SHAWNEE STATE FOREST
Largest of Ohio’s state forests, Shawnee is located west of Wayne National Forest and next to the Ohio River, in the southern part of the state. It’s a hilly and somewhat rugged area with many streams and several small lakes.
Almost 8,000 acres are designated as wilderness. There are forests of oak and hickory, maple and poplar, and wildlife includes deer and wild turkey.
Activities: This is one of two state forests in Ohio where backpacking is allowed. The major hiking and backpacking trail here is the moderate-ly-difficult Shawnee Backpack Trail, which forms a 43-mile loop. There are also 15 miles of side trails.
In addition, the forest has over 70 miles of bridle trails. Horses are not permitted on hiking trails. Fishing is possible as well, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is restricted to designated sites. Eight camping areas are located along the Shawnee Backpack Trail. A free permit is required, and available by self-registration at the parking area. Maximum stay at a campsite is one night. Campfires are allowed at established fire rings. Pets are prohibited.
For Further Information: Shawnee State Forest, Route 5, Box 151C, Portsmouth, OH 45662; (614)858-6685.