Best Hometown
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Chillicothe has been designated Best Hometown of the southeastern Ohio region for 2021-2022 by Ohio Magazine. "The magazine's editors chose Chillicothe for its beautiful downtown, strong sense of community, and historic destinations that tell our state's story."

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park offers views of magnificent earthworks that were built by Native American hands almost 2,000 years ago.

Local Flavor
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Finding the answer to “What’s for dinner?” has never been easier! In Ross County there are so many choices for cuisine. There is a wide variety of food choices for even the pickiest eater!

Adena Mansion & Gardens
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Adena was the 2000-acre estate of Thomas Worthington (1773-1827), sixth governor of Ohio and one of the state’s first United States Senators. The house is one of only three houses designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe still standing in the country.

Majestic Theatre
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The Majestic Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre in America. The building of the Masonic Hall on the present site of the Majestic Theatre (in 1853) marked the beginning of better entertainment in Chillicothe.

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Uncover hidden treasure in the historic district as you purchase gifts for friends or as a treat for yourself! Throughout Ross County you can also find Amish and Mennonite Bakeries to fulfill your need for sweets and pastries.

Ross County Heritage Center
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The Ross County Heritage Center conducts educational programs for people of all ages, saves and preserves for posterity historical artifacts and documents, and operates three museums and a library. All are open to the public.

Hiking & Biking
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Are you looking for a place to get some fresh air and get away from it all? There are over 200-miles waiting to be explored by foot, horseback, bike or paddle.

Pump House
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A group of artists, preservationists, and an attorney formed a coalition to restore and preserve the building. The rooms were transformed into a beautiful art gallery where works could be displayed and gift shop to support the organization.

State Parks
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Ross County is the only location in Ohio where you can find 5 State Parks and a National Park all in one county! Our State Parks are excellent for the outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, boating and hunting! There are trails for everyone in our State Parks, whether you’re looking for gently rolling hills to more steep inclines for experienced hikers and bikers.

Coffee Shops
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Coffee is a must for many travelers and finding a good coffee shop is often the first item on their list! Fortunately for those individuals, Ross County has several phenomenal establishments where the coffee is hot and the service is warm and welcoming.

Yoctangee Park
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Yoctangee Park is 48 acres located downtown adjacent to the Historic First Capital District. This is a community park for both active and passive enjoyment.

Mighty Childrens Museum
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The Mighty Children's Museum provides hands on interactive learning experiences to engage children, parents and families to learn, bond and have fun together.

Canoeing kayaking
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There are many trips to choose from as you plan your water adventure through Southern Ohio & Ross County’s best canoe and kayak location. With varying water levels throughout the season it’s great for the beginner to the advanced canoe or kayak enthusiast.

Amish Culture
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Chillicothe may not be well known for an Amish culture; however, other communities in Ross County have an active Amish and Mennonite cultures.

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Welcome to Ross County and Chillicothe, your premier southern Ohio destination of historical sites, great outdoors and hospitality. Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Region of America, Ross County offers outdoor enthusiasts 5 State Parks, 1 National Park and over 200 miles of trails to explore. Our historical sites will take you through time from over 2,000 years ago with the pre-historic cultures that created magnificent, ancient earthworks to the founding of Chillicothe and life in the 19th century. Whether you’re searching for a weekend getaway or a family vacation, Ross County is open and ready to accommodate your visit. Choose from hotels, cabins or bed & breakfast locations to relax and unwind from your busy life. Don’t forget to check out the special events, festivals, shopping and all of the local flavors that make communities in Ross County special!  If you would like travel assistance or a complimentary copy of our visitors guide, please call us at (740) 702-7677.

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