Hillsboro, Bainbridge, and Chillicothe, Ohio Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The gentle hills of south-central Ohio rise perceptibly as the traveler nears the Appalachian counties, cresting in such summits as Washburn Mountain, Rattlesnake Knob, and the peak that appears on the Great Seal of Ohio, Mount Logan. Two large human-made lakes, now the center of state parks, and a cave system lie along the main route of this trip. Chillicothe is deeply rooted in Ohio’s early history. A pioneer settlement near Shawnee villages, it produced four Ohio governors and the state’s constitution.
Upon statehood in 1803 the village became Ohio’s first capital. But long before the Shawnee or the white settler, a mysterious race lived among these hills. They came here perhaps as long ago as 3,000 years and vanished about A.D. 1400, leaving few traces except for their earthen mounds. One, the effigy of a snake, is nearly a quarter-mile long. As you travel east from Cincinnati on this trip, Ohio’s past will begin to unfold, from the prehistory of the Hopewell Indians all the way through the establishment of the nation’s first dental school in Bainbridge."