2015 Spring Hike at Spruce Hill Works

Goldenrod in full bloom atop the Spruce Hill plateau.
Goldenrod in full bloom atop the Spruce Hill plateau.

NPS / Tom Engberg

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News Release Date: April 1, 2015

Contact: Rick Perkins, 740-774-1126

Annual Spruce Hill Works Hike  

Date: April 14th, 2015
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Spruce Hill parking lot
Fees: No Fees
Hike Difficulty: Moderately difficult, uphill, uneven terrain on plateau

Join a park ranger for a spring hike at Spruce Hill! Situated in the scenic Paint Valley, a hike up Spruce Hill will offer visitors many great opportunities to view the blooming of spring wildflowers as well as learn about this mysterious earthwork. Spruce Hill is one of only three hilltops surrounded by a mound of stone. Though little remains of the stone walls, hikers will get a sense of scale for the prehistoric project when standing in the middle of the mesa. Spruce Hill is owned cooperatively by the Ross County Park District and the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, which operate cooperatively with the National Park Service.

Meet the National Park Ranger at Spruce Hill's parking lot on Spruce Hill Road, approximately 8 miles west of Chillicothe. From Chillicothe, follow US 50 west and turn left on Blain Highway. Turn right onto Black Run Road and continue straight onto Spruce Hill Road. The parking for Spruce Hill is on Spruce Hill Road. If you need further assistance or have questions, call the park at 740-774-1126, stop by the Mound City Group Visitor Center. You can also download a Spruce Hill driving map to help direct you to the site.

Last updated: May 24, 2018

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16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601


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