Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian region in southern Ohio is Ross County and Chillicothe, Ohio that offer outdoor enthusiasts 5 State Parks, 1 National Park and many acres of State Forests. Whether you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, boating, hunting or fishing there’s plenty of options for your favorite outdoor pastime in Chillicothe.


Many experienced hikers and mountain bike riders enjoy the trails at Great Seal State Park for the terrain. These trails cross mostly wooded, hilly terrain with some steep inclines and ravines. Sugarloaf Mountain Trail rises almost 500 feet in less than a quarter mile through dense maple-dominated forest. There are over 23 total miles of trails available to hikers, bikers and equestrian riders.


Scioto Trail State Park offers two small lakes that are ideal for canoeing and fishing. These lakes offer bluegill, bass, catfish and trout for anglers. The adjacent State Forest offers excellent hunting for deer, squirrel, grouse and turkey. Scioto Trail also features an area for swimming with trails for hiking and biking.


Bainbridge, just west of Chillicothe, is home to Paint Creek State Park and Pike Lake State Park. Paint Creek State Park offers 12 miles of mountain bike trails. The north loop offers the most challenging terrain through the wooded hillside, while the south loop winds through meadows and woodlands offering excellent views of Paint Creek Lake. Pike Lake State Park offers a 13 acre lake for fishing where anglers can catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, bullheads, bluegill and crappies.


These State Parks, plus Tar Hollow State Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and the many State Forests will provide you with plenty to do in Chillicothe and its nearby communities. You can find additional activities at each of these parks and even more outdoor recreation ideas online at

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