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Ohio Road Trip – Shawnee State Park.

May 10, 2014

Shawnee State Park

Towards the end of April my brother and I went down to Shawnee State Park, which is near the southern border of Ohio.  Located in the large Shawnee State Forest, not far from the Ohio River and Portsmouth Ohio, we’d never been there so we thought it would be fun to spend a weekend at one of the cabins there.

As you should know by now, these road trips are an excuse for me to take lots of pictures- here’s what things looked like!

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I know this might not look like much if you live in the Rockies, but southern Ohio is what we flatland-dwelling central Ohioans call ‘the hills’.

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You don’t see too many of these anymore!

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Here’s the Shawnee State Park lodge- I’m always fascinated by these lodges, which were built in the early 1970s.

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The view from the lodge deck was quite scenic.  It had been rainy earlier, but the rest of the weekend would be sunny and slightly cool- perfect weather.

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One thing I have to mention about the staff at Shawnee State Park- they were very customer-friendly.  We were quite impressed.

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Another thing we liked were the cabins- all of the amenities we could want, and the beds were very comfortable.  I knew we’d be coming back here in the future- we’re booked for next autumn already, and we’re bringing Mom then too.  She missed this trip because she has an ailing kitty at home.

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My brother’s dog enjoyed the screened-in porch, where he could keep an eye out for any food we would happen to have.  Pro tip- the lodge makes a fine pizza and is not far away at all.

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Saturday was a day to check out the woods and the park- there was lots to see, given that the spring migration was starting to warm up.

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Flowering trees were blooming in all their glory.

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Bluets were common in grassy areas- I enjoy seeing these flowers in southern and eastern Ohio because they are largely absent in central Ohio.

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Cinquefoils were also fairly common.

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The trees in the forest were starting to sprout leaves.

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A Brown Thrasher ran through the tree limbs up above.

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A pair of Yellow-Rumped Warblers could be seen along the path.

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Beautiful Hooded Warblers sang loudly.

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A Worm-Eating warbler sang from a perch.

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 Fishing was popular down by the lake.0514-2 (6)

This mother Bluebird was feeding her nestlings nearby.

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A campfire helped with the chilly night air.

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Morning in the hills.

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The view from our porch.

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There were a lot of ridgelines with paths along the top.  There were many miles of trails through the nearby state forest as well.

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A Wood Thrush sang in the woods.

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This beautiful Prairie Warbler sang from the bushes next to the cabin.

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Time to hit the road home- what a great weekend, we shall be back!

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2014 10:56 pm

    Looks like you had a great trip and saw some nice birds. Enjoyed the photos!

  2. May 11, 2014 5:32 am

    Enjoyed your post. Your pictures do a nice job of conveying a sense of place!i

  3. May 11, 2014 1:32 pm

    What a lovely post! I feel like I have been on the walks with you. Beautiful photos of the birds, and I loved the blossom as well. It is so good to see the trees coming into leaf and to feel the warm sunshine (well, we’re waiting for the warm sunshine, but it is Scotland after all!)

    • May 11, 2014 7:53 pm

      Thanks, Jo! Scotland has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth- it’s on my international travel list!

  4. May 11, 2014 4:06 pm

    Love this place. A great way to spend the weekend. Beautiful spring shots.

    • May 11, 2014 7:55 pm

      Many thanks, Pat- it was a great place, not semi-commercialized like some of southwestern Ohio ‘resorts’, but off the beaten path is good!

  5. May 11, 2014 5:51 pm

    You made it look like a very inviting place to visit.

  6. May 12, 2014 6:41 pm

    It does sound like a nice weekend–classic travel photos, and of course your signature birds!

  7. June 3, 2014 4:03 pm

    Beautiful scenery, state parks are a welcome sight amid the busy-ness these days. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a barn with a Mail Pouch Tobacco ad.

    • February 11, 2016 4:06 pm

      Sorry I missed your comment, Patti- do you know there are at least 2 Mail Pouch Tobacco barns still left in Ohio that I’ve seen recently!

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