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Bike or Hike Knox County

Is biking or hiking your type of adventure?  Pick your trail - The Kokosing Gap Trail, The Ohio to Erie Trail, The Heart of Ohio Trail, and Mohican Valley Trail all run through Knox County.  Our trails run across many Knox County treasures - some of them include the Bridge of Dreams, Ariel-Foundation Park, and the a 1940 Alco 0-6-0 locomotive and a 1924 Chesapeake & Ohio caboose located in Gambier.  You will also run across many restaurants, camp grounds, and hotels or inns along your way. 

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Brews , Bows, and Bottles

Imagine a Tap Room Take Over at the first brewery in Knox County since the 1880s at Stein Brewing Company followed up by a show in the newly restored Woodward Opera House (America’s oldest authentic Opera House) built in 1851. Add an overnight stay at the beautiful 4-1/2 STAR Grand Hotel just across the street; a replica of the historic Curtis Hotel built in the late 1800s. For your dining pleasure we can accommodate any pallet – fine dining to burgers – we have what you need. The next morning take in a little downtown shopping before you head over to Indian Bear Winery! 

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Fishing Trip

The are a variety of unique places to fish in Knox County. Ariel-Foundation Park has three lakes you can choice from such as the West, East and Central lake. From there, you can try Thayer Ridge Park and Wolf Run Regional Park – all three parks are located in Mount Vernon. At Bat Nest Park in Danville, has a spot called the “Hope Fishing Access,” named after Hope Tumidanski, along with her husband, sold the area to the Knox County Park District in 2006. The Honey Run Highlands Park in Howard has been a popular spot. For all these places listed above, you will need an updated fishing license. After a nice day of fishing, you could stay the night at Sunset Ridge Log Cabin in Danville or The Cider House in Mount Vernon. 

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Girl's Getaway

In need of a girl’s getaway? Knox County has everything you and your friends need to make it relaxing and memorable. Start out with a little shopping spree on Main Street, Mount Vernon to A Mystical Moment In Time, Paragraphs Bookstore, and visit The Makery on Main – making crafts while drinking coffee or tea. Treat yourselves to dinner at Moss Rose, enjoying a variety of delicious food and drinks. They stay open until 2:30am. End the night at The Mount Vernon Inn – where European Elegance means Midwestern Hospitality. In the morning, you can enjoy and wonderful breakfast and head back to Main Street for a nice spa day at Aesthetics Spa. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits in Downtown Mount Vernon.

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Knox County - NO DRAG

Fans of drag racing have one of the top strips in Ohio right here in Knox County at Pacemakers Dragway Park, 8926 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon. The 1/8th mile track is an NHRA sanctioned dragstrip and brings in racers from all over Ohio to its 60-plus year old park. The all-concrete track has a TSI Timing System, a concrete barriers with fencing in the shutdown and is open between April and November. Pacemakers has races for drivers of all ages and abilities, from Power Wheels racing for the kids to Super Pro and Pro Class. During the summer months, there is racing on Fridays, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday is a full day of racing, beginning with qualifying shots at 10 a.m. on days there are junior races. Others, racing begins at 2 p.m. and runs throughout the evening. The spectator area has bleachers for 1,000 visitors and a standing room only area that can fit in many more. The Eighth-Mile Eatery will fill you up between races, offering hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, fries and drinks of all kinds

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Up, Up and Away

For the more adventurous; visit Tree Frog Canopy Tours and zip line to your hearts content or perhaps you are into kayaking, canoeing, hiking, or biking. After your day of adventure stay at our famous Mohican Treehouses – who doesn’t want to stay in their own “Adult Tree House”? 

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