Actually Shawnee is the closest to me. I just didn't realize it was any bigger than the 2 mile chunk you see on the road maps. 63,000 acres, that'll work! I feel like I just found a $20 bill in an old pair of pants.
Checked out backpackohio.com and applied for an account there. There are several reasons I would like to keep local. First, I love Ohio woods, I know them best because I've lived here my whole life. Also, gas prices suck and I have a mess of kids so time is usually a problem, closer = less gas and less road time.
Also, my 7 year old son is really in to backpacking with his pop. I'm looking for easy trails as to provide him with some positive experiences. A quick way to turn a kid off of backpacking is to take them on a death march of a hike :)
All that aside, I'm considering a solo hike this weekend. Shawnee looks like a good place to go. Though, I don't have a map, are the trails well marked? Also, I can't tell from their web site if primitive site campers need a permit.
Stargazer Can you recommend a moderate trail? It's in Ohio, I will assume there is water everywhere.