Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Region in southern Ohio, Chillicothe and Ross County offers a destination to enjoy America’s Parks through beautiful, scenic views of the Scioto River Valley. Ross County is home to five-State Parks along with a National Park that is comprised of five-sites. There are plenty of opportunities to make cherished memories and reconnect with your family.
Each State Park offers unique recreation and contributes to the over 120-miles of trails available to explore. Some trails offer a more challenging trek for those who are well conditioned while others offer the ideal trail for a family outing. Each Park offers more than trails for hiking and biking, there’s plenty of recreation opportunities for family fun. While you’re enjoying the spring weather, the family can take in a round of disc-golf, miniature golf, boating, rock climbing or even a simple picnic near a playground to name a few.
In addition to the State Parks, the National Park Service offers five-sites that showcase ancient earthworks created by a pre-historic culture over 2,000 years ago. These magnificent sites were built to monumental scale with some of the earthen walls reaching twelve-feet in height and outlining geometrical shapes that measure more than 1,000 feet across. These sites were once used by the ancient culture as gathering places for celebrations, funerals and rites of passages. Through the preservation by the National Park, these sites are open to the public and protected from destruction. The Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination to receive World Heritage designation. Upon the designation, these sites will be the first in Ohio to receive such a global recognition of their importance to the past, present and future.
During your visit, should there be a rainy day, or the family wants to explore other activities, Chillicothe offers visitors a wide variety of indoor recreation as well. As the first capital of the state, Chillicothe is rich in historic sites and museums to tour including a 19thcentury mansion, a museum with antique transportation and other collections to view, and a train museum housed inside two B&O Cabooses. You can also take in a show, shop in a quaint downtown, and enjoy plenty of restaurants, pubs and coffee houses to taste the local flavor.
Don’t forget to relax during your visit and let us show you some southern Ohio hospitality at one of our hotels, cabins or bed & breakfast locations. Tuck the family in to comfy beds and recharge for your next day of adventure while being just minutes away from everything Ross County has to offer. Let our tourism specialists help you plan your perfect visit by calling (800) 413-4118 or online at www.VisitChillicotheOhio.com.