Kokosing Gap Trail in GambierAriel-Foundation Park is privileged to be located directly on the Heart of Ohio Trail (HOOT). The HOOT trail meets the Kokosing Gap Trail at the CA&C Depot on South Main Street in Mount Vernon, which also seves a a welcome center. The park is a great place to stop for a picnic lunch, to climb Rastin Tower, to fish, or take in a summer concert or movie event. The park also has three lakes perfect for kayaking and is adjacent to the Kokosing River Scenic Waterway.

Public restrooms and water fountains are located at the CA&C Depot, Schnormeier Event Center, and the Kiwanis Picnic Pavilion (by The Lakes).

Sidewalks can take you directly from the trail and the park into downtown Mount Vernon, where you will find a variety of restaurants, bakery, coffee shop, bookstore, art galleries and shops, and Y-Not Cycling and Fitness (206 South Main) for all your cycling needs.

Kokosing Gap Trail bridge between Mount Vernon and GambierFor more information:
Park/Visitor Rules
Heart of Ohio Trail
Kokosing Gap Trail
Ohio to Erie Trail
Ohio Bikeways
Knox County Park District
Central Ohio Greenways
KnoxWays
- links to dining, camping, activities, event/festival calendar and more
Pelotonia

(Photos courtesy www.knoxways.org and www.knoxcountyohio.org.)

 

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Park Info

 

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 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]
740-501-9293

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
City Hall, 40 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]
740-393-9577

 
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