Hocking Hills is considered by many to be the ultimate hiking and camping destination in Ohio. The falls, caves, and overlooks are exceptionally stunning. We have hiked in the region for years and greatly enjoyed the campground during our annual family camp out. It has long been a goal to visit the park during the splendor of the fall. The campground is very popular and was full well in advance of the weekend, but consistent checking for cancellations eventually landed us a prime spot. In fact it was the exact spot we had in the spring!
We originally picked Shawnee State Park because we remembered loving the Shawnee Forest Day Hike Trail. Unfortunately, we caught a case of the morning lazies and didn’t get started until late morning. And then we had to run to the gas station for a few quick supplies. And then it was nearly lunch so we might as well swing back by the camper for chicken salad. And then we switched on the TV to catch a great episode of Wild Ohio on PBS. And then it was after 1:00pm – kind of late to start a seven mile hike when it starts getting dark before 7:00pm. I’m sure we could have done it, but we opted instead to hike out the Knighton Nature Trail. Continue reading “Park Loop Trail – Shawnee State Park”
One of our first camping trips when we were just getting back into camping was at Shawnee State Park. It will forever be memorable for Ted insisting there was a wild boar outside the tent (pretty sure it was a dog) and camping next to a “crazy birder” who tramped through the woods looking for wrens (we now would be right with her).
With all of our camping throughout the year in state and national lands, it is not unusual for me to check for a reservation on recreation.gov and panic until I realize it is actually on reserveamerica.com. Or vise versa. This happened on our way into Maine. So when I attempted to retrieve this weekend’s site number at a new location and got “No Current Reservations” I didn’t immediately panic. When I checked the other site, I began to worry. I combed my email, my credit card – nothing. We were hoping to camp in two days during a gorgeous October weekend and I didn’t have camping reservations! Panic started to set in. Continue reading “Shawnee State Park”