Lost Creek is the largest park with 457 acres of landscape.  It has 3.4 miles of trail that takes you past farm fields, through wooded areas and along Lost Creek making this Reserve a great place for hiking, cross country skiing and viewing wildlife. Click on the link to view the brochure map for Lost Creek Reserve. 

kids working in the garden
kids working in the garden
pumpkin and john deere
pumpkin and john deere
gazebo
gazebo
wagon planter
wagon planter
pumpkin scarecrow
pumpkin scarecrow

Lost Creek Reserve is the site of the Historic Knoop Homestead whose rich history encompasses over 200 years and five generations of Knoops. The Victorian Era farm house and historic barns still decorate the landscape. A nature trail takes you past farm fields, through wooded areas and along Lost Creek making this park a great place for hiking, cross country skiing and viewing wildlife.

History

In 1997, Mark D. and Dorothy Knoop set-up a private trust to benefit the Miami County Park District. The Park District purchased 173 acres, which is contiguous to the 239 acres held in the Trust. This purchase included the Knoop Homestead, the ancestral Knoop cemetery and several barns. In purchasing this property from the family of Mark D. and Dorothy Knoop, the Park District has recognize the influence of the Knoop ancestors on the development of Miami County by naming the new park, Lost Creek Reserve and Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center. The original 239 acres in the Trust was given to the Park District to be continues as “tillable land for agriculture as well as preserving for posterity some beautiful pastoral area that will never be built over with housing as commercial development has happened in so much of Ohio. “This gift is also a legacy to my ancestors who developed this land” – Mark D. Knoop. 

Activities

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hiking
  • Nature programs
  • Hand-on environmental education
  • Picnicking 
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing 

Natural Features

  • 457 Acres
  • Lost Creek
  • Walnut Grove
  • Woodlands
  • Oak Savanna

Historical Features

  • Victorian Era home
  • Historic Knoop cemetery
  • 5 Historic barns
  • Knoop Cabin

Facilities

  • 3.4 miles of trail
  • Working organic dairy farm
  • Future Agricultural Heritage Center
  • Lettuce Cook - Cooking Club
  • Beginning Beekeeping
  • Eco-Splorers & Eco-Tots "Back in Time Week" Camp
  • Lettuce Cook - Cooking Club
  • Gardening 101 - NEW DATE
  • CANCELLED - Leave No Trace (LNT) Training
  • Health Trekkers
  • Gardening 101
  • Lettuce Cook - Cooking Club
  • Lost Creek Garden Series
  • Night Hike
  • Health Trekkers
  • Lettuce Cook - Cooking Club
  • Bookmobile "Plant a Garden"
  • Souper Walk
  • 2017 Eclipse
  • Dog Social "Working Dogs"
  • Healthy Holiday Cooking
  • Night Tree
  • Bookmobile "Recycling"
  • Dog Social "Spring Fling"
  • Lost Creek Garden Series
  • Lost Creek Trail Run
  • FULL - Preschool in the Park "Nature Scavenger Hunt"
  • Lettuce Cook - Cooking Club
  • VIP Ice Cream Social
  • Health Trekkers