Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail

Tour curated by: Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D.

Explore points of interest along Ohio’s Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail. In 2007, the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail became part of Ohio’s Scenic By-Ways program. Explore some of the trail’s many points of interest as you drive through the Appalachian foothills of western Scioto County.

Start your tour at the Scioto County Welcome Center in Portsmouth, which has an illustrated mural-sized map of the Ohio River Scenic Byway on its Second Street facade. Cross the Scioto River via US-52 and take a day hike up to historic Raven Rock or a stroll along the Allan W. Eckert Trail, which winds its way along the banks of the Ohio River in the Earl Thomas Conley Riverside Park.

In Friendship, hug one of Ohio’s largest Yellow Buckeye trees and then take in a bird’s eye view of the Ohio River and the City of Portsmouth from atop Picnic Point in the Shawnee Forest. Learn about the history of Shawnee State Forest and Park and how the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Federal Depression-era jobs program, built the lakes and much of the other infrastructure of today’s park and forest.

For more information on the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail and how you can help with their work in preserving the region's history visit www.scenicsciotoheritagetrail.com.

Locations for Tour

With its dramatic overlook, Raven Rock has long been an attraction for area residents and visitors. It's history is legendary, with some stories placing, at various moments in time, Daniel Boone and Tecumseh at its edge, 500 feet above the Ohio…

One need not refer to well-known bestseller lists to appreciate that more Americans are familiar with Allan Eckert’s telling of frontier history than with the writings of any dead or living, academic historian. Every generation has its own popular…

Today, the largest Yellow Buckeye in the State of Ohio stands near the Mouth of Turkey Creek, next to the United Methodist Church in Friendship, Ohio. How old the tree is is hard to determine, but it could date to pioneer times. Captain Larkin…

In the mid-1930s, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees from nearby Camp Scioto built McBride Lake in the headwaters of Pond Run, a small tributary of the Ohio River. One of six lakes originally built with CCC labor, McBride is one of the…

Coming Soon! The story of the Buena Vista Freestone Company and John M. Mueller, its sole proprietor. Learn about Mueller's operation, which included quarries up nearby Vastine Hollow, a saw mill and stone office building on the banks of the…

In the 1930s, seven different camps of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees operated within the bounds of the Shawnee State Forest. This cabin was originally located at CCC Camp Shawnee No. 1 on Pond Lick. In 2007, Shawnee State Park…

Camp Bear Creek was one of the seven Civilian Conservation Corps camps located in the Shawnee State Forest, beginning in 1933. The camp, with its barracks, officers quarters, and out buildings is now the grounds of the popular Horse Camp, where horse…

Bear Lake is situated deep in the heart of Shawnee State Forest and only adds to the scenic beauty of what is now known as the Horse Camp. Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees from Camp Bear Creek built the reservoir in 1934 and ever since it has…

In 1934, a segregated, all-black Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) unit of enrollees, known as Company 1545, dammed the waters of Mackletree Run and Turkey Creek, creating Roosevelt Lake, the centerpiece of a new state park in southern Ohio’s…

"HOW!" rang the greeting. "It is indeed a pleasure for me, as a representative of the people who once inhabited this very spot, to come before you, our White Brothers, who are now sitting about our Council Fire. The Council Fire of…

The headquarters for Roosevelt Game Preserve, established in 1922, ought to be considered the first "nature center" in what is now Shawnee State Forest. Located up Harbor Fork of Turkey Creek in what is commonly known as Hobey Hollow, the…