Great Seal State Park Loop

Chillicothe, Ohio

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This longer trek explores Appalachian foothills rising from the iconic state park outside Chillicothe. A great training hike, the circuit presents over 2,000 feet each of ascending and descending during its 8-mile length. Start near Lick Run, then climb Mount Ives, a solid pull. Curve around Bunker Hill, then head north for more hills and Rocky Knob. Wander through a rock garden on a spur before descending a deep hollow and completing the loop. The hills upon which you walk are depicted on the signet. And what better Buckeye State scene? The forested sandstone heights set a hiker’s heart to pounding on the drive in. Beauty is found not only in views from afar but also up close, in wildflower-loaded hollows and emergent stone outcrops poking through the steep tree-covered hillocks.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This longer trek explores Appalachian foothills rising from the iconic state park outside Chillicothe. A great training hike, the circuit presents over 2,000 feet each of ascending and descending during its 8-mile length. Start near Lick Run, then climb Mount Ives, a solid pull. Curve around Bunker Hill, then head north for more hills and Rocky Knob. Wander through a rock garden on a spur before descending a deep hollow and completing the loop.

The hills upon which you walk are depicted on the signet. And what better Buckeye State scene? The forested sandstone heights set a hiker’s heart to pounding on the drive in. Beauty is found not only in views from afar but also up close, in wildflower-loaded hollows and emergent stone outcrops poking through the steep tree-covered hillocks.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chillicothe
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5- 6.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Great Seal State Park, 4908 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601; (740) 887-4818; www.dnr.state.oh.us
Local Maps: Great Seal State Park; USGS Chillicothe East, Kingston
Driving Directions: Directions to Great Seal State Park Loop

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