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Shawnee State Forest

Near: PortsmouthOH (Weather)
Number of
12 Total
75 Difficulty: Rigorous Trail
Trail Description Fairly rigorous riding on mostly single track through mixed hardwood and pine forest. The Silver Arrow trail, which follows several ridge tops, offers beautiful vistas of an area sometimes referred to as "The Little Smokies of Ohio" because the view of the rolling hills reminds one of The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. The trails can be challenging in places with some fairly steep places. Your horses should be in good condition for this ride. Most of the riding however, I would rate "More Difficult."
Best Time to Visit Especially nice in the fall when the leaves are turning
Times to Avoid Can be muddy in the spring. Also hunting is allowed. Check for seasons.
Campground Primitive campground with camp sites marked on a paved Forest Service road. Horses are picketed accross the road from the camp site but are no further than 50 feet or so from you rigs.
Human Facilities: Horse Facilities: Operated by: Contact: Additional Information
Primitive, Toilet Tie-up, Stream Ohio Div of Forestry
Shawnee State Forest
13291 US 52
West Portsmouth, OH 45663-8906
Directions Take US 52 south west out of Portsmouth to State Route 125. Follow 125 about 7 miles and take the first right past Turkey Creek Lake (Watch for signs). This will be State Forest Road 3. Go about 4 miles and turn right on SF 4 (there will be a sign). The campground is about one mile on your right.
This information was provided by Walt on 10/23/2003 10:01:20 PM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)

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