8921 big run road gambier OH 43022
Kokosing State Scenic River
Big Run Road Access
This developed paddler and angler access site is #5 on the Water Trail Map of the Kokosing State Scenic River. The site offers ample parking facilities and an information kiosk. Located approximately one-half mile south of the intersection
of Big Run Road and State Route 229 in Gambier, the site includes a picnic shelter (funded by Mount Vernon Rotary and Rotary International 6690 in 2007) and the shelter cement pad (donated by Smalls, Inc.) with two
picnic tables and a grill for rest and relaxation. No reservations are necessary as it is a first come, first served facility.
This river access is excellent for upstream and downstream smallmouth bass fishing. Other fish species recorded at this location include; Least Brook Lamprey, the endangered Mountain Brook Lamprey, many variety of Chubs including the Creek Chub and River Chub, variety of Redhorse species, Catfish, Minnows, Sunfish, and many species of Darters including the very vibrant colored Variegate Darter.
Big Run enters on the river right immediately below the access. On river left are the remains of the last water-powered grain mill in Knox County. Beyond a large horseshoe bend in the river, short rapids lead to strainers and deep pools along a series of sharp bends. Bridges are located at Newcastle, Zion, Killduff and Stull Roads.
The historic bridge located at the site is a one-span, 190 foot-long, rivet-connected Warren thru truss bridge. The bridge, built in 1915, was manufactured locally by the Mount Vernon Bridge Company. The bridge was rehabilitated by the Knox County Engineer’s office and dedicated in 2010. It was awarded the 2011 Historic Bridge Award by the Federal Highways Administration, ODOT and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. The Bridge features a handicap-accessible picnic table and two park benches provided by guest donors through the Park District’s Memorial/Tribute Program.