A scenic river runs through it…..
Mount Vernon is a beautiful community nestled along the Kokosing River approximately 45 minutes north of Columbus and home to 17,000 residents. In 1994 Ohio Magazine, Ohio’s premiere travel publication, named Mount Vernon Ohio's Most Livable Community. Mount Vernon sits at the base of the glaciated Appalachian Plateau surrounded by rolling hills and valleys. Being the seat of Knox County, Mount Vernon has a rich historical past and is home to the oldest opera theater in the United States, The Woodward Opera House.
The downtown area of Mount Vernon is a thriving commercial and industrial complex intermixed with the following educational institutions: Central Ohio Technical College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Kenyon College, soon to have a downtown presence in the historic Buckeye Candy Building, has its main campus located seven miles east of Mount Vernon in Gambier.
Mount Vernon residents and visitors are privileged to pursue an active, outdoor lifestyle by enjoying the many community parks and green spaces, including the Kokosing Gap Trail, which runs 14 miles along the State Scenic Kokosing River. The Mount Vernon area features two new parks: the 250 acre municipal Ariel Foundation Park and Wolf Run Park. The newest addition to the downtown square is the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel a joint partnership between Ariel Corporation and MVNU.