Scioto Trail State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Scioto Trail State Park

is situated in the Appalachian foothills bordering the Scioto River, an area rich with reminders of the Mound Builders who once lived here. The first European settlers came to the area in the 1790s; in 1796, General Nathaniel Massie and a small group of settlers founded Chillicothe. This thickly forested hill country is reminiscent of the southern Appalachians. The forest floor presents woodland flowers, including wild geraniums, spring beauties, blue phlox, and Dutchman's breeches. It provides the perfect habitat for wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, and other small mammals. The cities located closest to the park are Waverly and Chillicothe. 

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Weather
Spring 29-74 F
Summer 58-85 F
Fall 31-78 F
Winter 19-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Scioto Trail State Park

Visiting a state park is already a great idea for the whole family, but staying and turning it into a week-long vacation is even better. If you're looking to travel and stay in style, RVshare is willing and able to assist you in renting an RV. You'll have your own personal bathroom, a bed with a comfortable mattress, and plenty of room for your whole family to sleep. All rentals are equipped with personalized 24/7 roadside assistance and a nationwide insurance policy.

Rockwater Campground

Rockwater Campground features 55-foot-deep campsites to help accommodate larger RVs. Each lot is 300 square feet, making it convenient for multiple slide-outs. The campground is located just south of Piketon amidst the gorgeous hills of southern Ohio. RV rates start at $30 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Picnic table, fire ring, and showers

Walnut Creek Campground & Resort

Walnut Creek Campground & Resort features a wide range of activities for campers that include over 4 miles of hiking trails, a lake for fishing and boating, and more. The campground features spacious sites that accommodate large rigs. RV rates start at $30 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Swimming pool, sports field, and dump station

Sun Valley Campground

Sun Valley Campground is located 6 miles west of Chillicothe and just a short distance from the state park. There are a total of 45 campsites that are prepared to house big rigs. Anglers can fish at the fully stocked pond. All sites are equipped with a fire ring and picnic table, and RV rates start at $27 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Game room, playground, and modern restrooms

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What to Do at
Scioto Trail State Park

Inside Scioto Trail State Park

Many tourists enjoy taking a family walk on the 0.4-mile Friendship Trail, and some step it up a notch by traveling on the 1-mile moderate 3-C Trail. If you're the athletic type, you can challenge yourself and hike or bike the difficult 2-mile Church Hollow Trail. Go swimming in the unguarded wading beach near the camping area of the park. Catfish, trout, and bass provide the perfect catch for anglers. Other activities that tourists enjoy inside the state park are boating, picnicking, and ice fishing under proper winter conditions. 

Outside Scioto Trail State Park

Even though there's a lot to pursue inside the Scioto Trail State Park, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied in the nearby cities as well. You'll have a wide selection of restaurants that serve seafood, comfort foods, and smokehouse barbecue. You can pick out the perfect souvenir, get groceries, or browse through the many stores nearby. Attractions are a blast outside of the state park, from learning the area's history to walking through beautiful gardens and more.

Restaurants

The Grand Restaurant & Tavern

The Grand Restaurant & Tavern is the perfect place to appease your appetite and get your seafood fix. It features a casual and cozy atmosphere, making it just right to sip on a glass of wine or beer and relax.

Type: Seafood

Location: 104 East Emmitt Avenue, Waverly, OH 45690

Old Canal Smoke House

The Old Canal Smoke House is located in historic downtown Chillicothe, Ohio, a place where there is amazing food, friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere. Their smoked meats are cooked to perfection. Other non-smoked platters, burgers, and salads are also on the menu.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 94 East Water Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601

R Kitchen On Paint

Enjoy some upscale comfort foods at R Kitchen On Paint. From lunch and dinner dishes to delicious sweets, you're sure to enjoy this home away from home atmosphere. Small plates and kid dishes are available for small appetites.

Type: American

Location: 66 North Paint Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601

7 Miles Smokehouse

Enjoy the wood and firing taste of slow-cooked southern barbecue dishes at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. 7 Miles Smokehouse make their sides from scratch to bring out the delicious home-cooked taste in every dish. Catering is also offered at this smokehouse restaurant.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 285 East Seventh Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Bob Evans

Bob Evans is a restaurant chain that serves hot, homestyle meals. Most of their ingredients are farm fresh from the Bob Evans Homestead. If your family is really hungry, try their farmhouse feast or family-size breakfast.

Type: Southern, American

Location: 1065 Western Avenue, Chillicothe, OH 54601

Shopping

The Hello Shop

The Hello Shop is a great place to surprise your loved ones with a beautiful bouquet while you're RVing.

Location: 300 North East Street, Waverly, OH 45690

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart Supercenter is a quick, simple drive from the state park, making it the ideal place to pick up some groceries, fishing gear, or extra camping supplies. You can even fill your prescriptions at the pharmacy.

Location: 85 River Trace Lane, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Five Below

Five Below offers an array of toys, games and sport supplies. Books, stylish accessories and candy are also sold at this discounted store.

Location: 1251 North Bridge Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601

T.J. Maxx

T.J. Maxx is located inside the Chillicothe Mall, making it a great location for even more shopping. This store offers shoes, accessories, and apparel for men, women, and children.

Location: 1075 North Bridge Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Kroger Grocery Store

Kroger Grocery Store is another great nearby option to pick up some groceries and fill your prescriptions. A gas station, ATM, and a Redbox video rental are also located onsite.

Location: 220 Waverly Plaza, Waverly, OH 45690

Sightseeing

Adena Mansion & Gardens Historic Site

Adena Mansion & Gardens Historic Site was originally the 2,000-acre estate of Thomas Worthington, the sixth governor of Ohio and one of the state's first senators. It's situated on the remaining 300 acres with five outbuildings and a formal garden where visitors can stroll through and explore. The museum exhibits the earlier history of Ohio dating back to the 1800s.

Location: 847 Adena Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Pike Heritage Museum

In 1983, the museum was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Today, it's governed by a board of 20 trustees from across Pike County. This beautiful county's heritage is showcased throughout the museum, including Jacob Erastus Davis, who became a congressman shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. 

Location: 110 South Market Street, Waverly, OH 45690

Welch Farm

Pick your strawberries or pumpkins for personal use during various times of the year. You'll be able to experience the farm firsthand by learning about the planting season and when to pick the harvest. 

Location: 319 East Hydell Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Ohio's Millennium Grove

Ohio's Millennium Grove is a compilation of well over 100 trees, each of them signifying their historical ancestry. You'll be able to walk through these trees and experience them in their own habitat. Tours are all self-guided using the ID group abbreviation of each tree.

Location: Chillicothe, OH 45601

Dogwood Hills Golf Course

The Dogwood Hills Golf Course features 6,212 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 and features a slope rating of 116 on bluegrass. It has been open since 1991 and continues to provide plenty of recreation for golfers today. There's also a driving range where you can practice your swing and the length of your hit.

Location: 1193 Debord Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601

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How to Get to
Scioto Trail State Park

If you're traveling from Chillicothe, you'll want to head east on West Main Street toward South Paint Street. Turn right onto OH-104 South/South Bridge Street and travel for 3.4 miles. You'll then want to merge right onto US-23 South and follow this route for about 6 miles. Turn left onto OH-372. Travel for approximately 3 miles and then turn left onto Lake Road.

Entering Scioto Trail State Park

Scioto Trail State Park is open Sunday through Saturday from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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