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.

Thayer Road closed until further Notice

Thayer Road bridge is closed immediately until further notice! To access the Heart of Ohio Trail parking lot, Thayer Ridge Park and the Knox County Compost area on Thayer Road, as you travel south on State Route 3/36 turn left onto Kinney Road, travel to Henry Road and turn right, Henry Road deadends into Thayer Road. The HoOT parking lot will be on the right. Turn left onto Thayer Road and travel to Thayer Ridge Park. The Compost area is on the right as you travel to Thayer Ridge Park. The bridge on Thayer Road is not scheduled to be replaced until 2016!

Starting on 10/5/2015 the Heart of Ohio Trail is closed at Graham Road for two to four days to address erosion issues along the trail!

The Heart of Ohio Trail is closed at Graham Road. Do not proceed on the trail due to heavy machinery utilizing the trail to perform this work. Thank you for your patience during this time!