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Knox County Ohio Real Estate Information Archive

Sam Miller


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Despite all the negative media surrounding the housing industry these days our Knox County Ohio real estate market activity is stastically beating many other Ohio markets.  During the month of August the Knox County real estate market had 25 successful home sales close through the local Board of Realtors.  The average home sales price for August was $135,112 with the lowest home selling for just $39,900 and the highest Apple Valley Lakefront home selling for $372,000.  The total dollar volume for residential home sales for the month of August was $3,377,800. 

Currently there are 387 homes that are actively for sale and listed in the Knox County Board of Realtors.  Based on the 25 sales in August there is roughly 15 months of active inventory on the market.  What this means is that based on the current absorbtion rate of 25 per month it would take 15 months to deplete our current inventory.  Fifteen months of active residential inventory is certainly higher than in years past but consider that there are an increased  number of bank owned foreclosed homes on the market today which is more more than in years past.

Residential homes in Knox County Ohio continue to sell and there is increased buyer activity in the market today.  We track the number of incoming phone calls, internet website viewings, we track the number of visitors who view our virtual tours and online videos and most importantly we track the number of showings on our listing each week.  ALL of these numbers are increasing which means the market activity is heating up and there is continued interest in the Knox County Ohio housing market.

Sam Miller

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.

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