Scioto Trail State Park encompasses a total area of 218 acres of land and 30 acres of water within the much larger Scioto Trail State Forest that covers a total area of about 9,000 acres. The state park is located in Ross County and Pike County and is close to the city of Chillicothe. The park can be found off U.S. 23, which is south of Chillicothe on State Route 372. Special features within the park include a nature center that is housed within a restored Old Log Church that is the replica of the oldest Presbyterian church in the northwest territories.
The topography in and around the park includes wooded valleys and rugged ridgetops that are characteristic of the Appalachians where the park is nestled. The park is also nestled right next to the Scioto River and provides picturesque views of the Scioto River Valley. The biota within the park is comprised of dense forests (Hickory and Oak trees) with several species of woodland wildflowers including Wild Geranium, Spring Beauties, Wild Blue Phlox and Dutchman's Breeches. Mosses, lichens, and ferns are also widespread in the area and mostly coat rock outcrops. The quiet and remote landscape also offer refuge to elusive wildlife including thriving wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and white-tailed deer.
Besides the natural splendor of the Scioto Trail State Park, this state park is also popular for several other activities including boating (electric motors only), canoeing, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, hunting, ice-skating, sledding, and camping. Amenities within the park that facilitate these activities include a large playfield, camper cabins, picnic areas, boat ramp, several campsites (with and without electricity), wading beach, nature center, and hiking trails.
Like most other Ohio State Parks, you are allowed to bring your dog into the park at no extra fee. If you choose to bring your dog, you should be aware of the standard Ohio State Park rules. Some of the rules that relate to dog owners include the following. You must keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet long. You must prevent your dog from going into areas that are not designated as pet-friendly areas. If you choose to camp at the park, you should also be aware that you are limited to only having two pets/dogs per campsite.