Shawnee State Forest

Dave Basham, Tom Meeker, & myself went out scouting for a place to have our Pay It Forward gathering in 05

We visited different parks & forest in Kentucky & Ohio, and the best looking facility & country we saw was

at Shawnee State Forest outside of Portsmouth Ohio.

Here are some of the pictures.


Shawnee State Park is located in Scioto county Ohio in south central Ohio. The park is 1100 acres situated in the 63,000 acre tract know as Shawnee Forest. SSP is located about 15 minuets west of Portsmouth Ohio. Portsmouth is situated on the Ohio River, and is a town of about 22,000 people, and offers some great dining and shopping, with points of interest such as the renowned flood wall murals depicting the cities history. This part of Ohio has some of the best motorcycle riding roads in the state! Just across the river is Kentucky and more great roads that lead to a couple of nice states parks such as Carter Caves State Park, and Greenbo State Park. The loop starting at SSP and going to Carter Caves, Greenbo and returning to SSP is a great day ride of about 140 miles of twisties and scenic views of the Ohio River Valley.
SSP offers a fantastic lodge, camp ground, and cabins at a reasonable price (considering what you get for your dollar). Also there are a couple of big lakes with great fishing (stocked with trout and bass), horse back riding, and hiking.

Scioto County Ohio, where southern hospitality begins! Ya gotta love it!

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