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The county seat of Highland County, Hillsboro is a small, charming city ideally located for exploring the very best of Ohio. Situated approximately 35 miles from Chillicothe, famous for its stint as Ohio's first capital, and under an hour and a half's drive from state capital Columbus, Hillsboro is a great departure point for your RV rental vacation. When you book an RV in Hillsboro, you're also just an hour and 15 minutes' drive from big city Cincinnati, with its iconic Union Station museum. In fact, thanks to its location at the junction of US Routes 50 and 52, Hillsboro is an easily accessible place for exploring many of Ohio's most interesting destinations.

Founded back in 1807, Hillsboro has retained its sense of history and culture, thanks to local institutions such as the Highland House Museum, where you can find out all about the city's past. Visit nearby parks such as Rocky Fork or Paint Creek and enjoy their large selection of recreational facilities and activities. The area also boasts some extremely interesting historical and cultural sites such as Serpent Mound, less than half an hour's drive away. This mystical site is the largest surviving prehistoric effigy mound in the world, at over 1,300 feet long. You could also take a visit to nearby Fort Hill for some excellent hiking opportunities as well as the chance to discover one of the best-preserved examples of ancient hilltop enclosures, built by the Hopewell Indians around 2,000 years ago.

Not too big, yet not too small, you'll find just about everything you need when you pick up your Hillsboro RV rental by owner. With a whole host of nearby recreational areas and parks, a Hillsboro RV rental is undeniably the best way to really make the most of your Ohio vacation. Make sure you spend some time visiting Hillsboro itself and stop by at some of the local small towns on your travels in your RV rental. This rugged and intensely beautiful part of the country is just waiting to be discovered, and a Hillsboro motorhome rental is the best way to really make this trip your own.

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The Great Outdoors

With plenty of exciting destinations to visit in your Hillsboro RV rental, get your vacation off to an immediate start and stop by the Rocky Fork State Park. Less than five miles away, this park offers excellent recreational activities and is home to the 2,000-acre Rocky Fork Lake. Rent a boat from the marina for a fun-filled day on the water or go fishing for bass, bluegill, and catfish. There are also two large public beaches for relaxing and swimming. Two short hiking trails allow you to discover the nearby scenic gorges, woodlands, and wetlands. Keep your eye out for the rare native wildflower sullivantia that can be seen in the valley, as well as red foxes and white-tailed deer.

While you're in the area, be sure to check out neighboring Paint Creek State Park, just 25 minutes' drive away in your Hillsboro camper rental. The park extends over more than 5,500 acres, including Paint Creek Lake that covers over 1,100 acres. Situated amid rolling hills, this scenic park offers plenty of seasonal facilities, so be sure to check what's open around your travel dates. Enjoy relaxing in the sun at the 1,000-foot swimming beach before taking a refreshing dip to cool off. Seasonal boat rentals are available, with a swim area situated near the beach. Bluegill, bass, and catfish are popular catches, or you could take one of the four hikes available in the park on marked trails through wildflower meadows and woodlands. There are also 12 miles of mountain biking trails that run through the park.

For yet another nearby park that features plenty of popular recreational activities, take the 45-minute drive down to Caesar Creek State Park in your luxury Hillsboro RV rental. The park covers over 3,700 acres of lakes, meadows, ravines, and wildlife areas. Visit the lake and its marina and concessions complex, complete with outdoor seating area and a drinking fountain. Anglers can enjoy some of the best crappie fishing in the state, while swimming is available in designated areas and you can relax on the 1,300-foot public beach. Plenty of picnic areas complete with drinking water, tables, and grills can be found throughout the park, while multiple trails make this a great park for hikers. Hike up to Horseshoe Falls waterfall, across the swinging bridge or up to the overlooks for scenic vistas of the lake. If you prefer a gentle, easy stroll, opt for a hike on one of the four bridle trails that also permit hiking. Visit Pioneer Village to view 15 historic buildings for an insight into life in the early 19th century, or stop by the Nature Center for some unique displays of local natural and cultural history. There are plenty of other activities available in the park as well as seasonal guided tours and exhibits, so check what's happening on your Hillsboro RV rental dates.

Another must-visit park is Hocking Hills State Park, situated just a 90-minute drive away in your Hillsboro motorhome rental. Hocking Hills is famous both on a national and international level for its stunning waterfalls, gorges, and rock formations. Hiking is a popular way to explore the park, with trails suitable for every ability. Take the short half-mile, easy trail to Whispering Cave and discover the seasonal waterfall that cascades over a 100-foot drop or try out the six miles of the 51-mile-long Buckeye Trail that pass through the park, to discover some of the main highlights, including Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cave. Stop by the visitor center at Old Man's Cave to take in some interesting exhibits or to browse the gift shop. There are also two mountain biking trails available, fishing on 17-acre Rose Lake, and a nine-hole disc golf course.

RV Parks

If you're looking to park your Hillsboro RV rental in the area, you'll have a good selection to choose from. The nearest is possibly the campground at Rocky Fork State Park, situated under 10 minutes' drive away. There is a selection of full and partial hookups available. You can take advantage of the excellent facilities found in the park, as this particular campground has plenty on offer. With a camp store, laundromat, and shower house, the basics are definitely covered. There is also a dump station, free to use recreational equipment, and a mini-golf course, not forgetting all of the amenities that come with Rocky Fork Lake itself.

Alternatively, you could have a look at Shady Trails Family Campground just over 10 minutes' drive away in your Hillsboro camper rental. This campground is also situated near to Rocky Fork Lake, located just off Route 50. Aside from watersports on the lake, there's a playground and also a basketball court. Sites offer a choice of hookups, with some big-rig friendly ones available too. With the on-site camp store for all your essentials, restrooms, and showers, this campground has pretty much everything you need to be able to make the most of this fantastic area.

There are also plenty of other state parks in the area offering campgrounds, so don't hesitate to look at what's available where you're planning on exploring in your Hillsboro luxury RV rental.

Exploring the City

When you're in the city picking up your Hillsboro RV rental by owner, take some time out to explore. A great first stop is the Visitors Bureau of Highland County. In the center of Hillsboro, you can get plenty of local information as well as finding out about other worthwhile places to visit. As the visitor's center will confirm, a definite Hillsboro must-see is the World's Largest Horseshoe Crab. This quirky roadside attraction is a huge sculpture of a horseshoe crab that makes for a fantastic photo opportunity.

If you're interested in finding out about the area's local history, stop by the Highland House Museum. Housed in a former tavern and stagecoach stop built in the early 1840s, the historic Highland House is a veritable treasure trove of local historical exhibits. Chat with the friendly volunteers who run the museum or take the self-guided tour. The museum contains garments, furnishings, tools, and much more, dating back over the last 200 years. Learn about Ohio's Underground Railroad network or view relics from the Civil War; there are numerous different exhibits that change throughout the year.

You could also try the short walking trail and picnic area in Hillsboro's Liberty Park. During the summer months, there are often special events and activities available such as movie nights. If you're looking to stop and eat in the city, whether it's just a quick bite or a full sit-down meal, you'll have plenty of choices. All major cuisines are provided for, with plenty of traditional American style restaurants and pizza parlors. Whether you're planning on staying or hitting the road in your Hillsboro campervan rental, you'll have no shortage of things to do and places to visit for an unforgettable vacation.

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