Explore the most popular hiking trails near West Portsmouth with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 months ago

The views was great, and the rocks are awesome!!

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

As mentioned below, this trail is a total of 40+ miles long. I started the north loop today (23 miles). Unfortunately I did not read this review until today, 12 miles into my hike. If I would have done so, I would have avoided the side trail as Matthew's review mentioned. I ended up on multiple trails, traveling about 6 miles out of the way.... But I'm really okay with that I guess. All part of the adventure. The trail has been a blast, campsites are great, water & latrine at each site. I haven't seen another person in 14 hours :)

Definitely not for first time hikers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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".

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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.

Monday, November 09, 2015

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.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

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

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tough trail.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I'm from this area so I should like this trail more than I do, it's a nice hike kind of challenging if you were a beginner or only do short hikes. The real drawback to this trail is there isn't a whole lot to see with the exception of an overlook that's rather nice. It's totally worth it don't get me wrong, it can be a bit challenging at time because it has a lot of up and down hills. Pro tip-travel light

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This hike was interesting to say the least. Myself and two buddies hiked this trail last Fall and started late to do some night hiking which was pretty sweet. It doesn't take long to figure out this trail is intense though. All three of us are in good shape, but some of the climbs on this hike are ridiculous. There were sections where we would hike uphill for a solid 40 minute to finally get to the top and see absolutely nothing; then sure enough the trail was start to decline again then straight back up. This is how the entire trail is laid out so if you're okay with getting a good workout in, but not really having the opportunity to see anything then this trail might be for you. Definitely make sure to get water at each of the filling stations though!

Friday, May 09, 2014

Great hike! Took my an 12 and 14 year old and they did fine. They were dead tired at the end but made it. Give it a shot if you want to challenge yourself.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Did the 7.2 mile day hike and it is a challenge but worth it.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Definitely more than moderate but not extreme. Creek crossing and large down trees make for some messy points but great trail. Steep ridges on end of clockwise made it more work. Have to hit it again in May and try counter clockwise per other review.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I did a nine-mile portion of this trail yesterday ad I must say, despite how often I hike and how in shape I thought I was, this trail kicked my butt. It was all super-steep hills the entire way. I was disappointed that even with all the work I did to get high into the hills, there were very few overlooks and not much scenery. Overall, this trail would be very boring if it weren't for the physical challenge if presents. I would recommend it for those trying to train for something, but not for someone just looking for a fun, pretty hike.

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