There are many destinations in which you can explore the great outdoors. Chillicothe offers the chance to see the beauty of southern Ohio, while being nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Region. Chillicothe is one location within Ross County that offers State Parks and a National Park. For the outdoor enthusiasts that means you have plenty of options on trails for hiking and biking, beautiful sights of the Ross County landscape, and a little touch of history with our National Park.
Our State Parks offer more than just trails though, there are amenities that will be perfect for the whole family to allow for entertainment, encourage relaxation, and even better – the opportunity to spend time with each other and reconnect outside the electronic world. Just some of the activities include paddle boating, disc golf courses, beaches and over 120 miles of trails.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park offers a total of five-sites throughout Ross County that offer views of earthworks created by the pre-historic Hopewell Culture. These magnificent sites were built to a monumental scale over 2,000 years ago, with some of the earthen walls up to twelve feet high and outlining geometric shapes of more than 1,000 feet across. In addition to these, many of the sites feature perfect squares and circles that align with special solar and lunar events. Once a gathering spot for celebrations, funerals and rites of passages but the Hopewell, now has become a gathering spot for the modern age to view these grand earthworks.
Although, you can find outdoor destinations throughout the world, Ohio’s very own Ross County offers the opportunity to experience a little part of history along your outdoor journey. At the end of the day, tuck everyone in at one of the hotels, cabins or bed & breakfast locations.