In late April of 2007, the Knox County Park District, with financial assistance from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, acquired a 2+ acre property that includes a stunning, 25-foot high waterfall. This park, named for the stream, Honey Run, that cascades over the waterfall, is open to the public 365 days a year. In 2009, the park district purchased an additional 19 acres from the Millwood Sand Company, which provides visitors the ability to hike from the waterfall to the Kokosing River. Along the walk, visitors can view spectacular blackhand sandstone cliffs and boulders. A parking lot to access the falls is located at 10855 Hazel Dell Road, Howard 43028. Download a brochure. In 2010, an additional 348 acres was added to the site, across the road from the waterfall, known as Honey Run Highlands.
Originally identified as a priority park area in the original Knox County Comprehensive Plan in 1975, the Honey Run Waterfall site contains a rare plant community (disjunct boreal habitat more often found in Canada) and unique views of the blackhand sandstone, formed some 350 million years ago.
Towering Eastern hemlocks, witch-hazel, partridge-berry, wild ginger and round-leaved hepatica grace this natural area.
Since 2014, several construction projects (a staircase and two bridges over Honey Run) were developed to protect the unique ecosystem and natural resources on the site and to provide for vistors’ safety. The bridge nearest to the Kokosing State Scenic River was built by the 2015 Leadership Knox Class. If you wish, you can view a longer YouTube video of the site and listen to the sounds of this spectacular waterfall, the only one of its kind in Knox County. Watch a short, high definition video here.