This past weekend my husband turned 30! His number one request for his birthday weekend was to go camping. Originally we planned on going to Hocking Hills…but it was booked solid. (Check out my Hocking Hills post here!) So we decided to try someplace new since we’ve been to Hocking before. We haven’t ventured south much, so that’s what we did! Nathan found Shawnee SP and booked us a site. We packed up Saturday morning and headed out. (One thing I need to do is have a list of needed camping things to pack…I felt a little disorganized getting things together at the last minute. I’ll work on that this winter after we “winterize” Journey.) We didn’t know anything about this SP, and since we arrived an hour to early to check into our site, we drove around the SP a bit to check out the area. First we drove to the lodge/cottage area of the park. If we didn’t have Journey, I’d love to stay in a cottage or even in the lodge! It looks lovely!
After driving around that area, we stopped at Turkey Creek Lake to walk around. The trees were so beautiful. I’ve never seen so many leaves on the ground and on the trees at the same time! Our kids loved collecting leaves and acorns.
Journey looks good in the fall 😉
We walked around, threw acorns and sticks in the lake, and collected leaves for about an hour, then headed to our campsite.
We were very pleased with our site. We personally prefer sites that back up to scenery/forest and not to other campsites. So this site was perfect. Most sites are very sloped or like ours are close to the edge of a “cliff” with the river at the bottom. So if you have really little ones, or difficulty with walking up hills, I’d suggest calling the park directly to reserve a site that works best for you. Also, if you have a large RV I’d call the park to reserve your site. As you can see, our parking space was rather narrow and would be difficult with a large size vehicle/RV.
While Nathan & I set up our little home away from home, the kids had a snack and had some book time on our bed. After we were settled, we walked around the campsite.
We really liked this state park. The staff was super friendly and very accommodating. While we were there, the activity scheduled for that day was a fall hike. So because of that they also had free cornbread, hot chocolate, beans, and a hayride! The park also has an outdoor movie screen/stage, putt-putt golf, swings, and a playground. There’s room for kids to ride bikes too. Also, from what I saw, the bathrooms and showers are clean. Always a bonus. We enjoyed staying here and would love to come back. Thank you to the park staff for making our stay so enjoyable!
The next day we decided to take a hike to really take in all the fall scenery.
Lookout Trail is only 1.5 mi round trip. We really liked it and the trail is well marked…which was very helpful since the trail was completely covered in leaves! It took us almost 2 hrs to do this trail…but we made a lot of stops to collect acorns, leaves, and look at bugs 😉 Also, if you’ve never taken a fall hike while sipping a pumpkin spice latte…put that on your to-do list! And yes, we did drive into Portsmouth Kroger to get coffee pre-hike 😀 Priorities!
We even got in a family picture during our hike thanks to a well placed stump 🙂 Bonus!
We had a lot of fun on our camping trip celebrating the man in our lives…and the lovely fall season! This was my first time camping in the fall (except for So Cal and the Southwest…I’ve camped in the fall in those places before…totally different!) but I would do it again! It wasn’t as cold and miserable as I imagined it would be…but then again, I “glamp”…tent camping would be miserable in my opinion 🙂 Major props to you if you tent camp in the cold!
How have you celebrated the fall season? Do you camp in the fall? I highly recommend it!
Next week my plan is to tell you about the Circleville Pumpkin Show!