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Geocache #10 -Final destination
Welcome to the Mohican River
at Greer Landing
Welcome to Site #10 on our Geotrail designed by the Knox County Park District. We hope you enjoy the sites along the State Scenic Mohican River. The extensive forested corridor of the Mohican River includes sycamore, cottonwood, willow, and other floodplain tree species. In areas where the hillsides are steep, hemlock, native white pine, and mixed hardwood species are present. As you paddle or walk to locate the geocaches on our trail, please scan and read the content within the QR codes. The information you gain will help you earn your Geocoin as we test your knowledge upon completion of the trail. It is our mission to educate on the importance of water quality in a watershed. Our geocoin sponsors include United Way of Knox County, Knox Community Hospital Koko Kid’s Club, and Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention. To learn more about our partners click on the icons above.
The Mohican River watershed drains nearly 1,000 square miles of land. It has three main tributaries: Black Fork, Lake Fork, and Clear Fork. The State Route 514 bridge you crossed in Greer is located at river mile 16.9. Wally Road (this road is the corridor to Loudonville and all the scenic tourist attractions) ends along the westside of the river as Greer appears. Downstream from the bridge on the eastside, is Greer Landing which is operated a public access site. Knox County Road 77, locally known as Brinkhaven Road, runs along the base of the hill. An Indian mound is located at the top of the hill. As you paddle the river you will notice remnants of the historic Walhonding Valley and the Ohio Railroad (known as the Wally). The railroad ran between the towns of Loudonville, Greer, and Coshocton. Many mills were constructed on the Mohican, giving the local farmers a nearby place to process their crops.
Look closely and locate the Onion Bag dispenser designed by Paddle for Heroes. This group is a small veteran’s organization that works diligently to involve veterans, first responders, and others with river clean-ups, community projects, disaster relief, and healing through paddling. This group learned of the idea as they visited the Sturgeon River in Northern Michigan. The National Park Service only allows mesh-style litter bags on the river to keep litter down if your canoe or kayak capsized. Plastic trash bags have been known to rip open and spill the trash you collected into the river. Mesh style onion bags can be tied to the side of your tube or kayak and the water will free flow through the mesh while keeping your trash secured inside the bag. The Sturgeon River as a result of this project had a significant decrease in litter after installing the onion bag dispenser. Paddles for Heroes are actively involved in Knox County’s annual “River Rally” cleanups. They help by removing tires and other litter from the river. In 2020, 56 tires (1,512 lbs) were removed and recycled, this amount was considerably less than 2019 which included 171 tires. Be sure and take a selfie at the dispenser and tag #onionbagproject for a free Paddle for Heroes backpack (supplies are limited). Enjoy the Paddle for Heroes swag too!
Adjacent to Greer Landing is the Last of Mohicans Campground, serving as a Hospitality Stop on the Geotrail. Click on the “cache dollar” icon below to receive a $5.00 discount on an overnight stay at the campground. Enjoy this scenic view of the river as you nestle in for an evening of camping along the river. Do not be surprised if you hear the sound of a bobcat or coyotes in the distance!
Are you ready to take the quiz and earn our geocoin? You must score at least 90% and can retake it as many time as you would like. We hope that you enjoyed our state scenic rivers and have learned some valuable information regarding Ohio Rivers while visiting Knox County.
The Last of the Mohicans Campground offers a $5.00 discount on an overnight stay. Click the link for the coupon.
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Take a selfie at Onion Bag Dispenser and support the work of Paddles for Heroes use the hashtag #onionbagproject
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