Ninety minutes east of Cincinnati sits idyllic Chillicothe. (Say “idyllic Chillicothe” five times fast. I dare you.)
Chillicothe is a place that comes alive in spring thanks to its riverside location, five state parks, and 120 miles of hiking trails. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities either. Biking is a favorite, but you can walk, run, kayak, canoe, or simply sightsee until your heart’s content.
So when you’re looking for an enjoyable weekend getaway in April, May, or June, look no further than Chillicothe. It’s a wonderful retreat from the bustle of Cincinnati, and it’s a great place to say “hello!” to the warm weather of spring.
WHERE TO STAY
Chillicothe’s country cabins are a favorite for groups large and small, and it's easy to see why. The cabins allow maximum enjoyment of your natural surroundings. But they aren’t all the same, and that’s a good thing. Some are more rustic, while others offer amenities like scheduled massages.
If you can’t give up that continental breakfast, look no further than Chillicothe’s hotels, many of which offer one. They’re cozy, too, and affordable. Several even offer heated indoor pools, which you can enjoy after all those daytime nature walks are over.
Last but certainly not least is Chillicothe’s delightful bed and breakfast, the Atwood House. Pick this place if you want the pampering, the luxurious setting, and the old-fashioned feel.
HIKIN’ AND BIKIN’
Your best bets for recreational and outdoor activities are going to be Chillicothe’s five state parks: Great Seal State Park, Scioto Trail State Park, Paint Creek State Park, Pike Lake State Park, and Tar Hollow State Park.
Then there’s the Tri-County Triangle Trail. It was formed after abandoned railroad tracks were converted into 32 miles of multi-use trails connecting Chillicothe, Frankfort, Greenfield, and Washington Court House. (Map ‘em out, and they form a triangle, roughly.)
What deserves extra mention here is the scenery. Chillicothe is located among the Appalachian foothills, where streams, trees, and wildlife create an indelible natural tapestry. Not that Cincinnati isn’t beautiful, but every once in a while, it’s worth getting outside the city to see real nature.
And, of course, there’s no better place to do that than Chillicothe. Happy hikin’ and bikin’, folks. We’ll see you there.
Chillicothe is located 90 minutes east of Cincinnati on State Route 50. Check out the visitor’s bureau webpage here.