Shawnee State Forest, also called “The Little Smokies of Ohio,” has developed into the largest of the 20 state forests, with over 60,000 acres. While the Forest is a fantastic recreation feature in Southern Ohio, you should not be surprised to see other activities occurring. The Forest is a working forest. It is managed to provide a variety of multiple uses on a sustained yield basis. Birders should note that this state forest spans two counties. The eastern and largest portion of the state forest is in Scioto County. The western portion of the forest is in Adams County.
Located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River, 1,095-acre Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest. The Shawnee Lodge in the state park has been the host site for spring meetings of the Ohio Ornithological Society.
There are two birding drive routes through the state forest:
Shawnee State Forest OOS Birding Drive
Shawnee State Forest Panoram Birding Drive
The State Forest has been designated by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area.
Shawnee Important Bird Area
There are a number of eBird hotspots in both the State Forest and the State Park.
Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park–Campground
Shawnee State Park–Lookout Trail
Shawnee State Park–Marina and Golf Course
Shawnee State Park–Roosevelt Lake
Shawnee State Park–Turkey Creek Lake and Lodge
Shawnee State Forest
Shawnee State Forest (Scioto County)
Shawnee State Forest–Big Run Road
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 1, Panoram Loop
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 2
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 4, Panoram Loop
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 6, Panoram Loop
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 13
Shawnee State Forest–Nace Run Road
Shawnee State Forest–Odle Creek Road
Shawnee State Forest–Picnic Point
Shawnee State Forest–Pond Lick Road
Shawnee State Forest–Pond Run Road
Shawnee State Forest–Rocky Fork
Shawnee State Forest–Wolfden Lake