Shawnee State Park Nature Center

The Shawnee State Park Nature Center on State Route 125 in Scioto County was originally built (circa 1969) for a privately owned cabin rental complex, known as the High Meadow, which was briefly located on the current site of the Shawnee Park Lodge.

The High Meadow A-Frames cost $75 a week to rent, and included a canoe, which was tied up on the shore of the new Turkey Creek Lake. After the State of Ohio purchased the location, the cabin was relocated next to Turkey Creek Lake Spillway and converted into a Nature Center.

Today the Nature Center is a popular attraction with area residents and visitors from through the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Here, park visitors can learn about native and invasive plant and animal species, which are found within the park and larger Shawnee State Forest. The Center and the Park Naturalist, along with numerous volunteers, carry on the tradition of free educational nature programing, which dates back to the Park's origins in the Roosevelt Game Preserve, which kept a "zoo" of forest animals in the 1920s and 30s.

Visit the Shawnee State Park Nature Center on Turkey Creek and check out the nearby CCC Cabin, which houses a gallery of historic photos documenting the history of the park and the surrounding Shawnee State Forest.

Cite this Page:

Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., “Shawnee State Park Nature Center,” Scioto Historical, accessed April 30, 2017, http://sciotohistorical.org/items/show/53.

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