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The Kokosing Gap Trail Bridge in Mount Vernon Ohio

by Sam Miller

Soar Above the Kokosing Gap Trail

Traveling East towards Gambier, Ohio is a 1.5 mile marker, the Kokosing Gap Trail bridge. Our custom drone footage below captures the gorgeous point of view above the bridge and highlights the gentle rippling river and bright green forestry. Hover just above the river and fly below, above, and beside the bridge for a perspective you've likely never had before. The Kokosing Gap Trail is open to the public 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has park benches for resting and taking in the beautiful environment every half mile down the path.

If you love visting the Kokosing Gap Trail, consider making Mount Vernon, Ohio your new home. Click HERE to view Mount Vernon, Ohio homes for sale.

This feature article is part of our ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.

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Water Under The Bridge

Find yourself soaring above the railroad bridge on the Kokosing Gap Trail in Gambier, Ohio and find views you've likely never seen before. This custom drone footage below captures the serene environment of bright green forestry, birds flying by, and the rippling Kokosing River nearby Kenyon College. Fly alongside and inside the railroad bridge at the 4 mile marker to experience a unique tour of the Kokosing Gap Trail. Check out our other featured article with extra drone footage on the Kokosing Gap Trail's Restored Steam Locomotive also located in Gambier, Ohio.

If you enjoy walking the Kokosing Gap Trail and love the community of Gambier, Ohio, consider making Gambier your new home! Click HERE to find Gambier, Ohio homes for sale.

This feature article is part of our ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.

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"Old 63" and The Chesapeake and Ohio Wood Caboose

Constructed in 1940, engineers likely didn't know that they would be creating a locomotive that would be restored and put on display as a piece of history along the Kokosing Gap Trail in Gambier, Ohio. Once used for switching cargo in Alabama, this restored locomotive was transferred in 2001 and is now displayed nearby the Kenyon Atheltic Center or the "KAC" and is visited every year by many people. The Chesapeake and Ohio wood caboose was built in 1924 and was used by the trainmen to cook and eat their meals, watch the cars ahead, and where the conductor could do his paperwork. Donated to the Kokosing Gap Trail in 1997, the caboose was remodeled by volunteers who did substaintial work, and left all the lanterns, tools, stools, and locks authentic.

Above The Trail

Although visited by many, the unique perspective provided below has likely not been seen like this before. We flew our drone above the restored locomotive and caboose and captured stunning views of the caboose, locomotive, Kenyon Athletic Center, and gorgeous country views. 


 

If you enjoy visiting the restored steam locomotive and walking the Kokosing Gap Trail, consider making Gambier, Ohio your new home. Click HERE to view homes for sale in Gambier, Ohio.

 

This feature article is part of our ongoing series titled 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800.

 

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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.

For race details visit: http://www.halfmarathons.net/usa_half_marathons_ohio_earth_day_challenge_half_marathon.html

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

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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