Nearby Activities

Shawnee Nearby Attractions Map

Nearby Activities, Attractions and Points of Interest

Portsmouth Floodwall Murals
More than 2,000 feet of floodwall space is dedicated to the depiction of the Portsmouth area's history. The murals can be viewed along Front Street, which is within walking distance of the historic Boneyfiddle District. More information and tours are available by calling the Portsmouth Convention and Visitors Bureau at 740-353-1116.  Internationally renown artist, Robert Dafford completed the 52 murals in October 2002.  Each mural tells the story of the history of Ohio and its people-beginning in the year 1730 and ending in 2002.

Ben's Happy Trails
Enjoy horseback riding? Ben's is the place to go. Located approximately 15 minutes from the lodge, Ben's offers great horseback riding as their horses are ridden daily and are very gentle.  The guided rides offer you all the beauties of nature as you enter Shawnee State Forest and see the wonders that make Ohio such a scenic state.  You will receive a full explanation of and demonstration upon arrival.  Reservations are recommended by phoning 740-372-2702.

Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center
The museum located in downtown Portsmouth, Ohio, presents a 10-month schedule of changing exhibits. Ranging from fine arts to history and the humanities. The museum's permanent collections also include the Carl Ackerman Collection of Historic Photographs; an enormous photographic history of the area, the Anne Louise Stanton Antique Doll Head Collection, a comprehensive survey of the 19th century Golden Age of Dolls. For more information please call 740-354-5629.

Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama
Beneath a canopy of stars you can see a dramatic presentation of the life of the legendary Shawnee leader, Tecumseh. Performed Monday-Saturday in Summer months. Call toll-free 866-775-0700 for more information and reservations. or visit the Tecumseh! Website.

Serpent Mound State Memorial
An earthen embankment nearly a quarter-mile long is the largest and finest serpent effigy in North America. The mound represents a giant uncoiling snake. Archeologists don't know which of the area's prehistoric cultures built the effigy, or why. The details are a mystery!  Serpent Mound has lunar, solar, planetary, and celestial aligments.  It marks all the solstices and equinoxes by lunar or solar alignments or both.  In 2005, a local research team observed a triple aligment during the Summer Solstice Sunset.  The moonrise was in the opposite direction and Venus set in the same area as the sun, all happening in sucession.  Later that year, the Volunteers of Serpent Mound honored the Winter Solstice by placing over 900 luminary bags along the edge of the effigy, producing a holiday glow.  The grounds are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset, except during severe snow or ice conditions.  Please check their website at

Brush Creek Motorsports
This dirt racing track (a high banked 3/8 mile) has seating capacity for 4000 people with a playground for those kids who aren't devoted race fans- YET! Races are aired on the radio via a low watt station. Bring your head sets and tune in for all the highlights of the race and the drivers. For more information visit the Website

Ports Raceway
This is a 3/8 mile clay high banked track with seating for over 4,000 spectators with additional seating for 300 in the pit area. Regular weekly racing is held on Saturday nights with the following format: Late Models, Modified, Street Stocks, and Bombers. Special racing events include the Renegade STARS Racing Series and All Stars Circuit of Champions. P.R.P. is situated on 100 acres, where the Scioto River empties into the Ohio River, a very picturesque setting in the Ohio River Valley. For more information visit the Website:

Columbia Music Arena
Columbia Music Arena features The Worlds best music and unbeatable drink specials. The unique decor is inspired by all genres of music. It combines hand crafted workmanship with modern style, to create a unique place that looks like no other. The Columbia Music Arena offers a mix of live music from national recording artists to DJs spinning great dance tunes. Our well stocked bar and great bartenders will create any drink you can imagine. The Columbia Music Arena has all the ingredients for a great time. For more information visit the Website

Robert A. Whipple State Nature Preserve
270 acres filled with Dolomite cliffs, slump blocks, sinkholes and good spring wildflowers.  Pull off parkings and a sign are present.  The preserve has a moderate 1 3/4 mile hike among the Ohio River Hills.  In late fall, after the leaves are gone, hikers can see the Ohio River Valley.  Preserve is located at 1194 State Route 247, Manchester, approximately one mile north of Route 52.  For more information please check out their website.

Adams County "Clothesline of Quilts"
Donna Sue Groves had a dream to someday honor her mother with a large painting on their barn of her mother's passion, quilting! That one beautiful dream has now lead to more than the planned 21 quilt squares, throughout Adams County and beyond.  Donna has teamed up with the PACT Organization and after receiving a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, began the counties colorful display of historical quilt squares.  This idea has really caught on and the Adams County Chamber of Commerce made a contribution along with Adams county residents and area businesses.  Please visit their website for more information or to view a map of the trail at

Adams Lake State Preserve
Located in Ohio's Bluegrass region, one of the state's most scenic and biologically interesting areas.  Adams Lake State park has much to offer the nature enthusiast.  Reminant prairies ans a quiet lake can be enjoyed in this small unique park.  Adams Lake was orginally developed to provide the village of West Union, Ohio drinking water.  The state purchased the lake in 1950 and the 95-acre park is now operated by ODNR, Division of Parks & Recreation.  All trails at the park are found on the adjacent prairie preserves.

Appalachian Discovery Birding Trail
Bird watching in Ohio at its finest!  Southern Ohio, Adams County, is home to a rich assortment of habitats from lush forests to thriving meadows and boggy wetlands to open waterways.  It is no surprise that birding in the region can be a rewarding experience with the diverse species of birds to be found.  Visitors to the area have caught glimpses of the Bald Eagle, Osprey and the uncommon Cerulean Warbler.  On occasion you might see a Yellow-crowned Night Heron or Horned Lark.  Created to showcase the natural and historic treasure of Southern Ohio, the Applachian Discovery Trail combines the region's most productive birding hotspots with significant historical sites.  Please check out the website for location specifics and the "Driving Trail of Southern Ohio".

Clark Planetarium
Located inside the Advanced Technology Center on Second Street in Portsmouth, the Clark Planetarium is a large room with 66 seats under a 10-meter, domed profection screen.  The key piece of equipment in the planetarium is the Konica Minolta Mediaglobe I/II digital projection system, first in the United States. The globe can display a realistic view of the night sky as well as displays of full-dome or warped videos, pictures, and animations.  Hours of operation are 9am - 3pm Monday - Saturday.  One hour tours may be reserved by phoning 740-351-3122.

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
As a part of Shawnee State University, on Second Street in Portsmouth, the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts is a great spot to catch a show. From wind symphonies to musicals, there are shows for all art, theater, and music lovers to enjoy. Tickets are available at the box office Monday though Friday from 10:00AM-5:00PM or online. Visit the website to view upcoming shows. 

You can also find out more about activities, events and recreation in Ohio by visiting the official Website for Ohio Department of Development, Division of Travel and Tourism -