Mt. Vernon & Newark

Kokosing Gap Trail

This 14 mile paved bicycle trail in Knox County extends from Mt. Vernon to Danville Ohio with the western 2/3rds of the trail resealed in 2005. The bike trail is on a former Conrail railroad bed. Long bridges, wooded areas, and wetlands add interest to this trail. Within Mt. Vernon, The park at the east end of the trail is off Mount Vernon Ave. One can go south on Mt. Vernon Ave. from S.R. 229, or east on Mt. Vernon Ave. from S.R. 586 near the S.R. 13 intersection.

Newark Ohio: Licking County Trails

  • Thomas J. Evans Trail
  • Panhandle Trail
  • Black Hand Gorge Trail

The Thomas J. Evans Trail is a 14.3 mile paved bicycle trail running along Raccoon Creek northwest of Newark up to Johnstown.

The Panhandle Trail runs 10 miles from the E. Main & Morris St. in Newark, past the multi-story Longaberger Basket Office Building, to Felumlee Rd. (Parking near Hanover may be more appealing than on Morris St. During our visit, it appeared stones had been thrown onto the paved parking lot at Morris St.) About midpoint in the bike trail is S. Main in Hanover Ohio, aka, Licking Valley Rd., aka, 668. Taking 668 south leads to the Black Hand Gorge Trail. Road names to make this mile or so jog include going briefly on Marne Rd. and crossing S.R.16 on Brownsville Rd. with the trail being on the south side of the Licking River just off Brushy Fork Rd. The bicycle trail extends east to the beautiful Black Hand Gorge Nature Preserve located southeast of Hanover Ohio.