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   The purpose of the Heart of Ohio Trail is to establish and maintain a safe recreational and transportation trail through western Knox County utilizing former railroad beds.  The trail will be a public resource that preserves open spaces, encourages outdoor education and physical activity, inspires appreciation of local history and geology, and enhances the living conditions, quality of life, sense of community, and economy of central Ohio. 
~~Heart of Ohio Trail bylaws


The Heart of Ohio Trail includes 16 miles of former railroad bed that was purchased by the Knox County Commissioners in June 2004. This event paved the way for a dream to move toward a reality. Securing this piece was an investment in the future of Knox County.

By linking on the west to a proposed Delaware County trail and on the east to the Kokosing Gap Trail, the Heart of Ohio Trail will be the central connector of the 325-mile Cincinnati-to-Cleveland Ohio to Erie Trail.

The Heart of Ohio Trail is owned by the county but is managed by our non-profit Heart of Ohio Trail, Inc., community organization. Grants and volunteer efforts support trail acquisition and development. Many county citizens and businesses assisted with the initial clearing of the trail through Centerburg and near Bangs.

YOU CAN HELP by becoming a member of the Heart of Ohio Trail Group and by getting involved in creating this central section of Ohio's network of trails. Contact us at:
Heart of Ohio Trail Inc., P. O. Box 702, Centerburg, Ohio 43011



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