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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is a park quite unlike any other. Located in south-central Ohio, it is home to groups of large, geometric earthworks. The earthworks were created by the Hopewell culture, and although we know a little about this culture, a sense of mystery still remains around why the mounds were built, and why artifacts were buried underneath them. There are five units within the park, all of which are worth exploring.
The Hopewell Culture National Historical Park covers nearly 1,800 acres, with trails available to explore the main historical sites, as well as a visitors’ center where you can learn more about those who used to inhabit the lands. This fascinating park is often the reason that people rent an RV in Ross County and is easily reachable from the nearby towns of Chillicothe, Piketon, and Circleville.
There are several interesting interpretive trails that wind their way around the park. When camping at Hopewell Cultural National Historical Park, take a self-guided tour of the Mound City Group, which follows a route around the exterior of the mounds before meandering off into the forest. There is a longer trail at the Hopewell Mound Group, and this time the interpretive trail will actually take you into the interior of the massive earthwork enclosure and then again goes up into the forested section of the earthwork enclosure. Hikers will be able to see a portion of the original earthen wall that spared destruction.
As well as these shorter interpretive trails, there is also a multi-use trail within the park boundaries. A mile of the Tri-County Triangle Trail runs through the park, which runs for 28 miles overall, making it ideal for more experienced hikers. It connects the towns of Chillicothe, Frankfort, and Washington Court House, and is paved, making it accessible for most people who rent a camper near Columbus.
You can't go Hopewell Cultural National Historical Park camping without making a stop in the Visitor Center. Watch a film and have a look around the museum to learn more about the history of the park or enjoy a guided tour or a patio talk from knowledgeable staff. During the summer months, the tours can be enjoyed daily around Mound City Group and are free to park visitors. Pick up a nature checklist and see if you can see some of the local insects, birds, flowers, and trees.
Lake Hill Campground is just one of the many campgrounds available for visitors that are hoping to camp in an RV near Columbus. It covers 65 acres with options for 57 sites. Some site scone with just 30, 50 amp hook-ups, whole others provides water, electricity, and daily WiFi depending on your needs. It is a quiet and peaceful campground with a large beach area for visitors to enjoy. Only 20 acres of the large area is used for the sites, meaning the rest is open and forested, providing plenty of space for outdoor enjoyment.
Another campground nearby that many people use when motorhome camping in the area is Walnut Creek Campground and Resort. The resort offers over 110 acres of rolling hills and creeks for campers to enjoy, as well as a large pool. Pets are also allowed at the park so they can come on the camping adventure with you. Sites offer 20, 30, 50 amp service, so you can pick the camping site that best suits your needs.
After you've visited the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, there is plenty to do in the local area. The Adena Mansion and Gardens is one of the most popular attractions, the home of Thomas Worthington, the sixth Governor of Ohio. Inside the complex, you’ll find the house, gardens, education center and museum, so there is a lot to explore.
The Pump House Center for the Arts may also be of interest to many. It is a beautiful, historic building located in downtown Yoctangee Park and hosts a variety of shows and exhibits throughout the year. The building is an attraction in itself. Built-in 1883, it was used to pump water out of the surrounding wells to holding reservoirs.
The city of Columbus is easily reachable from the park and is full of attractions for visitors to enjoy. The city is full of attractions. Visit some of the finest museums in the state, take a stroll through Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, explore the bustling and vibrant downtown area of the city or take the kids to be entertained at the Center of Science. The options are endless.