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Kokosing River
Kokosing River Mount Vernon Ohio.jpg
The Kokosing River in Mount Vernon
Country United States
Physical characteristics
Main source Morrow County, Ohio
River mouth Walhonding River, western Coshocton County, Ohio
Length 57.2 mi (92.1 km)
(location 2)
  • Location:
  • Average rate:
    547.18 cu ft/s (15.494 m3/s) (estimate)
Basin features
Basin size 482 sq mi (1,250 km2)
Map of the Walhonding watershed showing Kokosing River
Kokosing River Gambier Ohio
The Kokosing River as viewed from the Kokosing Gap Trail near Gambier

The Kokosing River (ko-KO-sing) is a tributary of the Walhonding River, 57.2 miles (92.1 km) long, in east-central Ohio in the United States. Via the Walhonding, Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 482 square miles (1248 km²). Etymologically, "Kokosing" translates roughly to "River of Little Owls." The Kokosing River rises in Morrow County, northeast of Mount Gilead, and initially flows southwardly. It turns eastwardly near Chesterville and flows through Knox and Coshocton Counties, passing the communities of Mount Vernon, Gambier and Howard. In western Coshocton County the Kokosing joins the Mohican River to form the Walhonding River, about 2 miles (3 km) northwest of Nellie.

Upstream of Mount Vernon, the Kokosing collects its largest tributary, the North Branch Kokosing River, which rises in Morrow County and flows southeastwardly through Knox County, past Fredericktown.

Between Mount Vernon and Howard, the river is roughly paralleled by a rail trail, the Kokosing Gap Trail which continues to the town of Danville.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Kokosing River has also been known historically as:

  • Kokoshing River
  • Kokosing Stream
  • Owl Creek
  • Vernon
  • Vernon River
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