Trails & Parks

Click here for a list of all community and county parks in Knox County and their amenities.

Ariel-Foundation Park
P.O. Box 644
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-9577
Email: [email protected]

  Ariel-Foundation Park is a spectacular 250-acre public green space under construction in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The park is being built on the site of the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass manufacturing plant. Located within walking distance of Mount Vernon's historic downtown, Ariel-Foundation Park will be one of the most unique public parks in Ohio. Visitors will be able to enjoy lakes, woods, walking trails, picnic areas, a bike path, an events center, a restored railroad depot, historic ruins, terraced landscaping and more. Some sections of the park are already open and ready to visit. Other sections are in various stages of development. The entire park is expected to be completed sometime in 2015. We hope you will visit us soon!

Brown Family Enviromental Center
9781 Laymon Road
Gambier, OH  43022

(740) 427-5050

  The Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) exists to support the educational goals of Kenyon College by providing opportunities for study of organisms and habitats, and by conserving the natural diversity and cultural heritage of the Kokosing River valley. The BFEC also aims to benefit the general public of Knox County through environmental education and recreation consistent with its collegiate educational goals.

Centerburg Joint Recreation District
P.O. Box 61
Centerburg, OH  43011

(740) 358-2096
Email: [email protected]

  Recreation is what Centerburg Joint Recreation District (CJRD) does best. We're here to make healthy living fun and convenient for Centerburg, Hilliar, Liberty, and Milford residents and visitors. Whoever you are, whatever your age, you'll find an exciting assortment of year-round recreational activities for youth, adults and families!

Access numerous parks and recreation facilities, including the Centerburg Memorial Park, the Heart of Ohio Trail, and Centerburg Schools. Find recreational programs including after school programs, senior programs, and programs for those with special needs and disabilities. Discover seasonal events and outdoor recreation activities.

Fredericktown Recreation District
12 Mill Street
Fredericktown, OH  43019

(740) 697-8366
Email: [email protected]

  Enriching and improving the health, wellness and lives of everyone in the Fredericktown Recreation District.

The Fredericktown Recreation District was organized in 1980 and since that time has seen tremendous growth and expansion in both area and services. The FRD is a Joint Recreation District and encompasses the same area as the Fredericktown School District and we now have approximately 130 acres in the Park District. We serve almost 9,000 people in our district and operate on a 1.5 mil levy supported by the residents of the District. Much of the growth and expansion in the parks are due to the "we can do in a small town" attitude and the generosity and support of local groups, organizations, businesses and individuals.

The parks are developed and maintained at the current level today due to the help, generosity and support of local groups, organizations, businesses and individuals.

Heart of Ohio Trail
P. O. Box 702
Centerburg, OH  43011

(740) 392-6102
Email: [email protected]

  The Heart of Ohio Trail (HOOT), a 16-mile trail from Centerburg to Mount Vernon, is a part of the Ohio to Erie Trail crossing Ohio from the Ohio River near Cincinnati to Lake Erie near Cleveland. The HOOT section of the Ohio to Erie Trail follows Dry Creek to the Kokosing River along the old Clveland, Akron, and Columbus Railroad. About 7 miles of the trail has been paved: starting in Centerburg at N Clayton St and running east/north east to Graham Rd and is open for use. There are trail heads at N Clayton St, Centerburg Memorial Park, and at Mount Liberty. Grants have been applied for to pave other sections of the trail. A connector route through Mount Vernon to the Kokosing Gap Trail is being planned. For more information or to volunteer for trail maintenance, visit

Knox County Horse Park, INC.
7360 Thayer Road
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 258-9914
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Schedule is subject to change. Please visit for a monthly schedule. Membership stipulations may apply.

The Horse Park was begun in 1992 by a wonderful group of people that wanted to make sure that horse lovers in Knox County and surrounding area had a place to ride. Incorporated in 2001 as a private horse club. An elected group of trustees manage the property; officers and members raise funds to support the park facility and club activities. There are 60 acres that include riding trails, arena, shelter house, woods, and camping area. New members are welcome. Shows and competitions are open to the public.

Knox County Park District
117 East High Street, Suite 224

Mount Vernon, OH  43050

Email: [email protected]

  The purpose of Knox County Park District is: to acquire, conserve and manage Knox County's natural resources in a manner that preserves the rural character of the county; protect unique historical and natural resources; provide the public with meaningful educational experiences and access to a variety of parks and natural areas.

Knox County is a highly desirable place for people to live and work. It provides opportunities for commercial and residential development while protecting prime areas of natural and cultural significance. The Knox County Park District seeks to be a leader in efforts to protect and manage Knox County's natural resources.

Kokosing Gap Trail

Gambier, OH  43022


  The Kokosing Gap Trail is nicely paved and provides a wonderful path for walking, jogging, biking and rollerblading. This 14-mile recreational trail was built on the former Pennsylvania Railroad bed. The Trail begins in Mount Vernon and winds itself to Danville via Gambier and Howard. The Trail makes an ideal place for vigorous exercise. It's easy to note distances and to mark progress in physical fitness programs.

On the other side of the coin, the Trail can be used for a leisurely walk. It's not uncommon to see deer, hear the gobbles of wild turkeys or see a blue heron skimming the top of the river looking for food. In spring and summer, the wild flowers provide a beautiful border for the softly rolling hills and cultivated fields. As the seasons change, so does the scenery along the path. Summer greens give way to the bright oranges, reds and browns of autumn and then again to the dull-beauty of winter.

The Chesapeake & Ohio caboose #90776 is permanently parked at the Gambier stop. This caboose was built in November 1924 by the Standard Steel Car Company of Baltimore, Maryland and was active until 1979. In October 1997, it was donated to the Kokosing Gap Trail. The caboose was in poor condition and required serious repairs. Volunteers from the community constructed a new sub-floor, oak floor, double-pane windows and a seamless rubber roof. It was given a fresh coat of paint and now sits proudly beside the Trail as a reminder of the past and the importance that rail travel played in U.S. history.

The basic rules to follow while using the Trail are: Stay to the right. When passing, pass to the left. Keep pets on a leash and off the trail surface. Be alert at intersections. Don't trespass (private property borders the path) No alcohol. Don't litter. No horses or motorized vehicles

Kokosing River Outfitters
12569 Carey Lane
Howard, OH  43028

(740) 398-2948
Email: [email protected]

  Guided hunts among friends, and comfortable lodging in the off-season. We offer our services February through September. Please visit our website for more information,

Mohican Wilderness
22462 Wally Road
Glenmont, OH  44628

(740) 599-6741

  Open: May 1 to October 31

Family campground & outdoor recreation facility.

Ramser Arboretum
20718 Danville-Amity Road
Danville, OH  43014

(740) 392-2941
Fax: (740) 392-2940

  Ramser Arboretum contains 680 acres of native woodland, planted hardwood, and agricultural land, with 6 miles of hiking trails through the hilly terrain.

It is open to the public year-round except for deer-hunting season.

Tree Frog Canopy Tours
21899 Wally Rd
Glenmont, OH  44628

(740) 599-2662
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Beginning April 15 until October 30 daily from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Located 9 miles South of Loudonville, Northern Ohio's only zipline canopy tour is an adventure of a lifetime you will never forget. Our 2 1/2 to 3 hour-long, (4,025 ft total length) zip line canopy tour leads adventurers through the tree tops by means of zip lines, sky bridges, and rappels connected to platforms suspended in the tree tops. This tour is a "must do" for first time and experienced zip line enthusiast or anyone visiting the Loudonville Mohican area. Whether you are a nature lover, adventurist, or an adrenaline junkie you will not want to miss being one of the first to ride the Tree Frog Canopy Tour!