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Things To Do In Knox County Ohio

by Sam Miller


Gambier Kenyon College Steam Engine Train at the Kokosing Gap Trail Bike Path

As part of our "365 Things To Do In Knox County Ohio" we are taking a short ride to Gambier, Ohio and visiting the Kenyon College Campus.  The Kokosing Gap Trail Bike Path passes directly through Kenyon and is situated next to the 70+ million dollar Kenyon College Field House and Athletic Center.  This is the location where you will find a beautifully restored locomotive, rail car and caboose.

This is a great experience for all ages and if you haven't climbed onto a train this is your opportunity to feel like a kid again and experience it.  If you have children or even grandchildren, be sure to bring them with you because the train is kid friendly and they can climb on the train and even ring the special bell that is on the locomotive.  You are welcome to bring your bikes, roller blades and walking shoes because after you check out the train you might just fall in love with the paved bike path which will take you on a journey through the countryside on bridges, over a river, streams and even through a gorgeous stone tunnel.  If you spend 5 minutes or 50 minutes looking at this train, I am confident that you will agree that this train is another one of the many treasures that Knox County Ohio has to offer.  

365 Things To Do In Knox County Ohio

by Sam Miller


Mount Vernon Ohio Kite Flying in Knox County Ohio photo by Sam Miller

It's going to be my pleasure sharing with you 365 Things To Do In Knox County Ohio over the next 12 months.  This evening I visited the Mount Vernon High School ball fields where I did a little kite flying.  Tonight was an absolutely gorgeous April evening and I shot this video right before the sunset.  The ball fields are located just across from Memorial Park on Mount Vernon Avenue and they are very close to the Kokosing Gap Trail Bike and Walking Path.  The reason I like this location is because there are no power lines nearby and you have plenty of room to launch your kite without getting it tangled up in trees or power lines.  I also love this location because if your kite decides to make a crash landing you typically don't have to worry about destroying it.  Kite flying is also a lot of fun regardless if you're a 7 year old kid or 70 years old adult.  I am 43 years old and every time I fly a kite it is amazing how my busy life seems to fades away.  If you are looking for some fun and a few moments to clear your mind, kite flying in Knox County Ohio is hard to beat. is a real estate website that features Knox County Ohio homes for sale, Knox County Ohio lots and land for sale and community information relating to all the cities and villages within Knox County Ohio such as Mount Vernon, Apple Valley Lake, Centerburg, Danville, Howard, Fredericktown and Gambier.

Mount Vernon Ohio Water Park

by Sam Miller


Mount Vernon Ohio Water Park photo by Sam Miller

The Hiawatha Water Park and Pools in Mount Vernon, Ohio is a very special place and a proud accomplishment of our community.  When I was opening my mail today I opened up a new brochure with the latest schedule and pricing for the Hiawatha Water Park and Pools.  The basic schedule highlights opening in June through August with hours ranging from 12 noon to 7:45 p.m.  There is a little disclaimer on the closing time which says "Manager will determine pool closure due to inclement weather" which I am sure is for safety purposes due to rain and storm conditions.  This year they are once again offering season pass options and I have scanned their brochure and have included the actual 2017 rates and I have featured them at the very bottom of this page for you.

The embedded video below is a quick and fun look at the Hiawatha Water Park and Pools.  I am often asked how I was able to keep the video camera from getting wet while taking a wild ride down the water slide.  The trick was to enclose the video camera inside a ziplock plastic bag and hold the clear plastic bag tightly over the lens to eliminate a distorted video image. 


There are special pricing brackets for memberships purchased before May 1st, 2017!

Household Membership for Mount Vernon Residents is $180.00 and for Non-Residents, $200.00

Individual Memberships (Ages 6-59) for Mount Vernon Residents are $85.00 and for Non-Residents, $100.00

Child Memberships (Ages 1-5) for Mount Vernon Residents are $45.00 and for Non-Residents, $60.00

Senior Citizen Memberships (60 and over) for Mount Vernon Residents are $50.00 and for Non-Residents $65.00

Hiawatha Water Park and Swimming Pool in Mount Vernon OhioSwimming lessons are offered at a first come, first serve basis to those purchasing a seasonal membership.  Sign ups for lessons and opportunity for purchasing your memberships will be held Wednesday, May 10th and Thursday May 11th between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  The Hiawatha Water Park and Pool has many added bonuses, including use of patron lockers, just bring your own lock!  In order to be eligable to purchase a residential membership, members must reside within the Mount Vernon City School District.

The daily rates for The Hiawatha Water Park and Pool are as follows:

Individual Passes (ages 6-59) are $7.00 between the hours of 12 noon and 5:00 p.m. and $5.00 after 5:00 p.m.

Children's Passes (ages 1-5) are $4.00 between the hours of 12 noon and 5:00 p.m. and $3.00 after 5:00 p.m.

Senior Citizen Passes (ages 60 & up) are $6.00 between the hours of 12 noon and 5:00 p.m. and $4.00 after 5:00 p.m.

Children (under 1) are at no cost!

The Hiawatha Water Park and Pool is located at 100 Sychar Road in Mount Vernon, Ohio and hours are between 12:00 noon and 7:45 p.m. from June through August.  If you have any questions prior to the season, feel free to call the City Hall Auditor's office at 740-393-9521.  Once the park is open, call 740-393-0288 for any questions.

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Make memories that will last a lifetime with family and friends in one of Mount Vernon, Ohio's most proud community accomplishments!


Run the Kokosing Gap Trail this Earth Day

by Sam Miller

Run the Kokosing Gap Trail this Earth Day
Sunday, April 12, 2011

Kokosing Gap TrailExperience the beauty of the Kokosing Gap Trail with hundreds of other runners during the Earth Day Challenge Marathon and Half Marathon. The race starts on the Kenyon’s College’s clandestine campus, then continues onto the trail itself. The Kokosing Gap Trail is a 14-milelong paved recreational trail built on the former Pennsylvania Railroad that lies just south of the campus, just across the Kokosing River.

Keep your heart pumping and your eyes open as you run over bridges, past trees, and under tunnels. This route is all about you versus yourself, with as little outside distractions as possible. The Kokosing Gap Trail provides perfect even-terrain, with very few climbs or dips on a well-maintained path. The course continues along the trail all the way back to the Kenyon campus, up a scenic hilltop, and a left on Duff Road, where runners head north and then back up to the Kenyon Athletic Center for the finish. There’s no better way to celebrate the planet then with a soul-defining run on the gorgeous Kokosing Gap Trail.

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Be sure to visit our Kokosing Gap Trail page for more information about this beautiful Rails-to-Trails path.

Visit a Knox County OH Pumpkin Patch!

by Sam Miller

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are beginning to change, and autumn is officially in full swing in Ohio.  Halloween is just around the corner, and if you haven’t done so already, this weekend will be the perfect time to pick up your family’s Jack-o-Lantern!


A great way to spruce up your home’s curbside appeal during this season is to decorate with a few locally-grown pumpkins – maybe even add some hay and a scarecrow to really get festive!  Visiting a local pumpkin patch is also a fantastic way to enjoy the fall weather with your family and get some of those always-cute snapshots of the kids picking out their pumpkins.  Why not start a new tradition this year and visit one of these local pumpkin patches?


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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.

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