Shawnee State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Shawnee State Park

is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio. It is surrounded by Shawnee State Forest and received its name as it was once a hunting ground for the Shawnee Indians. Covering an area measuring 1,095 acres, the region is one of the most picturesque in the state and features erosion-carved valleys and wooded hills. It is home to an abundance of fauna too, with species including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, raccoon, various songbirds, bobcat, and black bear being sighted in the past. Visitors can also enjoy forest for as far as the eye can see, as well as stunning wildflowers such as several rare types of orchids.

The region enjoys a fairly moderate climate, with the maximum daily summer temperature reaching 87°F. Winter, on the other hand, can fall to as low as 40°F during the day. As a result, there are plenty of fun recreational activities to be enjoyed year-round, including golf, fishing, swimming, hiking, and boating. If you’re planning a trip to Shawnee State Park in the near future, you’ll certainly want to keep reading to find out more about this place!

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Weather
Spring 32°F - 77°F
Summer 57°F - 87°F
Fall 33°F - 81°F
Winter 20°F - 47°F
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Nearby Cities
Portsmouth, OH
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Shawnee State Park

If you’re thinking about staying in or near Shawnee State Park, why not do so in an RV? Unlike tents, RVs provide you with a soft, comfortable bed, as well as your own private bathroom and fully-stocked kitchen. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget or needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

The family campground at Shawnee has 107 sites suitable for tents or trailers. The campground features electric hookups, waste disposal, heated shower houses, flush toilets and laundry facilities. Spaces can fill up quickly, however, so we’ve also listed three additional campgrounds and RV parks within vicinity of the state park.

Lazy Village Campground & RV Park

Just over a 10-minute drive from the state park is the Lazy Village Campground & RV Park. It’s a fun, family-oriented, and activity-filled campground located near the hills of Shawnee Forest, in proximity to golfing, boating, and hiking. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, laundry, propane filling station, general store, showers, pool, basketball court, playground, creek fishing.

Sandy Springs Campground

Sandy Springs Campground is in an idyllic, riverside setting near the Ohio / Kentucky border. It regularly receives 5-star reviews due to its cleanliness, scenic location, and friendly hosts. Plus, it’s just a short drive from the Shawnee State Park!

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: N/A
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, pet area, playground, fishing.

Shady Pines Campground

A little over a half-hour drive away from the state park is Shady Pines Campground, which offers both primitive camping and spaces with water and electric hookups. They also have a range of amenities and recreational activities for the family to enjoy, including a swimming pool. Daily rates start at $20.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: N/A
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, swimming pool, camp store.

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What to Do at
Shawnee State Park

Inside Shawnee State Park

Shawnee State Park might be popular due to its camping opportunities, but with miles of hiking and biking trails, a golf course, two public beaches, well-stocked lakes, and more, it also offers a wide range of recreational activities that the whole family will enjoy!

Hiking: The Shawnee forest offers over 75 miles of trails for hiking, as well as horse riding. There is also the Shawnee backpack trail (operated by the Division of Forestry), which takes hikers to some of the best wilderness areas in Ohio. 

Golf: Not many state parks can boast an 18-hole championship golf course, but Shawnee can. Although the golf course isn’t in the main park, it is just a short drive away in a separate location of the state park.

Swimming: Roosevelt and Turkey Creek lakes house two public beaches that are perfect for swimming. These are especially popular during the summer months when visitors are craving a cool dip.

Boating: The two lakes also offer boating opportunities, thanks to the provided launch ramps. Canoes are available for rental for a small fee. The park also has a marina facility, allowing boaters to access the Ohio River.

Fishing: If you love to sink a line, then you’ll also be pleased to hear that the Roosevelt and Turkey Creek lakes are well-stocked with species such as largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and trout.

Outside Shawnee State Park

If you’re amazed by the activities on offer within the park, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you in the surrounding area, including stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and amazing shopping experiences. Shawnee State Park is less than a 20-minute drive from the city of Portsmouth, as well as smaller towns such as Friendship, so you’re never too far from the action!

Restaurants

Scioto Ribber

Scioto Ribber is one of the most popular restaurants within the area, and for plenty of good reasons too! Many say it serves the best steak and hickory-smoked ribs they’ve ever eaten, plus you can find a wide range of beverages on offer at the bar. There’s also sandwiches, chicken dinners, and seafood to choose from.

Type: Barbeque restaurant

Location: Portsmouth, OH

Toro Loco Mexican Restaurant

Craving some Mexican food during your state park stay? Look no further than Toro Loco Mexican Restaurant, which is less than 20 minutes away by car. Here, you’ll find fajitas, handmade tamales, and other traditional classics, plus a full bar with TVs and video poker.

Type: Mexican

Location: Portsmouth, OH

Bob Evans

Did you know this great American chain was started on a farm right here in Ohio? Bob Evans is known for its family-style meals and country vibe. Whether you’re stopping-by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’ll still find those classic American dishes you love. Plus, baked goods, snacks, and small gift items are usually on offer too.

Type: American chain restaurant

Location: Portsmouth, OH

Shopping

Portsmouth’s Historic Boneyfiddle District

If you’ve forgotten some much-needed camping supplies, or simply want to fill your afternoon with retail therapy, then we recommend visitingPortsmouth’s Historic Boneyfiddle District. This historic district bears strong resemblance of the town it was in the 1860s and is home to many antique and specialty shops.

Sightseeing

Dogwood Pass

Dogwood Pass is a replica of an old west mining town set in the foothills of southern Ohio. Each weekend, the town puts on multiple shows for visitors, re-enacting the Wild West. Admission ranges from $5 - $12.

Location: Beaver, OH

Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center

Just a 20-minute drive away, you’ll find the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center. It houses the largest single collection of works by native son and well-known American Scene painter Clarence Holbrook Carter, as well as 10,000 prehistoric Native American objects from the Charles and William Wertz Collection. Entry is in the form of a small voluntary donation.

Location: Portsmouth, OH

Riverfront Park

The Riverfront Park is a great destination to visit if you fancy a change in scenery; just pack a picnic lunch, bring your camera, and you’re in for a great afternoon! You’ll also spot the impressive US Grant Bridge (which allows people to travel over the Ohio River into Kentucky), as well as the Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (an outdoor mural depicting local history).

Location: Portsmouth, OH

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How to Get to
Shawnee State Park

Shawnee State Park is just 13.3 miles west of the city of Portsmouth. Head west on 2nd St towards Washington St, then continue straight onto OH-104 N/OH-73 W/2nd St. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US 52 W/Cincinnati and merge onto US-52 W. Turn right onto OH-125 W, then turn left onto State Forest Service Rd 16. Turn right and the state park will be on your left.

Entering Shawnee State Park

Like all Ohio state parks, there are no park entrance fees to enter Shawnee State Park.

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Shawnee State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!