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 nearly 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, waterways offer an outlet for a relaxing afternoon while exploring the region from a kayak or canoe. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and wildlife while you navigate the stretches of long easygoing pools, shallow riffles, and rocks along the way. With varying water levels throughout the year, it’s great for beginners and experienced kayakers. 

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

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