Nature’s Wonders

Are you looking for a place to get some fresh air and get away from it all? Ross County is the place for you. The great outdoors can be enjoyed in so many ways! We offer 4 state parks that offer hiking and biking trails for your wandering pleasure where you can take advantage of the 20 miles of bike paths. If you are into aquatic sports, go canoeing or kayaking along Paint Creek where rentals are available. For hours of operation and season dates, please call 740-702-ROSS (7677).

Are you an avid hunter or do you love to fish?  On a hunt, your senses are sharpened. Awareness of your surroundings is heightened. This is more than observing the environment – it is active engagement. Hunting challenges the mind and the body. It demands skill, knowledge, and patience. Ohio hunters play a critical role in the control of deer and other animal populations, which are carefully studied by the Division of Wildlife. The length of hunting seasons and other regulations are directly related to the need to thin or extend species numbers in the state. Without the help of Ohio hunters, a few of the risks include uncontrolled deer populations devastating crops and creating hazards for drivers on roads and highways throughout the state.

There are three reserves available in our area for hunting and fishing:  Kinnikinnik Wildlife Area, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area, and Ross Lake. Maximize your experience by making sure to take a look at the regulations prior to your visit so you can stay informed of local laws and restrictions. For boaters and water enthusiasts, Ross County has several waterways and inland lakes as well that serve the interests of canoers, kayakers and those with motored boats.  Here you can find the best access to meet your needs:  https://gis.ohiodnr.gov/website/dwc/watercraft/.

EARL H. BARNHART BUZZARDS ROOST NATURE PRESERVE

514 Red Bird Lane
Chillicothe, OH 45601
740-773-8794
www.rosscountyparkdistrict.com

GREAT SEAL STATE PARK

4908 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
740-887-4818
parks.ohiodnr.gov/greatseal

THE HIGHLANDS NATURE SANCTUARY

7660 Cave Road
Bainbridge, OH 45612
937-365-1935
www.arcofappalachia.org

MILLENNIUM GROVE

N. Plaza Blvd.
(behind Hampton Inn)
Chillicothe, OH 45601

PAINT CREEK STATE PARK

280 Taylor Road
Bainbridge, OH 45612
740-493-2212
parks.ohiodnr.gov/paintcreek

Pike Lake State Park

1847 Pike Lake Road
Bainbridge, OH 45612
740-493-2212
http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/pikelake

ROSS COUNTY PARK DISTRICT

15 N. Paint Street
Chillicothe, OH 45601
740-773-8794
www.rosscountyparkdistrict.com

ROSS Lake

2308 Lick Run Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/rosslake

SCIOTO TRAIL STATE PARK

144 Lake Rd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
740-887-4818
parks.ohiodnr.gov/sciototrail

TAR HOLLOW STATE PARK

16396 Tar Hollow Rd.
Laurelville, OH 43135
740-887-4818
parks.ohiodnr.gov/tarhollow

YOCTANGEE PARK

Water St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
740-772-5626
www.chillicothe.com/parks.html