Living History Along the Kokosing River
A River Sentinel: the Sycamore Tree
Sycamore trees are fixtures along rivers. Their noble white branches extend from roots that tolerate wet ground. The first Knox County settlers, arriving by canoe, were greeted by mammoth sycamore trees that grew up to 15 feet across, some large enough to shelter families or livestock in their hollowed bases.
Follow our river trail down the stairs to discover a sycamore tree that is not quite as large, but big enough to spur the imagination. The forest surrounding it continues to benefit people by filtering pollutants, moderating floods, and preventing bank erosion.
Rails to Trails
The Kokosing Gap Trail was once a railroad that connected Knox County with cities across the nation. It continues to provide scenic views of the river and historic attractions like pre-1900 trestle to your right and a steam engine located 0.5 miles further east.
Erected by Brown Family Environmental Center.
Location. 40° 22.289′ N, 82° 24.096′ W. Marker is in Gambier, Ohio, in Knox County. Marker is on Newcastle Road (Ohio Route 229), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gambier OH 43022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Kenyon Cornerstone (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Lorin Andrews (approx. ¼ mile away); Edward Bates Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Wharton Marriott (approx. 0.4 miles away); David Bates Douglass (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Crowe Ransom & The Kenyon Review (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kenyon College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gambier (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gambier.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 19 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 15, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.