Shawnee Lookout–Little Turtle Trail
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About Little Turtle Trail
2 miles – moderate
Breathtaking overlooks of the Ohio River characterize this trail. The likelihood of catching sight of a Bald Eagle late winter to early spring is high as they’re scouting out nesting sites. The contrast of the white head and tail feathers against the dark body and its massive size are unmistakable. Listen for Downy Woodpeckers, or the much larger (at least as large as a crow) Pileated Woodpecker “knocking” on trees to pry insects from them. You might even hear their laughter as they speed by. Visible from the trail is a prehistoric burial mound from the Woodland period, dating between approximately 1000 BC and 1000 AD. Of the over 10,000 earthworks in Ohio, nearly 40 of them are found in this park. Flint artifacts, such as knives, drills and spear points, as well as stone pestles, hammers and tablets, were left behind to tell the story of over 14,000 years of history of this space.
The AllTrails website has a description with a map of a hike on the Little Turtle Trail.
About Shawnee Lookout
Shawnee Lookout is well known for its historical Springhouse School and Log Cabin, Indian archaeological earthworks and nature trails, including the 1.3-mile Blue Jacket, 2.0-mile Little Turtle, and the 1.4-mile Miami Fort trail that offers a spectacular view of the Great Miami River. The park also offers boat access to the Great Miami River, picnic areas, and playground.
Ulmansiek Wildlife Sanctuary is a 263-acre of seasonally flooded riparian habitat located along the Great Miami River and noted for the wide variety of migratory waterfowl that use it as a resting area. An additional 914 acres are wetlands located adjacent to the park and are protected through conservation easements. The area provides valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife.
From Shawnee Lookout webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Shawnee Lookout map.