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Scioto Trail State Forest
SCIOTO TRAIL STATE FOREST
SCIOTO TRAIL STATE FOREST
During World War I, the area that is now Scioto Trail State Forest was used as an artillery range for Camp Sherman. Seventy-five millimeter guns and six-inch howitzers were set up at the mouth of Stoney Creek on the Scioto River and fired at targets in the general area of Stewart and Caldwell Lakes. The purchase of land for the state forest began in 1922, and most of the present forest area was purchased by 1937. The first 9,088 acres cost an average of $7.70 per acre. The forest was named after the Native American trail that ran from what is now Chillicothe to Portsmouth. They called it the Scioto Trail. Routh 23 follows the path of the trail. The major development of the area took place in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps built most of the roads, lakes and early recreational facilities. The forest now covers 9,390 acres. Scioto Trail State Forest maintains 26 miles of bridle trails for day use by horseback riders and hikers. Mountain bikes are also permitted on these trails. A Mountain Bike Family Campout is held each summer to promote this activity. Six miles of paved roads and 18 miles of gravel roads provide good access to all areas of the forest. Scenic vistas and overlooks on several of the roads attract many visitors year-round, but especially during the fall when the leaves are turning color. Populations of deer, wild turkey, squirrel and grouse encourage many hunters to pursue their favorite sport at Scioto Trail. Mushroom hunting in the spring is attracting more and more visitors to the forest each year. A fire tower and picnic area are located next to the forest office, and are the sites of many reunions and family outings. The 250 acre Scioto Trail State Park consists of two areas in the middle of the state forest. Two 15 acre lakes, a campground, two primitive camping area, picnic areas, trails and a sled hill are all located within the park.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres9390
Day-UseHuntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles1
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles26
 Bridle Trails, miles26
Nearby Accommodations
Walnut Creek Campground Resort - Chillicothe, OHCottages and Cabins
Rustic beauty in a peaceful, clean atmosphere is the secret to this Family Retreat. The serene splendor of Mother Nature is your reward for visiting Walnut Creek. We offer cabin rentals for those who want the convenience with less effort.
4 miles from park*


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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 6 Runners Challenge by jumperusa
Not for the weak of knee. These trails offer awesome endurance runs with extreme ups and downs. May want to bring the dramamine with you:) The gravel roads offer a less strainuous workout and some provide very senic views. These runs are not for beginners.
June 22 One of my favorite parks. by Scioto Trail fan
While there is no shower facility, the park is quite and laid back. Not for those who seek high powered activity but more for us who prefer a slower pace and relaxation. Beautiful lake and good fishing. Ohio should be proud.


Area Campgrounds

Sun Valley Campground
10105 C.R. 550, Box 27
Chillicothe, OH
740-775-3490


Lake Hill Campground
2466 Musselman Station Rd
Frankfort, OH
740-998-5648


Forest Haven
2344 Walnut Creek Rd
Chillicothe, OH
740-774-1203


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Bait & Tackle
381 N High St
Chillicothe, OH
(740) 774-1985


D & K Bait & Tackle Dealers
288 W Hydell Rd
Chillicothe, OH
(740) 772-1836


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Haven Inn the Hills - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
Web Site: haveninnthehills.com
24.7 miles from park*
The Grand Bentley Lodge - Rockbridge, OHCottages and Cabins
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind log home in the scenic Hocking Hills. Stunning solid walnut flooring. A grand great room with huge windows and a two-story stone fireplace. A spectacular recreation area with pool table, home theater, and a large hot tub right outside.
Web Site: grandbentleylodge.com
31.6 miles from park*
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OHCottages and Cabins
Lake Front but not lake view. This cottage is situated on 3 Acres, mostly wooded. Rocky Fork Lake is a 2,000 acre quiet and secluded lake. Because of the heavy concentration of trees the lake is a secluded paradise hidden in the woods.
Web Site: vacationhomerentals.com/52625
30.1 miles from park*
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
Web Site: rosesvacationcabinrental.com
52.2 miles from park*
Area Resources
Hocking Hills Internet Guide - hockinghills.com - ROCKBRIDGE, OHTourism
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
Web Site: hockinghills.com
23 miles from park*
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