Great Seal State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Located in Chillicothe, Ohio, Great Seal State Park takes its name from the official seal of Ohio as many of the prominent features of the park are in the seal. The Ohio Scioto Valley and the mountains surrounding the park provide beautiful vistas, and its location in the middle of the sandstone hills that surround the Appalachian Plateau further make it a great place for hikers, bikers, and birdwatchers. The 1,862-acre park is near the city of Circleville, OH, where you can shop, wine, and dine to kick back after a day of exploring. Most of the days are quite sunny throughout the year, so just about any time is a good occasion to visit.

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Weather
Spring 30–75 F
Summer 59-86 F
Fall 34–79 F
Winter 19-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Great Seal State Park

There's no better way to explore the beauty of this park and the surrounding areas than from the comfort of your RV. If you don't have an RV, you can rent one through RVshare

Great Seal State Park Campground

Great Seal State Park Campground has 15 primitive campsites that are all located within the safety of the park. These sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should be sure to get there early to reserve a spot. The first 10 sites accommodate equestrian camping complete with tie lines behind the campsites. You can bring your generator as long as you operate it outside of the quiet hours of the night. From the campsite, there's a drinking site where you can access drinking water. The sites are friendly to pets, but you have to keep yours on a leash and pick up after it. Note that the campground remains closed during the winter months. Nightly rates start at $25.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: No
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: fire rings, drinking station, vault toilet, horse shelter, picnic sites with tables, and a playground

Scioto Trial State Park Campground

Scioto Trail State Park Campground is one of the natural areas in Chillicothe, OH, that provides a quiet and secluded camping experience. The park occupies 228 acres with forested roads and stunning vistas of the Scioto Valley. Inside the park is a store that offers snacks, paddleboat rentals, gifts, and other camping supplies. You can play basketball or horseshoes at the park with equipment rentals available at the store. The lakes and ponds in the park make for terrific swimming and fishing spots, and the trails allow you to explore the beauty of the area. Nightly rates start at $25, and there are 75 sites from which to choose.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: showers, playground, basketball court, and camp store

Sun Valley Campground

Located six miles west of Chillicothe, Sun Valley is open all year. Inside the campground is a pond for swimming and fishing. Visitors can also play basketball and indoor games in the game room. The sites accommodate big-rig RVs and trailers. The campground provides great areas for family outings and reunions. From the site, you have easy access to a shower and a dump station. There are 45 sites to choose from and nightly rates start at $27.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: showers, basketball court, pond, and playground

RV Rentals Near Great Seal State Park

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What to Do at
Great Seal State Park

Inside Great Seal State Park

The Great Seal State Park is a wonderful place for those who love nature. In summer and spring, you can enjoy activities such as biking and hiking along the extensive trails, disc golfing, birding, and sports and recreation inside the park. During winter, the park offers great grounds for cross-country skiing, hunting, and picnicking. 

Outside Great Seal State Park

There are so many natural areas in Chillicothe, OH. With so many state parks, campgrounds, valleys, mountains, and forests, Chillicothe is great for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, hunting, birding, and exploration. Away from the natural areas, you can eat, shop, and enjoy city life in the nearby cities. 

Restaurants

Roosters Wings

Roosters Wings is a place for chicken and other American dishes. It offers a separate menu for kids with meals such as mini corn dogs, hamburgers, and boneless wings. The main menu includes food items such as wings, sandwiches, appetizers, pizzas, chicken fingers, and a pick-up party menu.

Type: American

Location: 23865 US Highway 23 S, Circleville, OH 43113

Gibby's

Having been in operation since 2002, Gibby’s is an established restaurant with drinks and meals that include ribs, beef burgers, Chimichangas, Stromboli, wings, beef and noodles, and pizza. There are also unique meals like meat lovers’ pizza.

Type: American

Location: 126 W Main St, Circleville, OH 43113

El Palomar

El Palomar serves the best of American, Mexican, and Southwestern dishes. One of the main meal items is Tacos El Pastor served with corn tortilla. The restaurant also offers marinated pork strips with onions and cilantro.

Type: Mexican

Location: 1412 Circleville Plaza Dr, Circleville, OH 43113

Bob Evans

There's a lot to enjoy at Bob Evans, starting with a Premium Feast, farmhouse turkey, and ham. Other meal items include macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, broccoli, and carrots. All ingredients are farm fresh.

Type: American

Location: 23865 US Highway 23 S, Circleville, OH 43113

Pizza Cottage

Pizza Cottage has some of the best American pizzas. The menu also includes salads, wings, hot subs, garlic bread, calzones, and spaghetti. It features the perfect atmosphere for parties and meetings.

Type: Italian

Location: 23401 US Highway 23 S, Circleville, OH 43113

Shopping

Rosena’s Treasures

Rosena’s sells antiques, used items, souvenirs, consignment, and vintage items. New stock comes in every week to increase your choice of items. 

Location: 111 S Scioto St Ste 6 Circleville, OH 43113

Wittich's Candy Shop

Wittich's offers high-quality chocolates created in time-honored traditions. It also sells nuts, mints, and candies of different flavors. You can even order cones, shakes, and sodas. The business has been in operation since 1840.

Location: 117 W High St, Circleville, OH 43113

Sightseeing

Logan Elm State Memorial

Logan Elm State Memorial gets its name from the great Chief Logan of the Mingo Tribe. He delivered his speech about the relations between Indians and Whites under an elm tree, which is now one of the largest elms in the US. There's also a plaque in honor of the Chief. You can visit the memorial for the breathtaking views of the elm and the surrounding areas. 

Location: Circleville, OH 43113

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Between 500 BC and 200 BC, the Ohio River Valley provided the grounds for the prehistoric Hopewell culture. There are various earthen walls and mounds that show the ways of the Hopewell culture. There are earthworks in the form of squares and circles, as well as a host of other geometric shapes. There are also archaeological resources and a park visitor center with a museum.

Location: 16062 OH-104 Chillicothe, OH 45601

Adena State Memorial

The area where Adena State Memorial sits belonged to Thomas Worthington, who was the sixth governor of Ohio. His house, built in 1807, has antiques from the federal period, including some that belonged to Thomas Worthington himself. There are now 300 acres where you can tour. From the gardens, you can access beautiful vistas of the Scioto River Valley and the Mount Logan hills. Some of the houses in the memorial are original homes designed by some of the finest designers of the time. 

Location: 848 Adena Rd Chillicothe, OH 45601

Scioto Trail State Forest

The area where the Scioto Trail State Forest sits was once an artillery base during World War 1. The trails, scenic vistas, wildlife, and cool atmosphere make the forest appealing to visitors from all around. There is a fire tower and a picnic area, and inside the forest is the Scioto Trail State Park, two 15-acre lakes, and a sled hill.

Location: 2731 Stoney Creek Rd Chillicothe, OH 45601

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How to Get to
Great Seal State Park

If you're driving from Cleveland, take I-71 South, and drive to I-270 West and then to U.S. 23 South. Travel south along Route 23 through Circleville all the way to the Delano exit. From there, you'll see signs to the park entrance.

From Columbus, drive along U.S. 23 South, through Circleville all the way to Delano exit, and follow signs to the park.

If you're coming from Chillicothe, drive on State Route 159 North all the way to Delano Road and then to Marietta Road intersection. From there, turn right, and you'll see the park entrance. 

Entering Great Seal State Park

The park is open all year, but the campground might close during the winter months. You can drive into the park any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

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