• kokosing gap birdingMay 8 - 14
  • Kokosing Gap Trail Birding Challenge
  • Location: Kokosing Gap Trail segment of your choice
  • Time: flexible
  • Leader: Self-guided.

On a self-guided walk any time during this period, see how many species of birds you can find along the Kokosing Gap Trail. Choose any segment of the KGT and record the species (and the number for each if you are ambitious!) of any birds you can identify by sight or sound. Send your results, along with the mile-markers you pass in an email to Ray Heithaus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This should be the peak of spring migration, so be sure to take along a bird ID guide or smartphone app. Results will be shared with all participants.

Meeting Locations

Directions are from Mount Vernon

Location 1a. Knox Lake, Old Mansfield South access: Take Mansfield Road north from Mount Vernon. After crossing Armentrout Road, stay on Mansfield Road to the dead end in the parking lot at the south side of Knox Lake. Total distance from the Public Square is 8.5 miles.

Location 1b. Knox Lake, Prairie Run: This viewing point is on the extreme east end of Knox Lake along Knox Lake Road. Take Mansfield Road north, turn right on Armentrout Road to its end, then turn left on Knox Lake Road. There are three or four parking spaces where the road crosses Prairie Run. The lake will be on your left.

Location 1c. Knox Lake Marina and Boat Launch: This viewing area is on the north side of Knox Lake along what was once Old Mansfield Road. Take OH 13 north from Mount Vernon, then turn right on OH 95. Follow OH 95 northeast out of Fredericktown. Before reaching Ankenytown there will be a sharp curve to the left, with Mishey Road entering from the right. Turn right on Mishey Road and then immediately make another right turn onto Old Mansfield Road. Look for the Knox Marina sign. Follow Old Mansfield Road to the dead end in the public parking and boat launch area.

Location 2. BFEC Resource Center: Take SR 229 east to Laymon Road. [SR 308 turns left at this intersection.] Turn right and go southward 0.5 miles to parking lot on the right.

Location 3. Mission Oaks Gardens, Zanesville: Take SR 586 (Martinsburg Road) southeastward 30.6 miles to SR 146. Turn left on SR 146 and go 11.7 miles to Maple Avenue (SR 60) [In Zanesville SR 146 becomes Adair Avenue.] Turn left on Maple Avenue. Go 0.5 miles, keeping right and exiting to the right on Dresden Road. Proceed northward a short distance and turn right on Yale Avenue and then right on Euclid Avenue. Head south on Euclid about a half mile to entrance to Mission Oaks parking lot on the left. The entrance is well marked. An entry into the Garden is on either side of the parking lot. Allow about one hour for travel from Mount Vernon.

Location 4. Bladensburg old elementary school: Take OH 586 (Martinsburg Road) south out of Mount Vernon. After 10.6 miles, turn right onto North Market Street, then after 0.1 mile turn left onto OH 541. Drive for 3.9 miles to 25821 New Guilford Road (on the left).