Backpack Shawnee State Park

  • October 4, 2013 · 5:30 PM
  • Shawnee State Park

Hi everyone! I am planning an overnight, strenuous backpacking trip to Shawnee State Forest. The plan is to camp at the state campground Friday night and then backpack the North trail Saturday and Sunday, staying at campsite 2 or 3 overnight on Saturday. The total distance is 23 miles for the two days, so prior backpacking experience would be a plus for this trip! We can only have a group of 10 people, so registration is limited.

The Shawnee State Forest is a beautiful area. According to Backpack Ohio's website- "Shawnee State Forest, also called the "Little Smokies of Ohio", is Ohio's largest state forest, coming in at nearly 64,000 acres, or 100 square miles for comparison. Located in the heart of the forest, 1095 acres is set aside for Shawnee State Park and its elegant lodge, cabins, campground and two lakes...Shawnee's size, ruggedness and opportunities for solitude are unparalleled in Ohio, making the forest a special place to visit. The seemingly endless trees comprise Ohio's largest contiguous forest, and home for a large number of animal species--including bobcat, black bear and timber rattlesnakes, a great number of bird species and many rare and endangered plants."

For more information about backpacking Shawnee, please see their PDF guide: http://ohiodnr.com/Portals/18/forests/pdf/Shawnee%20Backpack%20Broch_2.pdf

Backpack Ohio also has useful information: http://backpackohio.com/shawnee.html

We will have a planning meeting for the trip on Thursday, September 26th at 7:30pm, so please plan on making that meeting to discuss the details of the trip! The cost should be minimal for gas money and the camp site on Friday night. Please let me know if you have any questions!


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  • George P.

    Thanks Shauna for organizing this trip. It was fun, even though we walk like the ducks now :)

    October 6, 2013

  • ben

    THANKS Shauna! for organizing! That was a great weekend escape! Great smelly people too!

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Mike

    Ugh, sorry to bail at the last minute, but I've foolishly had only today to break in new (and only) boots, and my feet & legs are hurting! So I'd better not try 23 miles with a pack and ruin my feet and y'all's adventure. :P Shauna, thanks for organizing! Have fun y'all!

    October 4, 2013

  • brianna

    I'm driving by myself, and I've never been to portsmouth before.. it says we are staying at campsite 2, or 3 on saturday night; However, where are we meeting friday night?

    October 4, 2013

    • brianna

      or is the state campsite blantently unmissable?

      October 4, 2013

    • Rustin

      Text shauna. She could tell you more about it. I haven't been there. She is (814)[masked]

      October 4, 2013

  • Rustin

    Remember to bring a poncho/raincoat and some extra socks. Definitely rain Sunday and probably Saturday.

    October 4, 2013

  • Rustin

    Anyone else want to car pool?

    October 3, 2013

  • ben

    Anyone going down 104 instead of rt 23 and can meet me and pick me up at the BP at 22 and 104? Its mo fun to ride together

    October 3, 2013

    • George P.

      We can take you. We'll probably leave around 6:30.

      October 3, 2013

    • ben

      perfect! Thank you.!!

      October 3, 2013

  • Tasha

    Hey, I saw this trip in an email and just wanted to give a you a heads up that I saw a really good size copperhead down there a few weeks ago! Safe travels!

    1 · October 1, 2013

    • Shauna S.

      Ah! Thanks for the heads-up! :)

      October 3, 2013

  • ben

    Yesssss...the chance of rain and a copperhead. I'd rather she said grizzly bear, but its ohio, copperhead will do

    October 2, 2013

    • George P.

      At least there is no snow coming :)

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Rustin

    I might catch a blue jackets game Friday and drive down late that night or early in the morning. I'll keep you posted.

    September 26, 2013

  • Shauna S.

    In case you need help figuring out what to pack, check out REI's website: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html

    See you tomorrow

    September 23, 2013

  • Shauna S.

    Hey everyone! What do you all think about a planning meeting on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm at the Panera on W. Lane Ave.?

    September 16, 2013

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