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"

Decent hike, nice overlook of Ohio River valley.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice workout! There are switchbacks to the top. You can only bring your dog if he/she is a service animal. Great view of Ohio river from the top.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail in this app is trail head to camp 7 and back. After the first mile you follow the Buckeye Trail for the next 4 miles until you reach the camp. Overall a good challenging hike but not for a first timer.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The map from the government does not correspond well with the actual signs on the earth! No where on their backpacking map does it mention an East Loop. But there are signs about the East Loop along the "Day Hike" trail. Their map also does not show this loop. It appears the signs on the trails are referring this loop as the "West Loop".

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We like do this trail when we camp at the state park. It's a loop and the kids like it. Easy!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Wonderful hike!! As the poster before me stated, it is 4.2 miles now. Was a good workout, good elevation change 1.5 miles in. Well marked and in nice shape. Not much to see, but if you love being in the woods like me, I'd be on it everyday.

hiking
1 year ago

Despite the description of Shawnee State Park as a 5.6 mile trail, it is far longer in reality. Depending on the configuration that you choose, you can either do one of the 20+ mile North or South loops, or a combined 45+ total loop. Additionally, the elevation change is significant (suggested by many to be the toughest terrain in Ohio) - over 5000 feet on the North loop alone.

My party completed the North loop over three days this past weekend. We had a great time - the placement of potable water stations and latrines near each campsite was a major luxury. The orange-blazed main trail is easy to follow, but be careful of the cutoff trail that bisects the North and South loop. The maps on the Shawnee park site, at the trailhead, and those at various sites (backpackohio.com, etc) are flat wrong - the day hike loop has been significantly rerouted recently, which added great confusion and mileage to that leg of our trip. We are contacting the park office about this omission, and hopefully they will update their maps soon. If anyone has any specific interest in this trail, I can provide much greater detail on how to stay on track. Just give me a shout.

They've changed this trail. It's now a 4.2 mile hike. It has a wonderful midway point with a great view.

camping
1 year ago

Did it with the Boy Scouts. It kicked their butts, but it was a great learning experience. Awesome place to hear weird strange noises at night.

hiking
1 year ago

Tough trail.

did the 7.2 two weekends ago and loved it. not much to see but the water and the woods it is a great workout though.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

the "lookout" spot was not that impressive. Overall it was a fun hike. quite a few fallen trees to admire. it rained the day before and the trail was only muddy in a couple spots.