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While not an overly large state park at 587 acres, Pike Lake State Park near Bainbridge boasts a family-friendly 13-acre lake and lots of natural charm. Chillicothe is only about 30 minutes to the northeast of this rustic gem. Even if you don't own a motorhome, you can book an RV in Ross County and spend a few days or even a few weeks exploring the state parks in Ohio.
While camping at Pike Lake State Park, you can take a quick road trip to Dayton and check out the city's many attractions. Dayton is only about an hour and a half to the northwest of the park. Stock up on the necessary supplies in Jackson before setting up camp at Pike Lake State Park.
There are several ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine when RV camping at Pike Lake State Park. Hitch your boat to your motorhome and enjoy a relaxing time on the lake. Since Pike Lake is smaller, electric motorized boats and non-powered watercraft are allowed. Guests without their own watercraft can rent pedal boats, canoes, or kayaks at the park. Swimming is also permitted in the designated area.
Disc golf is another great way to get outdoors and breathe in the fresh air at Pike Lake State Park. There's no fee to play disc golf at Pike Lake State Park, and you can even rent discs at the park office.
Five hiking trails wander throughout the park that range in length, with the longest trail being just over one mile. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to moderate. Hikers seeking a challenge will find a network of more strenuous trails available in the adjacent state forest. A section of the Buckeye Trail cuts through Pike Lake State Forest. Horses and cyclists are permitted to use the trails as well, so be aware of your surroundings and share the trail with other visitors.
You shouldn't have any trouble finding a place to park your campervan rental at Pike Lake State Park. The 79 campsites available here all have electric hookups. Amenities include a shower house, restrooms, and a dump station near the edge of the campground. All camping spaces at Pike Lake State Park are pet-friendly.
If camping at Pike Lake State Park isn't for you, check out Walnut Creek Campground and Resort in Chillicothe. All sites come equipped with electric hookups; water and sewer are available upon request and for a fee. A pay dump station is also available at the campground.
Also in Chillicothe, Sun Valley Campground is a great alternative to state park RV camping, offering several campsites equipped with water and electric hookups. Modern, clean restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers are centrally located within the campground. Sun Valley Campground is situated near a stocked pond where guests can relax and fish for their dinner.
When camping in a motorhome near Pike Lake State Park, plan to visit Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe. This park showcases the earthen mounds that were built by the early citizens of the Hopewell culture in the Ohio River Valley thousands of years ago. The Hopewellian people were known for their sacred earthen mounds constructed for rites of passage, feasts, funerals, and other ceremonies.
Visit the Adena Mansion and Gardens Historic Site, also in Chillicothe, before returning your rental RV and heading home. The Adena Mansion was home to Thomas Worthington, the sixth governor of Ohio, and was built in 1807 by Benjamin Latrobe. Aside from being the sixth governor of Ohio, Worthington was one of Ohio’s first United States Senators. The mansion was built on a hilltop to overlook the Ohio River Valley and the town of Chillicothe. The mansion sits on 300 acres and has been restored to its original splendor. Visitors can wander through the mansion and gardens and learn more about the Worthington family, Benjamin Latrobe, and the Ohio River Valley.
Round out your visit to Chillicothe by visiting the Hopeton Earthworks National Historic Park. This is a cultural archaeological site which preserves mounds and earthwork enclosures. This historical park is on the northern edge of Chillicothe and sits on the eastern bank of the Scioto River. The site was opened to the public in 2016 and is only accessible to visitors during daylight hours. A one-mile trail leads visitors to an overlook area where they can admire the remnants of the earthwork. There are no restrooms, and visitors should respect the historical significance of the area and not stray from the trail.