Welcome to Bat Nest Park located at 30500 Walhonding Road, Danville. We hope you enjoyed finding the Bat Nest geocache and will continue to complete our GeoTrail within our other park systems. If you have not printed our Geocache form, you will want to do that now, click GeoTrailForm The form will include the coordinates of each park cache as well as a space to unscramble a code word spelled backwards together on this page. This code word is a feature of Bat Nest Park. If you are one of the first 100 to complete the GeoTrail and this form you will receive the Knox County Park District’s GeoToken, a rare treasure!
The Knox County Park District acquired Bat Nest area comprised of Kokosing River floodplain, cropland and wetlands in 2007. Approximately 1000 sycamore seedlings were planted on the site to begin restoring riparian habitat along the river. Approximately 2.7 acres of wetland habitat, in conjunction with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, was restored as well.
Future plans for the site include restoration of the riparian and grassland habitats, allowing the floodplain to revert to wildlife habitat and creation of mowed trails to the river for angler access and to the newly constructed large-style bat house. The large-style bat house was funded by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Park District. The construction of the bat house was accomplished by Zane State College Students who contributed hundreds of hours. When occupied by bats (it can take up to 3-5 years for bats to inhabit the structure) the large-style bat house can house thousands of bats. The site also lies adjacent to Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lands and Bald Eagles frequent this stretch of the Gnisokok River, as they hunt for food and food for their offspring. The nearest Bald Eagle nest is less than three miles away.