Situated at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Shawnee State Park is a dream for every outdoor adventurist, showcasing the Ohio River, valleys carved out by erosion, and vast amounts of wooded hills. The public recreation area located in Scioto County, Ohio is a must see for your next RV excursion. Outdoor activities are exceptional in this nature paradise. Golfing, fishing, swimming, hiking, and boating are some of the adventures that await you at Shawnee State Park.
The sweeping views of the Ohio River are spectacular. The nearby river air will be sure to delight you as you enjoy fishing and dominating the wooded hills of the area. History enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the Shawnee Indians that at one time roamed the area.
Once you park your RV at Shawnee State Park, you can wander out into one of the hiking trails around the park. The Shawnee Backpack Trail will have you going through wilderness in a 40-mile trek, crossing over parts of the Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail, taking in mountain scenery and beautiful trees. Shawnee State Park is a wonderful RV destination no matter when you visit. Due to the pleasant temperatures, the peak season is April through October.
RV Rentals in Shawnee State Park
Transportation in Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park is easy to access by RV or car, since it is located on State Route 125 and north of Friendship, Ohio. Local roads take you where you need to go in the park, from the Park Office and Lodge to the Golf Course and Marina. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park, so getting around is easy, whether you are in your rig or any other vehicle. Options for parking RVs and trailers are plentiful. You'll be able to find spots at the Park Office, Golf Course, the Nature Center, Lake Roosevelt, Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center, and near the trail heads. Of course, parking at the campground is ideal if you are staying overnight. With over 3,983 acres to explore you can traverse around the park by foot or on a bicycle as well.
Campgrounds and parking in Shawnee State Park
Campsites in Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park Campground
Shawnee State Park features 290 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents year-round, with limited availability in the winter months. The campsites are divided into Shawnee Electric and Shawnee Non-Electric. Some campsites feature full hookups, while others only provide a hookup for electricity. Drinking water stations are located throughout the campground. Amenities at this campground include heated shower houses, laundry facilities, and a dump station. Each site has a paved or gravel pad, a picnic table, and fire rings. You will be close to a playground, miniature golf course, tennis court, volleyball court, and a basketball court. Located minutes down U.S. 52 and west of Friendship is the Shawnee State Park Marina where you will be able to explore the Ohio River either in your own boat or a rented one. RV and trailer length accommodations stop at 45 feet. There is a minimum stay of two nights on the regular weekend and three nights on holiday weekends. Weekdays do not have a minimum stay. Reservations can be made from three days to 11 months in advance.
Camper Cabins and Yurts
For those that prefer a cozy cabin to stay in, Shawnee State Park offers two camper cabins that sleep up to five on two sets of bunk beds and an additional adult full bed. Amenities include a campfire ring, charcoal grill, covered porch, porch light, porch swing, and a picnic table. Camper Cabins have electric service, lights, heat, tables with chairs, and mini-refrigerators, and the beds have frames and mattresses. You will need to bring your own bed linens and cooking utensils. Water fountains and a laundry facility are open during the peak season. For those that are camping in the winter months, the shower house is open nearby at the campground area. Smoking is not permitted in the cabin units and neither are those furry little friends that are part of your family. Reservations for the camper cabins at Shawnee State Park may be made online. You could also choose to stay in a Yurt from April to December. The two yurts are ADA-accessible and feature kitchen appliances, a picnic table, a fire ring, heat, and bunk beds.
Shawnee State Park Campground
Shawnee State Park offers a limited number of camp sites from November through March as walk-in only. Reservations are not accepted, however, you are able to use the online reservation website to see which campsites available and where they are located. Amenities during this time are greatly reduced and offer a shower house, picnic table, fire ring, and paved or gravel sites. The dump station and electricity hookup are not available. Snow fall could limit the availability of campsites so call the park office ahead of time to ensure that sites are indeed an option so that you are able to enjoy your RV road trip. Should you arrive after hours, simply stop by the Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center to check in and get the information that you need.
Seasonal activities in Shawnee State Park
Don't forget to pack those golf clubs in your RV when you visit Shawnee State National Park. Located near the marina on the Ohio River, this 18-hole championship course and pro-shop await you. Do not let the walkable course deceive you though, there are water hazards throughout the par 72 layout. The ponds located on the tee shot make hole 17 a tricky one. Breathtaking views of the Ohio River down below await you at the fifth hole as you come around the bend.
Shawnee State Park features 68 acres of boating paradise, with electric motors only, at the Roosevelt and Turkey Creek lakes. To access the gorgeous lakes there are launch ramps available. For those RV visitors that do not have a boat, you may rent canoes, kayaks, rowboats, pedal boats, and stand-up paddle boards at the camp store. For the adventurous that want to head out into the Ohio River, the marina located just down U.S. Route 52 offers you that access.
Pack those hiking boots since there are at least 10 different hiking trails to explore at Shawnee State Park that vary in difficulty. For an easy trail, try the Park Loop Trail. At only a half-mile in length, you are able to take in beautiful trees and the breathtaking landscape. If it is an adventure you desire, try the Shawnee Backpack Trail, which is over 40 miles long. Don't forget to pick up your mandatory self-registration permit at the trail head parking area.
Visiting the Nature Center
If you want to learn about the local wildlife, trails, local attractions and so much more, park your rig at the cozy Shawnee Nature Center and historic cabin near the Turkey Creek Boat Ramp. On certain days a naturalist is there to answer any questions you may have about the wildlife, scenic areas, or history of the park. While visiting you will also learn about how the Nature Center is the only state government nature center where the public is able to touch or hold wildlife.
Shawnee State Park has public beaches at Roosevelt Lake and Turkey Creek Lake for your enjoyment during your RV road trip. There is no lifeguard present so swimming is at your own risk. Please exercise caution while you are swimming. There are also only designated areas to swim in, so watch for signs and always obey any warnings so that your experience is a memorable one. Unfortunately, your furry little friends are not allowed here so keep your animals in your rig or other type of shelter.
Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and trout are a fisherman's paradise, and can be found at Shawnee State Park in the two well-stocked lakes found in the park. Don't worry if you're an not Ohio resident since you can purchase either a One-day Fishing License or a Three-Day Nonresident Tourist's Fishing License. You can simply print these out on plain white paper and trim them down. Shawnee State Park fishing becomes ice-fishing in the winter under the right conditions.