BFEC Trail Maps
The BFEC has a variety of trails and habitats that you can enjoy.
In addition to the popular Fern Trail that starts near the butterfly garden, there is also a longer trail located north of Bishop's Backbone, and a short River Trail that takes off near the bridge on Laymon Rd. The later provides access to the Kokosing River and is marked by blue blazes on the trees. The Sunset Trail has a spectacular view of the Kokosing River. It runs along the hillside at the south end of the Kenyon Campus. The Kokosing Gap trail, a favorite of in-line skaters, bikers, and walkers passes through the BFEC and provides access to some lovely view of the Kokosing River and Knox County. The Gap Trail begins in Mount Vernon and ends in Danville. The maps presented here are the work of E.R. Heithaus and were prepared using MAP INFO, a type of geographic information software.
Bishop's Backbone Trail
- This trail takes off near the gate just off route 229 about 1/2 mile west of the Kenyon College campus.
- This trail is located near the BFEC - follow the signs located near the parking lot. It will take you along the edge of a prairie and then through a second growth area and terminate at the Kenyon Pine Plantation. If you continue through the pine plantation and back toward the crest of the hill there is a lovely view of the Kokosing River and the spires of the Kenyon College buildings.
-This trail can be accessed at several points. It runs along the hillside above the Kokosing on the South end of campus and crosses Route 308 about half way up the hill that is the major entrance to the campus. The lookout can be accessed from the road that leads to the science complex (first road to the right after turning right onto Route 308 from Route 229)
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