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Kokosing Gap Trail: Ohio’s Finest Rail to Trail

by Sam Miller

Once an active branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Kokosing Gap Trail offers Knox county residents a relaxing and very scenic means of exercise and recreation. Opened in 1991, the Trail is a 10-foot wide paved path that stretches 13.5 miles from Mount Vernon to Danville. Along its course, the Trail follows Knox County’s scenic Kokosing River and surrounding countryside. Forested hills, wetlands, family farms, and the river itself offer pleasant scenery, and many opportunities for memorable photos. Beginning in Mount Vernon’s Phillips Park, the trail runs east to historic Gambier, the home of nationally respected Kenyon College. Here, one can stop for a rest at one of the Trail’s restroom facilities and take photos with one of the Trail’s travelers from the past: and old steam engine, coal car, flatbed and caboose; a standing reminder of the legacy of America’s once great railroad system.


From Gambier, the trail continues northeast towards Howard, where the beautiful Apple Valley Lake and resort are located. Here, Trail goers will pass underneath Route 36 through a stone-arched tunnel, and then continue on towards Danville. It is in Danville where the 13.5-mile Kokosing Gap Trail ends, but if one wishes to travel further, the Mohican Valley Trail, which opened to the public in 1999, begins only a few blocks from where the Kokosing Trail ends.


Many people use the Kokosing Gap Trail. Its close proximity to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Kenyon College in Gambier makes it an excellent place for college students to get away from the stress of campus life and prevent the infamous Freshman 15. It is a great way for families to spend peaceful, quality time together, and instill in young children good exercise habits and a respect and love of nature. The Trail is an excellent way for anyone, of any age, to get the exercise needed to live a healthy, happy life.


The Trail is also a great place for nature lovers. In addition to the common squirrel, chipmunk, and deer, the Kokosing Gap Trail is also a great place for bird watchers. One of the most inspiring sights at the Trail is the rare spotting of the American Bald Eagle. At least one mating pair is reported to soar the skies along the Kokosing River, making the Trail one of the best places to try and spot this majestic, once endangered, bird of prey. With the 4th of July fast approaching, the spotting of the American Bald Eagle within Knox County could be one of the most memorable sights of the summer.


Parking for the Kokosing Gap Trail can be found in Mount Vernon, Gambier, Howard, and Danville. The trail features several river crossings on wooden-decked steel bridges, a few of which include observation decks where people can rest and take in the scenery or take a few photos. Recently, there has been some talk on extending the Trail to also run north to Fredericktown, Ohio. The Kokosing Gap Trail is a beautiful, relaxing stretch of path, which is enjoyable to people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether biking, walking, running or skating, the Trail is an excellent venue for exercise and shows off the beauty and rich history of Knox County.

Village of Colonial Woods Condominium Event

by Sam Miller

You are welcome to attend the model home open house event on July 7th and 8th (Saturday & Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..  Visitors and prospective home buyers will have an opportunity to view the new clubhouse that includes a fitness center and swimming pool.  During the event we will have 3 different model homes available including the Canterbury, the Windsor and the Chateau designs.  If you haven’t visited this tree surrounded condo community this is your chance to stop in and take a closer look. 

This is an EPCON community by Stoneworks Development and represented by Sam Miller of RE/MAX Stars Realty.  For more details visit 


The Village of Colonial Woods is located at 11889 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. 


Directions:  Take Coshocton road east just past the Knox Community Hospital and turn left at the Mount Vernon Radio Station and Knox County Health Department follow 3/8ths of a mile and the development is on the left.

Apple Valley Lake Fireworks

by Sam Miller

Apple Valley Ohio residents will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday July 7th.  The fireworks display will be set off near the Apple Valley Clubhouse towards the Apple Valley Lake.  If you have never experienced the fireworks being set off over the lake it is absolutely gorgeous.  Many property owners will actually view the fireworks from their boats while on the lake.  During this weekend there will be opportunities to view, tour and purchase Apple Valley lakefront homes and Apple Valley lakeview homes.  For more information and to preselect homes you would like to see during this weekend visit

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