While you are in town visiting our parks, make sure you save some time to experience the rich history, unique businesses, and entertainment Ross County has to offer.
There are 5 National Park locations managed by the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park Group. The Visitors Center is located at the fascinating and sophisticated ancient site along the Scioto River once used for feasts, funerals and rites of passage known as Mound City.
To preserve this unique history our friends, the Arc of Appalachia have raised millions of dollars to protect Native American Earthworks and the rich diversity of life within North America’s Great Eastern Forest. Seven preserves are currently open to the public including the awe-inspiring Serpent Mound in nearby Adams County.
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Ross County hosts 5 of the 75 Ohio State Parks. The most popular being Great Seal Park, the location of the inspiration for the Ohio Seal as seen from The Thomas Worthington’s Adena Mansion Estate. These parks host hiking, biking, swimming, boating, camping, and hunting for any experience level.
Several neighborhood parks are located within Chillicothe city limits including the 48-acre Yoctangee Park located adjacent to the Historic First Capital District. Chillicothe City Parks grant visitors an array of experiences including picnic and playground areas, sport facilities, municipal pool, dog park and the city portion of the Paint Creek Recreational Trail.
The Historic Downtown District housed the first and third state capital between 1803 and 1810. With a recent resurgence of development and restoration, this bustling district is now home to many locally owned shops, restaurants, boutiques, bars and more. Stop by during a festival, see a show at the Majestic Theatre, enjoy hands-on learning at the Mighty Children’s Museum, relax at a coffee shop, or take in the culture during a Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area Event (DORA).