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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"

on Raven Rock

1 month ago

Love hiking up to the top and seeing the beautiful views.

1 month ago

Took the east day hike trail to Camp number 3 the next day hike from 3 to 1 please note that the water at Camp one is a mile from Camp one so if you're coming from the trailhead to one don't walk past it if you're going the way we did it requires you to go an extra mile to get water and then return back to camp. my wife and I spent the weekend there and by far from Camp number one back to the trailhead is some of the toughest hiking we have ever done. love the challenge but it is not for the timid.

2 months ago

One of my favorite trails. The ecosystem along the trail is beautiful, but the top of the rock is a breathtaking view. Honestly one of the best I've ever seen. You must get a permit from the Shawnee State Park ranger system to hike and I would suggest getting a ride as parking is very limited (2 or 3 cars).

This trail is super difficult. We only made it about 1 mile out and realized it was out of our access. Lots of bugs even with bug spray so be prepared. The trail does not seem to be maintained well either.

on Lookout Trail

3 months ago

Beautiful trail and fun hike for a little Forrest bathing! Very well marked and easy to follow trail markers. Very heavily shaded with mature trees. Beware of walking into spider webs especially in the early morning. Waving a branch in front of you is a good way to avoid this unpleasant encounter. Wish it was longer! Hope they expand it to a longer section to make it at least a 3 mile loop. Also spotty cell phone reception.

Very strenuous! The hills are steep...... I recommend bringing trekking poles as they are needed ( I’ve never used trekking poles until this trip) The Park has both a North and South trail. If doing both as one large loop it is 40 miles. There is water at or near every campsite. Also there is a fire tower that you can climb to the top of for a great view on the way to camp 1. If you are only doing half of the loop be prepared for a 5 mile road hike on a busy 2 lane state route back to the trailhead. Again this trail is very strenuous and will test your endurance!

3 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Beautiful view! Highly recommend!

The climb was rough, and had to stop multiple times on the ascent (because I really don’t hike often); but we made it! Be sure to take a walking stick, as it really helps. Also, I recommend wearing boots or old shoes, due to many mud patches.

The parking area is only enough space for 2, maybe 3, vehicles.

4 months ago

Hiked the west loop on Memorial Day weekend 2018. Actual mileage was about 4.2, not posted 3.7. Some parts were nice. Beautiful hardwood forest with nice assortment of trees , including conifers and some towering oaks. HOWEVER, this trail clearly sees little activity so the trail had lots of sections with long grass/weeds and poison ivy (in the trail). And worse.... 1000’s of tics. My wife , son, and I hiked with our dog ... and had to stop every 50 yards for inspection. We had them all over us all day. (And still are finding them hours later)

5 months ago

Another great trail to day hike to see the Spring wildflowers.l go out each Spring.

5 months ago

great trail, just wish they would stop logging everything. Part of the trail is logging roads with the equipment still sitting there.

Really liked this trail. Pretty views. Lots of things to do other than hike.

6 months ago

I drove over 50 miles one way to get here and didn't even get to go hiking because the pull off where you park was full.

This was a nice hike for the mileage. If you start at the road as described, you basically have a decent hill climb, and then a ridge walk with moderate ups and downs. This was a good hike for getting in some longer miles without excessive elevation.

We put this loop together to take in the Copperhead Firetower and Camp 1 of the Backpack trail. Overall a scenic woods walk and not too steep. Several Creek crossings, and the bottom area of the bridle trail was a bit muddy. We startled a coyote just below the water source where the bridle trail and backpack trail meet. You could opt for more out and back instead of using the roads for a loop.

This was a great day hike! Plenty of enjoyable hiking along the creek, and camp #6 would be a nice spot for lunch if you had the time. Lots of moderate walking, so the entire trail is not too difficult outside of the couple of hill climbs. Take a look at the elevations and determine how you might want to tackle this loop.

10 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Took our 3 kids (14, 13, and 9) and they all enjoyed it. Great views from the top.

11 months ago

Completed the north and south loop in 4 days total. 40+ Miles all together. There is a lot of discrepancies between maps and mileage markers from camp to camp. Doing this is 4 days kicked our butts. Loved the challenge but 5-6 days would make the trip a little more enjoyable and less painful by the end. Definitely don’t attempt to complete in 4 days if you aren’t in decent shape. Just as the paper at the trailhead says, you will know just how in shape you are just a few hours into your hike. Beautiful views at all of the peaks, would definitely recommend.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This is a great hike to take in 2 great scenic spots in one day. There is a little more elevation gain on this route than some others, but it wasn't terrible. I look forward to doing this again in the future.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

I would not rate the updated trail route as difficult, I think this comes from the old route which is now closed, so don't let the rating scare you. This is a great hike, totalling about 2.5 miles for the out and back which includes a long, moderate, uphill, and a long, moderate, downhill. The views are some of the best around of the Ohio River Valley. You can get your free permit easily, by email, by following the instructions on the Ohio Nature Preserves website.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great views. Couldn't figure out how to get below the arch. Also it appeared the other half of the trail was blocked by downed trees. We turned back the way we came. That was a little disappointing since we didn't get to experience the whole loop.

Monday, September 11, 2017

I just completed this hike last week but as a loop of ~25 miles, starting at the trailhead, following a trail just north of SR125 (traveling SE), crossing south over SR 125, and picking up the displayed trail there, finishing the loop at the trailhead. The trail is fantastic-- you cannot ask for a better groomed trail. It's simple to follow, well marked, with only a couple of trees downed over the trail in all those miles. There is no deluge of water runoff in the rain (& I started during a rainstorm) and the reason is simple in design- on each and every slope, every 50 feet or so, a backsloping cutout is made in the trail to force water runoff off the trail, so no deluge ever forms. This took an enormous amount of work to construct. But (big but), this is an athletically hard trail; easy trail technically; hard trail athletically. Take a water filter-- plenty of streams. Actually, camp 5 was 1/2 way for me and beautiful, on a ridge with great views. I loved this hike and will be going back for more.

Monday, September 04, 2017

We opted for the East loop which had some nice single track trail on the far east side, but adds 3 miles or so. There was a map near the trailhead that we took a picture of, since alltrails has the shorter version. The grass was mowed, so no high weeds this time around. There are some small openings that offer some nice views and some deep hollows that would be gorgeous with spring flowers. we'll definitely be doing this one again!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Great place! really enjoyed this place and can't wait to go back...

Friday, September 01, 2017

Lots of up and down, very challenging if your not in good shape. If you have a dog, watch out for copperheads!!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A nice day hiking trail with some nice views. I hike it several times a year. I enjoy Spring and Fall the most.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Nice view of Ohio River Valley.

Friday, July 07, 2017

never a flat moment. topography changes every 20 feet. you're either walking up or down hill the whole time, steep inclines to. wild black berries around the 2.5 miles mark from the head. couple spots the trail was blocked by fallen trees and limbs. it down poured the whole 10 miles for us but we did it.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Trail was a very nice hike. There is actually quite a bit of vertical rise in the trails. I wouldn't take a small child or beginner hiker on this trail just because of the difficulty. There were sections of the hike where you had to wade thru waist high grass so make sure you bring and use bug spray. But overall it was a great hike.

on Shawnee Trail

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Backpacked with the Boy Scouts to prepare for our upcoming trip to Philmont. Started at Camp #3 and hiked up to Camp #1. This is a tough trail due to the elevation changes with no switchbacks. The trail after Camp #1 is currently closed due to logging activity. We chose to take the Rose Hollow Bridle trail back to the parking lot near Camp #3.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Great view of the Ohio river

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