Chillicothe & Ross County, Ohio are nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Region in southern Ohio. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy five State Parks, a National Park with five sites, along with many City and County Parks.  These sites collectively provide over 200 miles of trails for hiking and biking through beautiful forests and prairies that provide spectacular views of scenic vistas, ravines, and mature woodlands.

In addition to the beautiful landscape, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park’s sites offer visitors the opportunity to view prehistoric earthworks that were created over 2,000 years ago. These magnificent earthworks were built to monumental sizes and with precise, geometrical shapes. Much about this culture remains a mystery, however, these sites have been identified to be locations for celebrations, funerals, and rites of passage for this culture. Because of their cultural significance, these sites are part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination to receive inscription to the World Heritage List.

The State Parks offer a variety of amenities and activities for families. You can enjoy paddling along calm waters of lakes, playing a round of disc golf, designated beaches for swimming, miniature golf, and even rock climbing. There are many areas for children to play and picnic areas through the Parks to spend quality time with the entire family.

Beyond the trails and parks of Ross County, visitors can sit beneath the stars as the action-packed production of “Tecumseh!” unfolds on the stage of Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre. Each summer this outdoor drama mesmerizes and entertains audiences, young and old, with the story of the noble efforts made by the famed Shawnee leader defending his Ohio homelands during the 1700s.

To find out more about these adventures, request your complimentary copy of the official Ross-Chillicothe Visitors Guide by calling (800) 413-4118 or online at

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