Explore Chillicothe Ohio Guide 2022

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Your Adventure Begins Here Explore the great outdoors, marvel at extraordinary earthworks & more!


ADENA.ORG/ORTHO

Supporting champions.

Strengthening movements. Our nationally recognized Orthopedic and Spine program raises the bar for care—right here in the region we’ve been proud to serve for 125 years.


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Celebrate Ohio’s World Heritage

Hear Our Story And leave with Many of your Own.

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elcome to Chillicothe and Ross County, home to attractions that have drawn visitors since 200 B.C.! Use this free travel guide to plan your trip to the area’s historic sites, outdoor activities, charming communities and unique shopping and dining. No trip is complete without a stop in downtown Chillicothe, known for its selection of restaurants and shops. Relax and unwind at our hotels, cabins, Airbnbs or bed & breakfasts. See inside for highlights and visit our website, VisitChillicotheOhio.com, for details. Need help planning your trip? Stop in our visitor center at 230 N. Plaza Blvd. in Chillicothe, or contact us by phone at 740-702-ROSS or email at info@visitchillicotheohio.com. We look forward to helping you during your visit!

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ON THE COVER: PHOTOS BY LAURA WATILO BLAKE, TECUMSEH OUTDOOR DRAMA Copyright© 2022 by Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without permission of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. Advertisements and listings in this publication are provided as a public service to travelers. The Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau and Great Lakes Publishing are not responsible for errors or omissions, and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. All information is subject to change. It is advisable to call ahead before traveling.

Ross County celebrates its history with murals.

Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks gets World Heritage nomination.

Dynamic Downtown

Ohio’s first capital city is as vibrant as ever.

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Enjoy your stay! Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau staff

Looking for adventure? Find it in Ross County.

Plan your travels to stop in friendly small towns around Ross County. 23 trip ideas along U.S. Rte. 23 from Columbus to the Ohio River. Can’t miss family friendly attractions in Ross County.

Find your way around Ross County. Check out attractions that have drawn visitors since 200 B.C. Ross County knows how to celebrate! Find endless options for enjoying the outdoors. Relax in the comfort of one of many lodging options.

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847 Adena Rd. Chillicothe, OH (800) 319-7248 adenamansion.com


Find it in Ross County. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or arts aficionado, you’ll find plenty of options here, ranging from fascinating museums to historic theaters and internationally acclaimed Native American sights to untouched forests.

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THOMAS WORTHINGTON’S STORY

I came to Ohio to survey military land grants in the Northwest Territory in 1796. The fertility of the land convinced me of a brighter future in the Territory. I left my Virginia home and settled in Chillicothe in 1798 with my wife, Eleanor, and infant daughter, Mary. I was excited about buying and re-selling land in the Scioto River valley. In the spring of 1802, I moved my family to a temporary log home northwest of Chillicothe. Later in 1802, masons began cutting the stone for a mansion. In the fall of 1807, I moved Eleanor and our five children into our permanent home. Our family eventually grew to 10 children, five boys and five girls. I hired German indentured servants to develop a threeterrace garden on the east side of the mansion, and to create an extensive orchard to the west of the mansion. Here I have entertained many important people whom I have met through my efforts of promoting statehood for Ohio, which became a reality in 1803 when Ohio became the 17th state. My religious beliefs and my personal moral compass have also led me to support assistance to the state’s deserving poor and prison reform. A state library and free public education were a necessity for the development of Ohio. The canal system was also key to improve transportation and commerce. I was chosen as one of Ohio’s first two United States senators and later the sixth governor. I am called the “Father of Ohio Statehood” in recognition of my leadership and dedication to the cause of statehood and my vision for the ongoing development of the state.

VISIT TODAY See Ohio the way one

of its earliest leaders did. Adena Mansion, home to Ohio’s sixth governor Thomas Worthington, was completed in 1807. The view is so spectacular here that it inspired the Great Seal of the State of Ohio. If you look east, you will see the famous view of the Mt. Logan Range. The restoration of 300 acres of the former estate allows visitors to experience the mansion and gardens, as the Worthington family would have in the early 1800s.

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Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama

5968 Marietta Rd. Chillicothe, OH (866) 775-0700 tecumsehdrama.com

TECUMSEH’S STORY

My name, in Shawnee, means Shooting Star. I was born in 1768 near Chillicothe on tribal land nestled in the rolling hills and Scioto River valley that would become part of southern Ohio. As a young boy, I learned to hunt on these lands. We fish in the river and grow squash and beans in the rich soil. It has been like this for generations. I have been a warrior, a great warrior it is said, since I was 15. Our lives began to change as more and more white men, who we call Shemanese, began to enter the Kan-tuck-kee country to the south. Our chiefs and warriors knew that it would not be long before these Shemanese would cross the Ohio River and move into Shawnee country. I knew to defeat the Shemanese all tribes needed to be united. I urged other tribes, all under one sun and one moon, to come together. I used my gifts of persuasion, strategy, oratory skills and bravery to convince my brothers. In the War of 1812, my warriors fought alongside the British, who did not steal tribal land as did the American settlers.

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But even when other tribes joined the Shawnee, we were outnumbered in many battles. The Great Spirit did not grant us victory. My people have been driven from our homes along the Scioto with heavy hearts to the West. Often my words, “Show respect to all people and grovel to none,” are repeated. Although even shooting stars fall, their brilliance enlightens many.

VISIT TODAY Celebrate the 50th anniversary of

Tecumseh! in 2022 on Sugarloaf Mountain, where you can find a unique, immersive and upgraded show. A completely new sound system, a remastered version of the original soundtrack and set redesigns all put you in the middle of the action as you learn about the legendary Shawnee leader’s fight to defend his people’s homeland. The amphitheater is also the perfect setting to enjoy movies on warm summer evenings. Come October, Sugarloaf Mountain transforms into Haunted Mountain, a familyfriendly Halloween attraction.

ARC OF APPALACHIA Start your Arc of Appalachia visit at the Appalachian Forest

Museum, the first museum in the world devoted to Earth’s temperate deciduous forest. Learn what to look for in the forest, then step out to live the experience on the hiking trails that stem from the museum and lead through an old-growth forest into the Rocky Fork Gorge. Nearby, you can also find Junction Earthworks, a park featuring ancient American Indian earthwork complexes as well as hiking trails and a native prairie. From Junction Earthworks, you can opt to hike a 1-mile trail along an abandoned railroad corridor to Steel Earthworks. Steel Earthworks features a prairie loop trail by an intact wide, circular mound.


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CELEBRATE HISTORY IN ROSS COUNTY

AMERICAN INDIAN’S STORY

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

16062 St. Rte. 104 Chillicothe, OH (740) 774-1125 nps.gov/hocu

I am the voice of American Indians whose cultures flourished around the Great Lakes beginning more than 2,000 years ago. Our lives and remnants of most of the ways we lived and died are now shadows upon the earth. But in the Scioto River valley, near Chillicothe, part of our heritage and that of the Hopewell culture can be seen and sensed. Here we built amazing, monumentally scaled earthworks in the shape of circles, squares and other geometric shapes. By building them with basketfuls of earth, and placing them near waterways, we honor the Earth, the Sky and the Water. It gave us the strength of the surrounding hills and the persistence of the great winds overhead. The burial and ceremonial mounds connected us with our ancestors and family members who journeyed beyond our sight and whom we honored. By building these places to align with the stars, the seasonal solstices and equinoxes and the long lunar cycle of 18 years and 219 days, we honor the Creator and the Universe. They celebrate the sun, moon and stars that guide us in planting our crops. We built them to last forever. Our descendants, who came after us and who lived here in these places since they were built, are our relatives. They took care of the sacred sites — they respected these places and did not build on top of them. When you step onto these sacred places, you are returning to our lands.

VISIT TODAY See history before your very eyes at

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park when you walk among ancient mounds built by American Indians thousands of years ago. You can even bring your pup to travel the trails with you as you gain a deeper understanding of America’s past. Be sure to stop in the visitor center to explore the park museum and see artifacts from ancient culture.

Pique your curiosity at museums throughout Ross County. Learn more about the area at the Ross County Heritage Center that covers prehistoric cultures of the Scioto River valley through World War I and beyond. Stop in the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center to learn about the first wife of a president to be called the “First Lady.” The Chillicothe native was nicknamed “Lemonade Lucy” for her support of the temperance movement. Explore the exciting life of someone who really did run away and join the circus! The Ohio Circus Museum features famed lion tamer Clyde Beatty, a Bainbridge native who made film appearances in the 1930s and 50s. See how dentistry has evolved since the early 1800s at the first dentistry school: The Dr. John Harris Dental Museum.

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DOWNTOWN CHILLICOTHE Downtown Chillicothe is a hub of activity, with plenty to see and do. Spend an afternoon shopping at locally owned stores for unique gifts or take in a show at the historic Majestic Theatre, America’s oldest continuously operating theater. Fill your food craving — from comfort food to burgers to pizza — at one of Chillicothe’s several local restaurants, then stop in for a refreshing drink at the new brewpub Fifty West Brewing Co. It’s located exactly where the name implies: on Route 50.

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MAIL POUCH

Hidden until a fire in 2006 destroyed the surrounding buildings, this mural at 25 E. Second St. features a Mail Pouch chewing tobacco advertisement. In the heyday of barn advertising, Mail Pouch ads once covered over 20,000 barns and other buildings in the U.S. This particular mural, painted between 1880 and 1892, has been restored and sealed for future generations.

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You might think the mural painted by worldfamous mural artist Eric Henn at 68 E. Main St. is real. This seemingly photographic artwork features open barn doors revealing a horse and carriage and women in period dresses strolling the sidewalk. Painted in 2006, the mural is a tribute to the Chillicothe Telephone Company, one of the country’s oldest phone companies.

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At East Second and Mulberry streets in downtown Chillicothe, see a mural of the Ohio and Erie Canal, which once flowed through Chillicothe and drove the local economy for over 70 years. This mural, painted in 2003 by local artist Jeff Speakman, is based on a circa-1900 postcard that depicts a canal boat and period buildings.

BAINBRIDGE HERITAGE

IF WALLS COULD TALK TO SEE HOW ROSS COUNTY CELEBRATES ITS HISTORY, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE WALLS.

Colorful and detailed murals, many of which were painted by local artists, can be spotted in historic downtown Chillicothe, Bainbridge and Frankfort.

Plan your tour of Ross County’s murals on our new app.

Local artist Pamela Kellough’s postcards mural, found at 203 E. Main St. in Bainbridge and completed in 2017, shows images from different eras: the American Indian origins of the area, historic buildings in the town and modern day Bainbridge.

FRANKFORT HISTORICAL

Springfield Street in Frankfort is home to a 66-foot by 15-foot mural completed by Pamela Kellough in 2018. The mural depicts the area, from the original residents, the Shawnee Native American tribe, to a sunflower that honors the city’s roots in agriculture and nods to its annual Sunflower Festival. visitchillicotheohio.com

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oon the entire world will know about Ross County’s Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. The “outstanding universal value” of these American Indian earthworks is gaining attention as they move ever closer to joining the prestigious World Heritage List as part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks World Heritage nomination. With inspiration from the National Park Service, the UNESCO World Heritage List was created in 1972 to encourage international cooperation in protecting the world’s greatest cultural and natural treasures. More than 1,000 properties, including the Pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge and the Grand Canyon, are on the list. The United States has only 24 World Heritage sites, and none in Ohio. The closest is the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home Falling Water in western Pennsylvania.

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Great Circle Earthworks

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he Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination includes five earthworks at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County, along with Newark Earthworks’ Octagon and Great Circle in Licking County and Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County. Built between about A.D. 1 and A.D. 400 by American Indians, the earthworks were ceremonial gathering places for people who came from as far away as the Yellowstone basin and Florida. They are among the largest earthworks in the world that are not fortifications or defensive structures. The earthworks form precise squares, circles and octagons as well as a hilltop sculpted to enclose a vast plaza. The geometric forms align with both the sun’s cycles and the complex patterns of the moon. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County preserves five earthwork complexes: High Bank Works, Hopeton Earthworks, Hopewell Mound Group, Mound City Group and Seip Earthworks. Many were built to a monumental scale, with earthen walls up to 12 feet high outlining geometric figures more than 1,000 feet across. Newark Earthworks is the largest set of geometric earthworks ever built. The remaining well-preserved pieces — the Octagon Earthworks and Great Circle Earthworks — contribute uniquely to the nomination. The Octagon includes a perfect circle and adjoining octagon more than a half-mile across, with perfectly formed, eye-level embankments that align with eight key rise and set points of the little-known 18.6-year cycle of the moon. The Great Circle includes the tallest remaining gateway from the Hopewell world, with the entrance measuring over 20 feet tall. Fort Ancient’s earthen embankments extend for more than 3.5 miles along the edge of a plateau with gorgeous views high above the Little Miami River, and contain four stonecovered mounds that form a perfect square, which aligns to solar and lunar events. visitchillicotheohio.com

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BELL FARMS HOMESTEAD Smoked meats and homemade eats. Full service catering for your next occasion of distinction! 59 E. Water St. 740-637-9195 • bellfarmschillicothe.com

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THE DOCK AT WATER

The Dock at Water has been proudly serving downtown Chillicothe since 1998. A sports bar/ restaurant specializing in wings, pizza, burgers and live entertainment. 80 East Water St. • 740-779-3625 • dockatwaterst.com

HARMONY BOUTIQUE

Established in 2000, we specialize in adult hearing aid fittings and comprehensive hearing evaluations by a licensed clinical audiologist. Come see us in beautiful downtown Chillicothe. 46 N. Mulberry St. • 740-701-4389 goebelhearingcenter.com

Our mission is to empower women! We are here to help you put together the perfect look while staying true to you. After all, we want you to feel comfortable, confident and, most importantly, inspired walking out the door. 143 W. Water St. • 740-656-3211 harmonyboutiquewithlove.com

MAGGIE’S FARM AND AROMATICS

POUR HOUSE AT MACHINERY HALL

All natural bath & body products made in house by a certified aromatherapist. With over 100 scents of soy wax candles, we want you to always feel your best. Natural. Simple. Luxury. 17 W 2nd St. • 740.773.6457 etsy.com/shop/maggiesfarmaromatics

A thriving member of Chillicothe’s Historic Downtown, The Pour House at Machinery Hall is home to chef-driven cuisine, craft beverages and a lively atmosphere. 25 E. Second St. • 740-771-4770 pouronchillicothe.com

E.M. SMITH FAMILY JEWELERS

Established in 1948, E.M. Smith Family Jewelers is southern Ohio’s oldest family owned jewelry store. We are GIA Graduate Gemologists and feature rare and unusual diamonds and colored gemstones and award winning custom designs. 62 North Paint St. • 740-774-1840 • emsmithjewelers.com

HATCH BOUTIQUE

Shop at Hatch for a wide range of high-quality infant and children’s wear, maternity, and nursing apparel, feeding and teething items, bath and hygiene supplies, breastfeeding and postpartum products, toys and keepsakes. 16 W. Water St. • 740-774-2824 • shopathatch.com

RISE REALTY CO.

Located in Historic Downtown Chillicothe, Rise Realty Co. is a well established, independently owned brokerage and has a large team of full time, full service Real Estate Professionals with over 30 years combined experience. 53 E. Second St. • 740-573-RISE


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Grounded An Educational Plant Bar

THE POUR HOUSE, LAURA WATILO BLAKE, GROUNDED AN EDUCATIONAL PLANT BAR: MEGAN LEIGH BERNARD, PAPER CITY COFFEE: STEPHANIE PARK, CHILLICOTHE TRANSIT SYSTEM: CITY OF CHILLICOTHE

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hio’s first capital city is as vibrant as ever. Downtown Chillicothe is undergoing an incredible resurgence. Spurred by the renovation of the historic Carlisle Building, improvements to this area earned the city the 2019 Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth award for Best Downtown Revitalization Effort. This accolade only confirmed what so many proud residents already knew: downtown Chillicothe is the perfect place for businesses to thrive. Unique shops, delicious dining spots and bustling events offer something for everyone. Dip into the lively nightlife scene at a side-splitting local comedy show or live music at a pub. Find that perfect “something” you’ve been looking for at one of several antique shops. Discover your new favorite dish at a local restaurant and sink your teeth into warm, fresh-baked pastries from a local bakery. Order a handcrafted espresso from a local café and sip your favorite brews at an area gastropub or brewery.

HOP ON THE TROLLEY Looking for an easy way to explore downtown Chillicothe? Use the free trolley that circulates around downtown and stops at local hot spots. The trolley’s old-school charm makes it a perfect addition to this historic district. Look for the “Trolley Stop” signs to determine where to get on and off. visitchillicotheohio.com

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KINGSTON

BOURNEVILLE Follow U.S.

Rte. 50 west from Chillicothe to the central portion of Twin Township where you’ll find scenic Bourneville. This location is surrounded by colorful fall foliage, and its rolling, tree-lined hills are the perfect places to travel to experience fall and all its beauty.

CLARKSBURG Although

small in size, Clarksburg has made great military sacrifices, as detailed by local author Vic Cleary in his two-book series. Cleary has been studying and archiving Clarksburg’s history for more than 25 years, researching the lives and service of the 222 veterans from Clarksburg and its surrounding rural township, with military histories dating back to the Revolutionary War. This village is located northwest of Chillicothe near Frankfort.

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Great Seal State Park

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Paint Creek State Park

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Pike Lake State Park

FRANKFORT See towering

sunflowers during the Sunflower Festival, Frankfort’s largest community event, held the last full weekend in July. Come celebrate this rural community with food vendors, arts and crafts, pageants and live music. This village swells during the festival from its population of 1,000. Head along the north fork of stunning Paint Creek in northeastern Ross County to join in on the festivities.

Ross County Heritage Center The Premier Historical Museum & Research Center in Ohio’s First Capital, Since 1896

Tar Hollow State Forest

Scioto Trail State Park

SPRUCE HILL EARTHWORKS

Get outside to explore Ross County! There’s five state parks and more than 200 miles of trails waiting to be explored by foot, horseback, bike or paddle.

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HALLSVILLE Sip on a glass

of wine in Hallsville, home to Na zdravie Vineyard and Winery. Stop in the red steel barn, surrounded by 10 acres of vineyards, to enjoy a Cabernet Franc or Traminette.

KINGSTON Just above

Chillicothe while heading north on St. Rte. 159, you’ll find Kingston, a scenic old farm community where you may see trains passing through the local grain mill.

LONDONDERRY South

of Tar Hollow State Forest, Londonderry offers a charming rural setting. Rolling green hills peppered with forest and farmland make for scenic drives. Simply travel east on U.S. Rte. 50 to discover this small, unincorporated community in eastern Liberty Township.

RICHMOND DALE If you’re

looking for a peaceful drive through the county, head to Richmond Dale to enjoy the winding roads and U.S. Rte. 35 between Chillicothe and this unincorporated community in central Jefferson Township. Visit in September for the community days festivities.

Pump House Center for the Arts

MUSEUM HOURS: Apr - Dec, Tues - Sat 1-5pm; Jan - Mar by appt. LIBRARY HOURS: Tues, Wed & Fri 1-5pm year round Located at 45 West Fifth Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

Phone: (740) 772-1936 Email: info@rosscountyhistorical.org

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The Pump House Center for the Arts is located in Yoctangee Park in downtown Chillicothe. The building was placed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1979. A former water pumping station, it is an example of Victorian Gothic Architecture. • Exibitions change monthly • Free Admission • Gift Gallery with art from local artisans • Private rentals availible

Hours Wed.–Sat. 11 am–4 pm Sun. 1 pm–4 pm (Closed Mon.–Tue.)

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Visit Ohio’s Small-Town Museum to learn odd and interesting facts about the village of Ashville. Don’t miss the futuristic traffic light, designed in the 1930s by a local inventor. Get your fill of pumpkins at the annual four-day Circleville Pumpkin Show, starting the third Wednesday of October. This free festival features parades, the largest pumpkin competition and the original world’s largest pumpkin pie.

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READY FOR A ROAD TRIP?

With almost 100 miles of scenic highway between Columbus and the Ohio River, U.S. Rte. 23 has dozens of attractions, restaurants and shops to explore along the way. Here are 23 stops along U.S. Rte. 23 as you take in the scenery of southern Ohio’s Appalachian hills.

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Jazz lovers will want to visit the Ted Lewis Museum in downtown Circleville to learn about this early 20th-century jazz clarinetist. The entertainment legend was well known for his top hat, cane and for asking, “Is everybody happy?” Relax for an evening at the family-owned Manchester Hill Winery in Circleville. Sip on wines and hard ciders handcrafted from locally sourced fruit and split a charcuterie board and a sunset with someone you love.

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Take in a show under the stars in Chillicothe and experience the story of Tecumseh! as the legendary Shawnee leader and his followers struggle to defend their homeland during the late 1700s. Get some green in your life and explore the county’s five state parks. Hiking, biking and bridle paths beckon, or you can take to the water for boating and fishing. Stay the night in cabins. Come see the inspiration for the Great Seal of the State of Ohio at the Adena Mansion & Gardens in Chillicothe. This 1800s mansion with a scenic view was once home to Thomas Worthington, Ohio’s sixth governor. Hunt for treasure throughout the county on the Ross County Antique Trail. Dozens of antique shops wait to be explored in Chillicothe and Bainbridge. Be spellbound at Chillicothe’s Haunted Mountain, an annual family-friendly haunted trail experience and maze. Snack on peanuts and cracker jacks at a Chillicothe Paints game in the 1954-built V.A. Memorial Stadium and enjoy a nostalgic game of collegiate baseball. Take in a movie or a concert in Chillicothe at the oldest continuously operating theater in America: the Majestic Theatre. Built in 1853, it has welcomed legends throughout the decades such as Laurel & Hardy and Bob Hope. See history where it was made at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe. Within a 21-mile radius, visitors can find nearly a dozen mounds and earthworks built between A.D. 1 and A.D. 400. Explore Ohio’s first capital when you wander downtown Chillicothe. Historic buildings, independent boutiques and local culinary standouts await! Bring the little ones to discover the fun of interactive exhibits at Mighty Children’s Museum, where learning is inspired through play.

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Feel the rush of adrenaline when you watch a race at Atomic Speedway, “the fastest 3/8-mile dirt track in the nation,” in Waverly. The track has thrilled auto racing fans for more than six decades.

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Strum up a good time at Prussia Valley Dulcimers in Waverly. You’ll find a wide assortment of acoustic instruments including locally crafted mountain dulcimers, banjos, guitars and Native American flutes. Get your cowboy hat and travel back to the Old West when you visit Dogwood Pass in Beaver. This replica town hosts numerous Wild West staples, including a saloon, jail and general store. Bring your fishing poles to Lake White State Park in Waverly, known for bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, saugeye and catfish. The forested hills surrounding the lake are covered with vibrant colors in the fall. Gather the family for an adventure at Long’s Retreat Family Resort in Latham. Spend your day racing on the go-kart track, swimming and canoeing on the spring-fed lake!

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Go for a spin on the new Red Bull Certified pump track at Earl Thomas Conley Park in Portsmouth. Advance riders can test their skills with the 90-degree wallride. Watch fireworks light up the night over the Ohio River on Independence Day every year in historic downtown Portsmouth, and enjoy live music all evening. Walk along Portsmouth’s floodwall murals to admire art depicting 2,000 years of history, from Native American earth mounds to “King of the Cowboys” actor Roy Rogers. Involve yourself with the arts in historic Portsmouth by attending a musical or a gallery opening at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on Shawnee State University’s campus.

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Nellie Dog Pottery & Paints

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family EXHILARATING ESCAPE ROOMS

Test your teamwork by solving themed puzzles at Go Free Yourself Escape Room, where you can work your way out of ancient Egypt, a magical school and a mad scientist’s lab. For a futuristic experience, make your way to Objective Reality Games, where you can put on a virtual reality headset and try your hand at making it through their VR escape rooms. Be sure to call ahead or schedule your visit online.

JUST FOR KIDS

A trip to Ross County is just as much of a treat for kids as it is for adults! Find hands-on fun at Mighty Children’s Museum, where kids can learn about STEM through interactive exhibits. Kids will love bouncing from one giant inflatable to the next at Triple Crown Family Fun Center. If a roller rink is

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right up your kids’ alley, strap on some skates at Cavalier Skating Rink and skate the night away underneath their disco ball. To keep kids engaged, check out Thunder Alley at Shawnee Lanes — laser lights, glow in the dark lanes and music make bowling an extra exciting endeavor.

SWEET TREATS & FANTASTIC FLICKS

Customers of any age will feel like a kid in a candy store at Grandpa Joe’s Candy shop. Indulge in an assortment of nostalgic and new sweets before heading to Danbarry Cinemas to watch the latest animated flick.

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Get creative at Nellie Dog Pottery & Paints, where you can choose from more than 200 pottery designs and decorate them with tools, stencils, silk screens and colorful glazes. visitchillicotheohio.com

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Chillicothe Fire Department

54 E. Water St. Chillicothe, OH (740) 773-2212 or 911 chillicotheoh.gov

Adena Medical Center and Urgent Care 272 Hospital Rd. Chillicothe, OH (740) 779-7500 adena.org

Adena Urgent Care for Children Adena Medical Center West Entrance (740) 779-8440

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Explore the Festivals of Ross County Celebrate the Native American heritage of Chillicothe, enjoy beautiful Sunflowers in Frankfort, experience the excitement of Halloween in downtown Chillicothe, and view the Paint Valley skyline in Bainbridge during autumn.

feast of the flowering moon The Feast of the Flowering Moon offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment while honoring the rich Native American heritage of Chillicothe. During the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Native American dancing and drumming along with an extensive craft exhibitor area, demonstrators, Mountain Man Encampment, entertainment, and much more.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Yoctangee Park

FRANKFORT SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL Enjoy the beauty of the sunflower at the Frankfort Sunflower Festival. The festival which features a flower contest, hand-crafted merchandise booths and continuous entertainment for all ages. Visitors will relish the home-style meals and treats offered from community organizations, along with their favorite festival foods.

LAST FULL WEEKEND IN JULY Downtown frankfort

P.O. Box 879 • Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 feastofthefloweringmoon.org

97 Springfield Street • Frankfort, Ohio 45628 sunflowerfestival.net

CHILLICOTHE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

FALL FESTIVAL OF LEAVES

Chillicothe’s newest festival celebrates the fun and excitement of Halloween during the Chillicothe Halloween Festival. The festival features vendors specializing in Halloween and paranormal-themed merchandise, special exhibits and celebrity appearances. Enjoy inflatables, live bands, entertainment, favorite festival foods and lots of family-friendly seasonal fun.

For over 50 years, the Fall Festival of Leaves offers visitors the opportunity to experience the autumn beauty of the Paint Valley skyline. The festival features an extensive vendor area with a wide variety of products, favorite festival foods, active midways, rides, grand parade, continuous live entertainment, and so much more.

SECOND WEEKEND IN OCTOBER YOCTANGEE PARK

THIRD WEEKEND IN OCTOBER Downtown bainbridge

230 N. Plaza Blvd. • Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 chillicothehalloweenfestival.com

104 N. Maple Street, P.O. Box 571 • Bainbridge, Ohio 45612 fallfestivalofleaves.com

More than just one day of food, fun and entertainment!


Adena Mansion & Gardens

847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 772-1500, adenamansion.com Explore the stunning decor and beautifully restored gardens at Adena Mansion & Gardens as it appeared in 1807. The house is one of only three houses designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe still standing in the country. On the list of great American homes like Mount Vernon and Monticello, this home of Thomas Worthington is a must see.

Bainbridge Historical Museum 204 W. Third St., Bainbridge, OH (740) 634-2228

Long before Ohio became the 17th state, thousands of people were drawn to the territory to establish towns and villages. Retrace the footsteps of the pioneers and industry leaders who founded and developed Bainbridge to learn about early life among the hills of the Scioto Valley.

Chillicothe Civic Theatre

83 S. Walnut St., Chillicothe, OH (855) 723-3768, cctchillicothe.com

Take in a show by Chillicothe Civic Theatre, which produces several shows throughout the year, from children’s musicals to classics.

Chillicothe Paints Baseball Club

Games: V.A. Memorial Stadium, 17273 St. Rte. 104, Chillicothe, OH Office: 11 E. Second St. (740) 773-TEAM, chillicothepaints.com

Come to a game with our local Prospect League team and share in the fun of America’s favorite pastime. With plenty of kids’ activities, giveaways and entertainment, a trip to the ballpark is guaranteed to be a blast.

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oss county is packed with history you won’t want to miss. Explore ancient cultural sites that have drawn visitors since 200 B.C. Peruse fascinating museums, walk the grounds of gorgeous historic estates and relax in lovely parks. Check out our self-guided walking tour of the area to see all that Ross County has to offer.

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Chillicothe Railroad Museum N. Paint St. & W. Water St., Chillicothe, OH, (740) 702-7675

If you like trains, and you like train museums, you’re going to love this train museum inside a train. The Chillicothe Railroad Museum is unique in that it is housed inside two cabooses. Explore the history of train travel in this unique setting and, of course, check out the model train!

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Pump House Center for the Arts

208 W. Main St., Bainbridge, OH (740) 634-2228 cradleofdentistry.org

Ever wondered about the history of dentistry? At the Dental Museum at the Bainbridge Historical complex, you can learn how dentists became dentists 180 years ago. Fun fact: Before the establishment of this school to develop dental education, barbers did most dental work!

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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Lucy Webb Hayes Heritage Center

See world-class ancient works without traveling outside the country at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Visit vast earthwork complexes that showcase the culture of American Indians from 2,000 years ago, all within close proximity to each other. Mound City Group and Hopeton Earthworks are located north of Chillicothe, while Hopewell Mound Group is to the west. Seip Earthworks can be found in Bainbridge. All offer the ability to walk in the shadow of an ancient people and imagine their ceremonies and daily activities. Spend some time in the visitor center to see finely crafted artifacts.

Visit the childhood home of Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes, and learn about the first presidential wife to be referred to as the “First Lady.” Take a look at artifacts from Lucy’s life and spend some time in the Empire-style decorated parlor.

16062 St. Rte. 104, Chillicothe, OH (740) 774-1126, nps.gov/hocu

Junction Earthworks

1143 Twp. Hwy. 377, Chillicothe, OH, (937) 365-1935, arcofappalachia.org/ highlands-nature-sanctuary

Lace up your hiking boots for an afternoon at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary near Bainbridge. Get a dose of greenery in the stunning Rocky Fork Gorge and stroll the old-growth forest before visiting the Appalachian Forest Museum. Closer to Chillicothe, visit the 2,000-year-old American Indian earthworks at Junction Earthworks before hiking the three nature trails.

90 W. 6th St., Chillicothe, OH (740) 775-5829

Majestic Theatre

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45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, OH (740) 772-2041, majesticchillicothe.net

A tour of Majestic Theatre is like a tour through the history of visual performances. Built in 1853, this venue was home to classic theater in the 19th century, then vaudeville stage shows and eventually movies from the golden age of film. The Majestic is the oldest continually operating theater in the nation, and still hosts events and performances today.

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Ross County Heritage Center

21 E. 4th St., Chillicothe, OH mightymuseum.org

45 W. 5th St., Chillicothe, OH (740) 772-1936, rosscountyhistorical.org

Started by three moms in the area, this interactive children’s museum inspires learning through fun and play. Children up to 7 years old will love the engaging exhibits designed just for them.

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Na zdravie Vineyard and Winery

13414 Marietta Rd., Kingston, OH (740) 655-3500, facebook.com/nazwinery Naz is short for Na zdravie, which means cheers in Slovak. Do just that with friends or loved ones as you sip a glass of wine, or visit on the weekend to enjoy a live music performance.

Ohio Circus Museum

107 E. Main St., Bainbridge, OH clydebeattycircus.com

Explore the exciting life and career of someone who really did run away and join the circus! This exhibit features famed lion tamer Clyde Beatty with circus posters, tickets, programs, media and clips from this Ross County native’s film appearances.

The Paxton Theatre

133 E. Main St., Bainbridge, OH (740) 634-3333, paxtontheatre.com

See a concert or theater production at this historic theater, built with bricks and native stones quarried in the area.

Pump House Center for the Arts

1 Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe, OH (740) 772-5783, pumphouseartgallery.com Meander through this 130-yearold Victorian Gothic building in Chillicothe’s Preservation District and admire the works of local artists. The center hosts numerous exhibits throughout the year, so you’re sure to find a painting, sculpture or gift shop item to bring home.

Ross County Genealogical Society

303 S. Paint St., Chillicothe, OH (740) 773-2715, rcgsohio.org

A visit to this library features Ross County census records, newspaper abstracts, birth, death and marriage indexes, family histories, surname files, obituary books and tombstone inscriptions, many which are for sale. The library is dedicated to the collection and preservation of historical and genealogical materials and records of Ross County and encourages personal family research.

Visit this museum complex to time-travel from prehistoric cultures to Ohio statehood, from the Civil War years through the 20th century in Ohio’s original capital city. Learn how people of the area lived through historical artifacts including toys and dolls, art portraits, vehicles and early Ohio decorative arts.

Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama

5968 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, OH (866) 775-0700, tecumsehdrama.com

At Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, you can join the more than 3 million people who have witnessed the stunning re-enactment of the legendary Shawnee leader, Tecumseh. Sit beneath the stars to immerse yourself in the unfolding story as Tecumseh and his followers struggle to defend their homelands in the late 1700s.

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847 Adena Road • Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 740 -772.1500 • 800.319.7248

Adena Mansion & Gardens Society manages this site on behalf of the Ohio History Connection

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Ohio Statehood Day Commemorate Ohio’s ratification as a state in Chillicothe, its first capital. Events include tours and exhibits at local historical attractions. Earth Gathering Festival Spend the day on the lawn at the Pump House Center for the Arts in downtown Chillicothe for an arts festival celebrating the Earth, complete with music and craft vendors. Feast of the Flowering Moon Join downtown Chillicothe’s annual celebration of American Indian culture. The feast flourishes with music, dancing, craft demonstrations and other festival fun in Yoctangee Park. Frankfort Sunflower Festival Celebrate summer in Frankfort, complete with concerts, a car show and parade, craft booths, food and, of course, sunflowers. Ross County Fair Fair food and music are just part of the classic fair fun at this annual family event in Chillicothe. Check out the races, animal shows and a demolition derby.

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Apple Harvest Open House Stroll through the orchard at Hirsch Fruit Farm & Market in Chillicothe to pick apples. Sip on fresh cider, make your own scarecrow, paint pumpkins and more at this celebration of fall. Chillicothe Halloween Festival Cheer on the racers in a coffin soap box derby as Yoctangee Park hosts a three-day festival of Halloween fun, including a costume contest and featured guests specializing in all things spooky. Fall Festival of Leaves Enjoy the beauty of Bainbridge at this festival featuring crafts, antiques, entertainment and a parade. Make time to travel along a Skyline Drive to see the colorful trees in their fall splendor. Shine On Chillicothe Get in the holiday spirit at Chillicothe’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Yoctangee Park, which is draped in festive lights for the season.

FEAST OF THE FLOWERING MOON: MEGAN LEIGH BERNARD, CHILLICOTHE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: GENE BETTS, ROSS COUNTY FAIR: FRANK FRAAS / OHIO HARNESS HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

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35 Raceway

3500 Little Creek Rd., Frankfort, OH (740) 998-2278, 35raceway.com

Come experience exciting races on this new-and-improved, quarter-mile dirt track. In season races are hosted every Saturday and gates open at 3 p.m.

Atomic Speedway

2535 Blain Hwy., Waverly, OH (740) 703-9749, atomicspeedway.net

Enjoy events and fun for all ages at the fastest 3/8-mile dirt track in the nation. Gates open at 4 p.m. every Saturday.

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Coppel Athletic Complex, Yoctangee Park 67 Star Dr., Chillicothe, OH (740) 773-8794, rosscountyparkdistrict.com

Watch sports at this 43-acre athletic complex situated on the banks of North Fork Paint Creek.

Earl H. Barnhart Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve

514 Red Bird Ln., Chillicothe, OH (740) 773-8794, rosscountyparkdistrict.com

A rich diversity of plants and wildlife awaits the careful observer at the preserve. Several species of birds have been spotted here, along with a wide range of plant life. Keep an eye out for stone foundations that serve as the last indications of decaying home sites, and maybe an old well or two. Numerous former logging roads crisscross the area and make for easy walking. The former Barnhart home is used for educational, nature-oriented activities.

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owever you most enjoy spending time outdoors, you’ll find beautiful natural spaces to do it in Ross County. With five state parks, several nature preserves and even a national park, there’s opportunities for everyone from nature lovers to sports enthusiasts to hike, bike and explore. Water lovers can go swimming or launch their canoes and kayaks at Ross Lake, Paint Creek or Salt Creek.

Great Seal State Park

4908 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 887-4818, parks.ohiodnr.gov/greatseal

This 1,862-acre park is home to challenging trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The challenge is rewarded with scenic vistas of distant ridge tops and the Scioto Valley below. These very hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, which gives the park its name.

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Kayaking at Salt Creek

This special park is home to over 100 trees — with more than 40 species — gifted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Chillicothe, the only city in Ohio to receive the trees. Take a walk and discover the ancestral significance of the seven glades: Ohio History, American History, Civil War North, Civil War South, Presidents, Famous Women and Famous Men.

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On-Demand Transit Curb-to-curb service available throughout the City of Chillicothe! Book your trip online at

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740-773-1569 Service available Monday–Friday 6A – 9P & Saturday 10A – 6P.

Come Ride the Chillicothe Trolley! The trolley operates on a seasonal schedule with different routes throughout the week. To learn more and see when and where you can catch the trolley, visit

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Tar Hollow State Park

16396 Tar Hollow Rd., Laurelville, OH, (740) 887-4818, parks.ohiodnr.gov/tarhollow

Hike through deep ravines and dense woodlands on park and forest roads. Hiking trails include the 21-mile Logan Backpack Trail. Go boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming on Pine Lake. A campground is available. Hunting is not allowed in the state park, but the adjacent state forest permits hunting for squirrel, deer, grouse and turkey with a valid Ohio hunting license.

Paint Creek Recreational Trail/Tri-County Triangle Trail Chillicothe and Frankfort tricountytriangletrail.org

This multi-use trail offers an evergrowing expanse of paved trails that connect Ross, Fayette and Highland counties. Boundless bridges and wildlife await exploration. Visit the website for specific routes.

Paint Creek State Park

280 Taylor Rd., Bainbridge, OH (937) 981-7061, parks.ohiodnr.gov/paintcreek

Getting its name from its location in Paint Creek Valley, this 5,652-acre park welcomes water lovers to a large lake with fishing, boating and swimming. For those who prefer to stick to land, there are also four hiking trails and an additional 18.2 miles of bridle trails. A modern campground, a yurt and two deluxe camper cabins are available for overnight accommodations.

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Pike Lake State Park 1847 Pike Lake Rd., Bainbridge, OH (740) 493-2212

Spend a day (or two!) discovering the rustic charm of Pike Lake and the surrounding wooded hills. Campgrounds and cottages are available for overnight stays. Go boating, fishing or swimming. Hunting is permitted in the adjacent state forest. A valid license is required.

Salt Creek Kayak Adventures

1062 Main St., Richmond Dale, OH (740) 785-7258, facebook.com/ saltcreekadventures Rent a kayak to get out on the water for the day or a few hours.

Scioto Trail State Park

144 Lake Rd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 887-4818, parks.ohiodnr.gov/sciototrail

Take in breathtaking vistas on the ridgetops and winding forest roads. Go boating, canoeing or fishing on two lakes. Wooded campground and cabins welcome overnight stays. Hunting is not permitted, but the nearby state forest allows hunting for deer, squirrel, grouse and turkey with a valid Ohio hunting license.

10807 St. Rte. 772, Chillicothe, OH, (740) 779-3339, wecanoelivery.com

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Earl H. Barnhart Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve

Canoe or kayak down Paint Creek, Rocky Fork or the Chillicothe Annex. Primitive camping allows you to extend your stay! Grab last minute essentials from the Bait Shack and Snack Shack.

Yoctangee Park

Water Street, Chillicothe, OH (740) 772-5626, chillicotheoh.gov/departments/ parks_and_recreation This community park offers a picnic area, playgrounds and opportunity for relaxation, as well as recreational pursuits like baseball, tennis and basketball. The Pump House Center for the Arts is also located here.

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NATURAL WONDERS GAME ON

An abundance of game animals and fish thrive in three state-managed wildlife areas and portions of Scioto Trail State Forest and Tar Hollow State Forest.

KINNIKINNICK WILDLIFE AREA Populations

of whitetail deer, gray squirrels and cottontail rabbits thrive here, as well as bald eagles and many migratory bird species. Waterfowl including Canadian geese, mallards and wood ducks are plentiful for hunters, and anglers can find catfish, crappies, smallmouth bass and more in the Scioto River.

PLEASANT VALLEY WILDLIFE AREA

Find songbirds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians amid this area’s diverse habitats. Fish for largemouth bass, bluegills and channel catfish in six ponds. The principal game includes gray and fox squirrels and cottontail rabbits, but deer and raccoons are also frequently spotted. Ring-necked pheasants are stocked during the season.

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available on 1,112 acres surrounding Ross Lake. Take your electric motorboat on the lake for largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and gizzard shad.

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Paint Creek State Park offers a diverse experience. Ride through shady wooded areas or let loose and canter through meadows on the South Trail. The steep hills and ravines of the trails at Great Seal State Park will challenge both you and your horse.

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Paddle around Paint Creek Lake, then cool off with a swim at the 1,000-foot sand beach. Anglers will love the abundant fish population in the serene Ross Lake Wildlife Area. Rent a rowboat, canoe or pedal boat and put in at Pike Lake in the state park with the same name. Spend a day on the water with a kayak rental from Salt Creek Kayak Adventures, or float down Paint Creek in a canoe from Waters Edge Canoe Livery.

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Pike Lake State Park’s well-maintained ATV trails take riders through 20 miles of hollows and ridge tops. It even includes a novice area for beginners.

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Skilled mountain bikers can head to Scioto Trail State Park for a challenge. Bike on the very hills depicted on the Great Seal of Ohio at Great Seal State Park. Or hop on the 32-mile Paint Creek Recreational Trail to ride along an abandoned B&O Railroad corridor to Washington Court House.

Climb a few steep inclines to enjoy views of wildflowers and mature woodlands at Paint Creek Lake State Park. Pack up and explore the Logan Backpack Trail at Tar Hollow State Park, featuring a 20-mile figure-eight loop with rugged terrain. The Mt. Ives Trail at Great Seal State Park rewards hikers with beautiful vistas. Spot dogwood and redbud trees as you hike at Scioto Trail State Park, located in the Scioto River Valley.

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The Aqua Door Suites W. Second Street, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/48270973

Birds Nest Kingston

44 Oak St., Kingston, OH (740) 270-9640 airbnb.com/rooms/22476615

The Blue Brick Inn

152 W. Second St., Chillicothe, OH (740) 466-8525, bluebrickinn.com airbnb.com/rooms/30983435 airbnb.com/rooms/25075278

Buckeye on the Creek Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/42403520

The Downtown Airbnb

Fourth Street, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/39384213

Dragon Cabin

DeBord Road, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/44161742

Exit Way Out

582 Church St., Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/32640809

Family Gathering Place Robin Court, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/49403092

Head Above Water Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/47348613

Hillside Haven

THE BLUE BRICK INN: STEPHANIE PARK

Lunbeck Road, Chillicothe, ohairbnb.com/rooms/20261440

Historic Downtown 1840’s Loft

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fter spending your day exploring Ross County, rest and relax in the comfort of one of the many lodging options. Check into one of the area’s hotels or stay in a bed and breakfast or an Airbnb. There are plenty of cabins to rent as well that offer seclusion and privacy with the comforts of home. Whether you want to relax in the countryside or stay downtown, Ross County has a perfect match to suit your interests.

Second Street, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/51359502

Historic Ohio Motel

For the most up-to-date lodging information, visitchillicotheohio.com/where to stay

The Blue Brick Inn

199 W. Water St., Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/35263312

Joyful Acres

Patton Hill Road, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/25004273 visitchillicotheohio.com visitchillicotheohio.com

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The Letterbox

19 E. 5th St., Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/52905766

The Loft Downtown Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/46035758

The Monarch

Stagecoach Road, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/41984286

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The Sanctuary

6711 Dry Run Rd., Kingston, OH (740) 649-9163 airbnb.com/rooms/28071177 facebook.com/ lodgingandeventcenter

Terrace Farmhouse

Egypt Pike, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/42150848

The William House

Sullivan Road, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/44169284

Church Street, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/rooms/21427182

CABINS

Our Laffin’ Place

1672 Thornton-Spung Rd., Kingston, OH (740) 655-2321, kickbackridge.com

Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/48185123

The Pool House Suite W. Second Street, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/47551741

The Principal

N. Paint Street, Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/48900464

The Rest Stop

Chillicothe, OH airbnb.com/47419158

Kick Back Ridge Cabins

Wagon Wheel Rental

3429 Stoney Creek Rd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 663-5384 wagonwheelrentals.com

Walls Family Cabins 2199 St. Rte. 41 S., Bainbridge, OH wallsfamilycabins.com

Walnut Creek Campground & Resort

2342 Walnut Creek Rd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 774-1203 walnutcreekcampground.com

Wren Eagle Retreat 626 Happy Hollow Rd., Chillicothe, OH (614) 329-6671 wreneagle.com

HOTELS America’s Best Value Inn 1135 E. Main St., Chillicothe, OH (740) 775-2500 americasbestvalueinn.com

Best Western Adena Inn 1250 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe, OH (740) 775-7000 bestwestern.com/adenainn

Christopher Inn & Suites 30 N. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 774-6835 christopherhotels.com/ christopher-inn

Executive Inn

24 N. Bridge St.,

Chillicothe, OH (740) 774-2512

Fairfield Inn & Suites

300 N. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 771-9090 marriott.com/cmhch

Hampton Inn & Suites 100 N. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 773-1616 chillicothesuites. hamptoninn.com

Holiday Inn Express

1003 E. Main St., Chillicothe, OH, (740) 851-6140 hiexpress.com/chillicotheoh

Quality Inn

20 N. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, OH (740) 775-3500, qualityinn.com

CAMPGROUNDS Sun Valley Campground 10105 Co. Rd. 550, Chillicothe, OH (740) 775-3490 sunvalleycampground. freeservers.com

The Atwood House Bed and Breakfast

Get outside to explore Ross County! There’s five state parks and more than 200 miles of trails waiting to be explored by foot, horseback, bike or paddle.

Guest Rooms, Banquet and Wedding Facilities 68 South Point St. · Chillicothe 45601 740-774-1606 · atwoodhousebandb.com

Executive Inn, Chillicothe Free Wi-Fi and Cable TV in all rooms Walkable to Downtown Shops and Restaurants Business center with fax and photocopying services available 740.774.2512

24 North Bridge St Chillicothe, OH, 45601

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Explore Chillicothe Ohio

Located 1 mile from Highway 35, this motel in Chillicothe, Ohio is a 7-minute drive from Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.


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