What to do in Scioto Trail State Park

Located in the Appalachian foothills bordering the Scioto River, the park's rugged ridgetops and wooded valleys support a host of natural wonders. This densely forested hill country is reminiscent of the southern Appalachians supporting a magnificent stand of oak and hickory. In spring, the forest trails are lined with flowering dogwood and redbud trees. The forest floor displays woodland wildflowers including spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, wild blue phlox and wild geranium. Ferns, mosses and lichens coat the sandstone outcroppings. Mushroom hunters delight in the abundance of the delicious morel mushroom.

Initial purchases of land for the park and forest began in 1922. Most of the major development took place in the 1930s during the original Civilian Conservation Corps days. They constructed most of the roads, lakes and the original recreational facilities.

Scioto Trail State Park offers a lovely wooded campground with electricity available at about a third of the sites. Picnic tables, fire rings, latrines, and dump stations are provided. A group camp accommodating 100 visitors is available by reservation through the park office.

Twelve miles of hiking trails and 17 miles of bridle trails lead to scenic overlooks and breathtaking vistas. Mountain biking is permitted on many trails. A portion of the Buckeye Trail which links the four corners of Ohio passes through the state forest.

Several scenic areas offer excellent picnicking opportunities. Tables and grills are provided.

Two small lakes offer boating with electric motors only. Canoeing is excellent on these quiet waters. A launch ramp is provided. Anglers find good catches of bluegill and largemouth bass.

Hunting is excellent for white-tailed deer, squirrel, grouse and turkey in the adjacent state forest. A valid Ohio fishing and / or hunting license is required.

Activities at the park include fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, ice-skating, ice fishing, ice boating, cross-country skiing, and sledding. There are 73 campsites, 40 offer electric hookup. The nearby 9,000-acre state forest offers addition equestrian trails, backpack trails and hunting opportunities.

Scioto Trail State Park is located near Chillicothe, Ohio off U.S. Route 23.

This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

44 Lake Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Phone: 740-663-2125

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