Shawnee State Park

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Shawnee State Park

Ohio

(740) 858-6652

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Overview

Located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River, 1,095-acre Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest. Once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, the region is one of the most picturesque in the state, featuring erosion-carved valleys and wooded hills. The rugged beauty of the area has earned it the nickname "The Little Smokies".

Several hundred million years ago, a general upheaval of eastern North America made changes in the terrain that are evident in Ohio today. South and east of Ohio, the layers of bedrock folded and buckled, giving rise to the Appalachian Mountains. The forested hills of Shawnee are a part of the Appalachian Plateau. Here, the bedrock layers were uplifted but no real distortion occurred; for this reason, Shawnee never had true "mountains". In fact, all of Ohio's hill country is a feature of stream erosion on this prehistoric raised plain and is often referred to as the foothills of the Appalachians.

Map of Shawnee (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.730673, -83.184966

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Activities

  • Boating

    Roosevelt and Turkey Creek lakes, totaling 68-acres, offer boating with electric motors only. Launch ramps are provided for access to the lakes. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available for rental at the camp store. Marina facility offers access to the Ohio River.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is allowed on public roads.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour "Ohio's Little Smokies" along SR 125.

  • Camping

    This park has 107 sites suitable for tents or trailers that feature electric hookups, waste disposal, heated shower houses, flush toilets and laundry facilities. Pet camping is available throughout the campground. Boat rental, games, and sporting equipment is available to loan or rent to registered campers. A group camp that can accommodate up to 45 people is available by reservation. There is a 57-site equestrian campground with latrines is available near Bear Lake on state forest land. The park rents two camper cabin and 25 cottages. Visitors can also stay at the parks 50 room lodge.

  • Fishing

    There are two well-stocked lakes that provide good catches of largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and trout. A trout derby is held annually at Turkey Creek Lake. A valid Ohio fishing license is required for anyone over 16 years of age.

  • Golfing

    An 18-hole championship golf course and pro-shop are located near the marina on the Ohio River, within a short drive of the main park area.

  • Hiking

    This park offers six hiking trails as well as the 60-mile Shawnee backpack trail, operated by the Division of Forestry, which takes hikers to some of the best wilderness areas in Ohio. A portion of the Buckeye Trail goes through the state forest.

  • Horseback Riding

    This park offers two bridle trails as well as an additional 75 miles of bridle trails located within Shawnee State Forest. Equestrian camping is also available.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is available through nearby private vendors.

  • Picnicking

    There are five picnic areas with tables and grills located in many secluded and scenic areas of the park. There are also two accessible picnic shelters available at Lake Roosevelt, and both may be reserved online or by calling 866-644-6727.

  • Water Sports

    Public beaches are situated on Roosevelt Lake and Turkey Creek Lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing is available in the winter.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round.

Directions

Driving

This park is located at 4404 State Route 125, Portsmouth, Ohio 45663-9003.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(740) 858-6652

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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