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Although the Downtown Connector Trail is short, just a mile through Mount Vernon, it's a key connector between the Kokosing Gap Trail, which heads east to Danville, and the Heart of Ohio Trail, which heads west to Centerburg. All three trails are part of the expansive Ohio to Erie Trail network, which connects trails across the state from Cleveland to Cincinnati.
The Downtown Connector Trail, which opened in May 2016, begins at Memorial Park on its east end and travels west along the Kokosing River to the restored Cleveland, Akron & Columbus (CA&C) Railroad Depot, which dates back to 1907. The trail includes pedestrian/bike bridges over the Kokosing River and Dry Creek.
Parking and restrooms are available on the west end of the trail at Mt. Vernon's CA&C Depot at 501 S. Main St.
On the east end of the trail, you can hop on the Kokosing Gap Trail for a short distance to reach Phillips Park on Liberty Street, where parking and restrooms are available.
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