Knox County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site (click on the park’s name to go there).


 

Ariel-Foundation Park (Foundation Park Conservancy)
  • 100 Pittsburgh Ave., Mt Vernon, OH 43050
  • GPS coordinates: N40.382564, W82.497169
  • Location: From downtown Mt. Vernon head south on Main Street and make a right onto Columbus Road. You can then turn right on Madison Ave for the Lakes, or right on Pittsburgh Avenue for the main parking area (look for tall smokestack).
  • Park size: 250 acres
  • Dog friendly (Dogs must be kept on a leash and owners must pick up after them.)
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Archery range: Soon to be constructed
  • Restrooms
  • Among the park’s features are:
    • Paved pedestrian walkways that wind throughout the park, including woodland, lakeshore areas, and the “Tree of Life Labyrinth”.
    • Three ponds that were formally gravel quarries. They vary in depth from 10 feet to possibly 85 feet. The ponds are stocked yearly with Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch and Hybrid Bluegill. Boats with motors are allowed; the ponds are very popular with paddlers in canoes and kayaks.
    • The park has retained a pre-existing 280 foot-tall smokestack and surrounded it with a circular stairs that goes part way up the smokestack to a viewing platform some 140 feet above the park. It provides a nice view of Mt. Vernon.
    • Other features that commemorate the area’s industrial past include the Terraces and their associated River of Glass which commemorates the Chattanooga Glass company that used to make Coca-cola bottles, and the Ruins and the Urton Clock House which commemorate the Pittsburgh Plate Glass manufacturing plant.
    • Restored depot for the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus (CA&C) Railroad
    • Various facilities may be rented by private groups to hold their events.
    • The park currently connects with the Heart of Ohio Trail, and in the future is expected to connect with the Kokosing Gap trail.
  • Location on Google Maps
Heart of Ohio Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Centerburg to Mt Vernon
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 15 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Paved multi-use trail
Hellbender Preserve (County)
  • 23316 Coshocton Ave, Howard, OH 43028
  • Park size: 15 acres
  • Accessed via Kokosing Gap Trail. Names for Hellbender salamander
Honey Run Highlands Park (County)
  • 10855 Hazel Dell Road, Howard, Ohio
  • GPS coordinates: N40.383424,W82.266951
  • Park size: 370 acres
  • Total trail length: 4.5 miles
  • Good site for bird watching
  • 25 ft waterfall
  • Brochure
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Honey Run Highlands Park
Indianfield Bluffs Park (County)
  • 10855 Sapp Road, Howard, Ohio 43028
  • Park size: 25 acres
  • Total trail length: 1.5 miles
  • Good site for bird watching
Knox Woods (State Nature Preserve)
  • 17604 Coshocton Road, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050
  • Location: Located in Knox County less than 1 mile northeast of Mt. Vernon on the south side of U.S. Route 36. A parking lot is present at the rear of the Knox County Opportunity Center and a trail system starts from the parking lot. This site is managed by the Knox County Park District. For more information, call (740) 392–7275.
  • Park size: 30 acres
  • Fishing not permitted
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Not handicap accessible
  • No restrooms are provided.
  • Adjacent to Wolf Run Park, shares some trails.
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Knox Woods
Kokosing Gap Trail (Bike Path)
  • Transits: Mt Vernon – Howard – Danville
  • Trail map
  • Total trail length: 13 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Restrooms
  • Multi-use paved trail
Kokosing Lake (State Wildlife Area)
  • Park size: 1,323 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Restrooms (Latrines)
  • Fishing Map for Kokosing Lake
  • Enhanced Fishing Map for Kokosing Lake
Mohican River Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Park size: 474 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Wildlife Area Map for Mohican River Wildlife Area
Ramser Arboretum (Botanical Garden)
  • 24565 Danville-Jelloway Road, Danville, Ohio
  • GPS coordinates: N40.536131, W82.299086
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 680 acres
  • Total trail length: 5 miles
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Ramser Arboretum
Thayer Ridge Park (County)
  • 7077 Thayer Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • Park size: 70 acres
  • Dog friendly
  • Bridle trails
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Disc golf course, hiking, mountain biking, horse trails
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Thayer Ridge Park
Wolf Run Regional Park (County)
  • 18000 Yauger Rd, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
  • Park size: 280 acres
  • Total trail length: 6.8 miles
  • Dog friendly
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Wolf Run Regional Park

 

Last Update: 2016-06-02 13:49:23

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2 thoughts on “Knox County Parks & Nature Preserves”

  1. Carol Marshall says:

    Is there maps if the parks to print out? Cant find them on your site. Would be helpful so I know how long the trail is before heading out, especially with little kids.
    Thanks

    1. Deb Platt says:

      Carol, if we were able to find an online map for a park, a link will appear under that park’s name with the words “Trail map.” If you click the link you will typically be prompted to view or download a PDF file. In some cases, I have been able to find an image of the trail on the web, so the link will instead bring up what passes for a map as an image. After reading your comment, I noted that we photographed a map for Ramser Arboretum while visiting there and included the photograph in our review of the site. I went ahead in that case and linked to our own photo of the map.

      The government of Ohio typically does not publish online trail maps for our state nature preserves. If we have hiked there, we typically make a GPS trace of our hike which can serve as a map. So if you wanted to go to Knox Woods, you would click on the link labeled, “TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Knox Woods”. This brings up a teaser for the article. Click “Read more…” and at the bottom of the article is a GPS trace of the hike.

      Hope this helps!

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