When you think of sports, what do you envision? Hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing, golfing, fishing, bowling, roller skiating, shooting . . . but there are also sports to watch: baseball, for one. Look below for many of the sports activities in the area. The City of Chillicothe has a pool with a 159 foot twisting slide at Yoctangee Park which is open during the summer.
- Chillicothe Paints: A Prospect Leagure wood bat baseball team made up of college and university top performers. Much more fun to watch than professional baseball. Great entertainment for the entire family. I would never want to miss seeing the Paints play!
- Canoeing and Kayaking are great fun on Paint Creek. Three companies rent canoes and kayaks or bring your own. You can also use your own boat on
Lake White to the south.
- Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve: An easy and beautiful hike to the rocky gorge overlooking paint creek this park is run by the Ross County Park District. Five miles of trails let you explore cliffs, an old farmstead, or look for tiny saw whet owls. Click here for a list of scheduled events or visit their Facebook page. The photo to the right is the view down the paint creek valley from the overlook.
- Not quite as exciting as Buzzards Roost, Metahqua Nature Preserve is a flat 1.5 mile hike with a looping end that might appeal to some of you. Buzzards Roost remains my favorite, both for total length of trails (about 5 miles) and for wonderful views, one being down the paint creek valley pictured to the right.
- The Tri-County Trail or Adena Trail is a paved bicycle trail that runs along the floodwall in Chillicothe, by the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, to the small town of Frankfort and then on to Washington Courthouse. It is approximately 23 miles long. A very nice trail to ride during temperate weather, but it can be very hot on steamy summer days. Although the trail begins on the east side of Chillicothe, that area is not very safe and I would advise starting at a small park on the other side of town. Or even drive your car to the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park and start there. If you are an avid cyclist, there is a 25, 50, and 100 mile ride in April called The BIKE FIFTY. I also have turn-by-turn directions for a 50-mile road route around Waverly. You may download it here.
- The state parks and forests offer places to hike, mountain bike, and fish. Click the links to see the maps. Great Seal State Park is the closest to the Tecumseh drama and has excellent hiking trails with a variety of terrain. Scioto Trail State Park and Forest is the closest to Wren Eagle Retreat and offers mile upon mile of hiking trails and mountain bike trails, including the Scioto Trail Section of the Buckeye and North Country Trails, and two small fishing lakes. You can bring your mountain bike and ride certain trails in Scioto Trail State Park. Ross Lake is an excellent place to fish, as is the Scioto River.
- Golf course:
- Bowling and Roller Skating
- Hunting is available at the state forests and other places. Check out Ohio’s regulations
and Hunter Education classes. Deer Processing is available nearby and I have a large freezer available upon request for your meat storage.
- Arcade and indoor games: Triple Crown Family Fun Center: 1 Nancy Wilson Way (behind the Hampton Inn), Chillicothe, OH 740-775-2564
- Auto racing: Atomic Speedway 2535 Blain Highway, Waverly, OH 45690 740-703-9749