Shawnee State Park
May 4th -6th, 2007

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Our very first Motor Home (MH) camping experience...  to Shawnee State Park.

We attended the second annual  “FloraQuest” weekend, organized with the cooperation of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy and many others.

 It was a weekend consisting of seminars on the local flora and fauna of southern Ohio, with seminars, hiking and field trips for viewing and discussing native wild flowers, ferns and birds of the Shawnee State Park.

 

Shawnee State Park is an outstanding natural Ohio resource. Situated within the Appalachian foothills in southern Ohio’s Scioto County. The 60,000 + acre park along the Ohio River is diverse in terrain and wild life. The State Park's lodge facilities are very nice, similar to other Ohio State Parks like Mohican, Oak Openings, etc…

 Participants from all over the state of Ohio, and a few from our boarding states were there. The Richland County Mohican Native Plant Society was well represented with six members attended as organizers, field leaders or as general participants in a weekend of communing with nature.

 Those visiting the park for the weekend could make reservations and stay at the park’s lodge... or camp at the Shawnee State Park Campground. We chose to make this our first MH camping excursion.

 

If there was a down side to Shawnee, it was that the campgrounds was not of the caliber that most of Ohio's State Parks are known for.

The sites had asphalt pads with electric, but the pads were in poor shape and not very leveled. 

The campsites were extremely close and not well suited to larger MH's. The other campground facilities were in fair conditions at best. But the price was right, the fellow campers friendly and helpful, and the surrounding scenery in the park more than compensated for the short coming of the campgrounds.

The truth be known, it would be hard to say we were really camping. The MH was only a place to us to prepared two meals (one supper and one breakfast) pack brown bag lunches for a day's outing then crawl into bed to sleep after a busy day of Flora Quest planned activities within the park and around the park lodge.

 

The whole experience was well worth the trip to the southern tip of Ohio. Even though we did not fully use or enjoy our Winnebago Brave on a true camping weekend.

 

Unfortunately, we were so excited about all the activities, we forgot to take any photos of the campsite. We will return someday to spend a quiet weekend of hiking and relaxing and enjoy a quiet campfire in the evenings.

 

"The Journey is the Reward." 

 Jim & Carol

May 9, 2007