Welcome to the Knox County Park District

Welcome to our website. If you're looking to explore the great outdoors, you've come to the right spot. Knox County Park District's parks, water trails and area bike trails provide the public with an abundance of nature activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking and picnicking, as well as meaningful educational experiences. Thanks to Knox County voters passing a modest parks and trails levy in 2008, new programs and parks and progress has been made on developing 16-mile Heart of Ohio Trail. In November of 2012, Knox County voters reaffirmed their commitment to a robust parks and recreation system, when they renewed the park levy. The Board of the Knox County Park District thanks voters for their continued support!

The purpose of Knox County Park District is to acquire, conserve and manage Knox County natural resources in a manner that preserves the rural character of the county, while protecting the county's unique historical and natural resources. We hope you enjoy our site and leave with an appreciation for what many of our residents and visitors already realize — Knox County Park District is a great place to live and visit.

Heart of Ohio Trail

The Heart of Ohio Trail is now open from Columbus Road in Mount Vernon to North Clayton Street in Centerburg. View a HOOT map.

Caution: Kokosing River log jam

There is a log jam on the Kokosing River between the Stull Road bridge and Pipesville Road bridge. Stay left to avoid entrapment. Watch for a red danger sign posted in the river just down stream of the Pipesville ballfields and Hope Fishing access.