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Kokosing River Water Trail (OH)

Length: 28 miles
Location: Central Ohio
Accomodations: Launch sites

The Kokosing State Scenic River maintains its natural quality as it winds through mostly wooded and rural portions of Knox and Coshocton counties in Central Ohio. Beginning in Mount Vernon, this water trail includes long deep pools, riffles, short rapids, and scenic sandstone cliffs. Opportunities abound for wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting. Designation as a state scenic river and proximity to the Kokosing Gap Trail make this Ohio Water Trail an ideal paddle/pedal destination.

A float down the Kokosing River takes the user back in time. Paddling the upper end of the water trail takes the traveler through areas that were extensively glaciated 100,000 years ago. Between Mount Vernon and Gambier, paddlers travel through the Kokosing Gap, a valley area with Blackhand and Logan sandstone. As the paddler progresses downstream of Millwood, a stunning narrow, boulder-strewn, sheer-sided valley known as the “Narrows” awaits. The Blackhand sandstone cliffs seen here are over 300 million years old.

View a map & brochure (pdf file) of this Water Trail.

Access sites along the Kokosing occur at:

  • Riverside Park and Memorial Park in Mount Vernon, OH
  • Kokosing Gap Canoe Access (Lower Gambier Road)
  • Laymon Road Bridge and Big Run Road in Gambier
  • Pipesville Road Bridge in Howard
  • Millwood Road in Millwood.
Website: www.knoxcountyparks.org/kokosing river.htm

Contact Info:
Knox County Park District
117 East High Street, Suite 224
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050


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