Great Seal State Park is a 1682-acre park located in Chillicothe, Southeastern Ohio. It is filled with beautiful scenery, hiking trails, a campground, and more!
Visit Great Seal State Park
Great Seal State Park is known for its hills. The hills here were the inspiration for the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, and that is how the park got its name! There is literally something for everyone to do at Great Seal State Park. You can hike, bike, horseback ride, play disc golf, camp, and lots more!
Camping at Great Seal State Park
The Great Seal State Park Campground offers only primitive camping sites. This means there is no electricity or running water at the sites. The campground has 15 sites. They also have horse picket lines (or tie lines) located behind 10 of the 15 sites. The campground does have drinking water and vault latrines available. There is a playground and a shelter house at the campground. Campers can bring their pets. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance by calling the Great Seal State Park Campground office at 866-644-6727.
Disc Golf at Great Seal State Park
If you love disc golf aka frisbee golf you can enjoy a day on the 18-hole course located near the Ireland picnic area. Be sure to bring your own equipment because there are no rental options available. There is no fee to play a round of disc golf. You can print out a Great Seal State Park Disc Golf Course map.
Picnicking at Great Seal State Park
There are three main picnic areas. All areas have tables and grills. The areas are all in separate areas of the park. Be sure to pack a cooler of snacks and water and enjoy some time at the picnic area.
Reservable Shelter Houses at Great Seal State Park
There are two reservable shelters, Ireland Shelter has a non-electric fireplace, charcoal grill, and twelve picnic tables. The maximum number of people that can fit in the Ireland Shelter is 50. This shelter is close to all the fun: trails, playgrounds, and disc golf. There are vault restrooms nearby.
The second reservable shelter house is Vista Shelter. It also has a maximum capacity of 50. There is a charcoal grill and twelve picnic tables. It is located near trails and vault restrooms.
If you would like to reserve a shelter house you can reserve them online or call 866-644-6727
Storybook Trail at Great Seal State Park
We are huge fans of the storybook trails located throughout Ohio. Storybook trails are an excellent way for families to enjoy learning outdoors together! Storybook trails have signs to read as you walk along the easy hike. The signs tell the story!
The storybook trail is located near the Ireland Picnic Shelter parking lot. The storybook presented along the trail changes throughout the year. So be sure to come back and visit often!
If you would like to learn more about storybook trails you can see an example in the video below. It is not at Great Seal State Park, but it is very similar to the storybook trail here.
Trails at Great Seal State Park
There are more than 23 miles of trails available to hikers and walkers. The terrain varies from rolling hills to steep hills. Some of the trails are strenuous so it is best to condition for these trails.
If you have a mountain bike or horse, check which of the 17 miles of trails you can use. They are multiple-purpose trails.
Multi-Use Trails at Great Seal State Park (Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and Hiking)
2.9 miles | Loop | Dogs | Moderate
A 2.9-mile trail that is not too busy and is a moderate hike. Other hikers report that the trail does not have many ups and downs other than the climb to the summit. Dogs are welcome and may be able to be off-leash in some areas.
3.9 miles | Out-and-Back | Dogs | Moderate to Difficult
A 3.9-mile trail that is not very busy. It is an out-and-back trail. It is a moderate to difficult hike, with a mix of ascents, descents, and flat sections. Lick Run trail at Great Seal State Park is a great one for biking! Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas.
Mt Ives Trail
1.6 miles | Out-and-Back | Difficult
A 1.6-mile trail. This is an out-and-back trail. This trail has strenuous trail winds but provides several scenic vistas. Hikers reported that it’s a great workout with nice hills.
4.7 miles | Loop | Dogs | Moderate
This is a very quiet trail. There are some very steep elevations at the start of the loop and in the middle. Dogs on a leash are welcome and may be able to be off-leash in places.
11.7 miles | Loop | Dogs | Difficult
The Shawnee Ridge Loop Trail is a difficult hike. It is best used from March through November. This is a popular trail for biking and horseback riding, so hikers are advised to walk in the opposite direction to the bikers. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
1.8 miles | Loop | Dogs | Moderate
A 1.8-mile trail loop that climbs through a dense maple forest to the crest of Sugarloaf. The trail rises almost 500 feet in less than a quarter of a mile. The trail is a moderately busy trail and is a moderate hike. Sugarloaf Mountain Trail is accessible year-round. Hikers report there are many steep parts to the trail. Dogs on a leash are welcome and may be able to be off-leash in places.
Annie’s Mountain Bike Trail
A 0.7-mile loop trail.
A 1 mile trail, this short trail forms parts of the other, longer trails.
A 1.2-mile trail that forms parts of the other, longer trails.
A 0.5-mile trail.
A 1.4-mile trail.
Hiking-Only Trials at Great Seal State Park
Disc Golf isn’t necessarily a trail but is a walk of 1.3 miles through the 18 holes or baskets.
A 1.9-mile trail that includes 10 fitness training stations with instructions. (Hiking app reports this as a 2.9-mile loop). This is a moderately busy trail and is great for all skill levels. The fitness loop is well taken care of. A portion of this trail intertwines with the disc golf course.
Quick Facts about Great Seal State Park
- Disc Golf – 18 holes
- Picnic Area
- Reservable Shelterhouses
- Located In Chillicothe, Ohio
- Open year-round
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips
Have you ever wondered if there can be too much nature? Of course not, but Great Seal State Park is overflowing with stunning scenery! There are lots of trails here, if you meet others, be aware they may be on bikes or horses. Bring your dog for a great day out, they are welcome on most trails and can even go off-leash in places!
It’s a state park with big beautiful hills and valleys to hike through, play frisbee golf, basketball, volleyball, ride horses, workout, have gatherings, and play with kids. Mind the forest critters ants, snakes, bees, and deerAaron C (Yelp)
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