Scioto Trail State Park

State: Ohio

Address 1: 144 Lake Road

City: Chillicothe

Zip: 45601

Phone: 866-644-6727

Open: Open all year

Open all Year: Yes

Number of Sites: 73

Electric: 40

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

A small, quiet park nestled in beautiful 9,000-acre Scioto Trail State Forest, this state park is an undisturbed wooded refuge just south of Chillicothe. The ridgetops and winding forest roads offer breathtaking vistas of the Scioto River Valley. The beauty and remoteness of Scioto Trail offers the best of escapes to park visitors.

Wooded campground at Caldwell Lake offers 55 sites
40 are equipped with electricity
Vault latrines, pressurized water, dump station, fire rings and picnic tables are provided
A secluded hike-in camp located near Stewart Lake offers an additional 18 non-electric sites
Seasonal camp check-in/store available on weekends near Caldwell Lake and offers snacks, souvenirs, camping supplies, and paddle boat rentals.
Basketball and horseshoe courts are located in the campground.
Camp office loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers.
Two rustic camper cabins are available to rent year-round.

Two small lakes offer boating with electric motors only. Canoeing is excellent on these quiet waters. A launch ramp is provided at Caldwell Lake.

Small, unguarded wading beach near the campground is open during daylight hours. Check for water quality advisories.

Fishing and Hunting
Bluegill, bass, catfish, and trout provide good catches for anglers. Hunting is excellent for deer, squirrel, grouse and turkey in the adjacent state forest. A valid Ohio fishing and/or hunting license is required.

1 hiking-only trail
2 trails allow biking and hiking

3 scenic areas offer excellent picnicking opportunities. Tables and grills are provided.
The Ross picnic shelter with electrical outlets located at the Stewart Lake picnic area
Picturesque gazebo located on the island at Caldwall Lake
The gazebo and picnic shelter may be reserved online or by calling 866-644-6727 • Reservations begin the second Monday in November for the next calendar year.

More To Do
The restored Old Log Church, a replica of the oldest Presbyterian Church in the Northwest territory is available to view.
Playground for children
Additional basketball and horseshoe courts, along with a volleyball court and playground, are offered in day-use areas of the park