Downtown Connector Trail


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Downtown Connector Trail Facts

States: Ohio
Counties: Knox
Length: 1 miles
Trail end points: Heart of Ohio Trail and Kokosing Gap Trail
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9180695
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Downtown Connector Trail Description

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 Trail Access

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.

Downtown Connector Trail Reviews

When you enter Mount Vernon, Ohio on the Kokosing Gap Trail you have to cross over Mount Vernon Avenue. If you go straight ahead you end up in Phillips Park, a recreational baseball park and picnic area. This is where the Kokosing Gap Trail used to end. If you turn left after crossing over Mount Vernon Avenue you are on the Downtown Connector. This one mile trail follows the Kokosing River and connects directly with the Heart of Ohio Trail. It also brings you to South Main Street and the southern end of the city's business district. There is a Comfort Inn hotel right at the end of this trail which makes it very convenient for bikers.

A useful trail, but not a trail to travel out of your way to ride.

This short trail connects the Heart of Ohio trail to the Kokosing GAP trail in Mount Vernon OH. Newly constructed in 2015 the paved asphalt is in great condition. Trail follows the Kokosing River.
You can park at the old train station in Mount Vernon at Ariel Foundation Park. Large parking lot. Restrooms in the old train station. Nearby restaurants in Mt. Vernon.

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