Forest Road 6

March 31, 2021  •  2 Comments

Forest Road 6 in Shawnee State Forest is one of the best drives you can find in southern Ohio.  I have marked some of my favorite locations below with mile markers from the northern end of the forest.

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The first stop, and my favorite, is at 1 mile.  Snake Hollow is marked as a bridle trail, but if you walk toward the creek, you will find an amazing Hemlock Grove. Snake Hollow SpringSnake Hollow SpringSnake Hollow Spring

As you drive from Snake Hollow, keep an eye out for small streams along the way.  After a heavy rain, they result in some beautiful small waterfalls.

Forest Rd 6 streamForest Rd 6 stream

At the end of the road, turn left and you will pass Bear Lake at 3.3 miles.  One of my favorite places to go in the forest to view the night sky.

Bear LakeBear Lake

At the top of the hill, leave the paved road and turn right toward the fire tower.  Even without the fire tower, this drive is beautiful.

At 5.5 miles, the fire tower will loom on the right.  The Copperhead Fire Tower is the first fire tower built by the state of Ohio dating back to 1924.  

Copperhead Firetower in fallCopperhead Firetower in fall You will be hard pressed to find better views of the sunrise and sunset in the county.  It is also an amazing place to view the changing seasons.

sunset over Shawnee State Forestsunset over Shawnee State ForestSunset 5Y5A72635Y5A7263

You don't have to climb the fire tower at night (not recommended) to enjoy the night skies.  The parking lot just beyond the fire tower offers some amazing views.  This picture was taken in late spring with the north star in the center of the frame.  It is also a great place to enjoy the lightning bugs and the sound of the whippoorwill in summer.

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About half a mile from the fire tower you will come up on a sharp bend in the road.  This is a great spot to stop and take a small walk along the back pack trail.  To the right of the road is a great walk that really showcases the trees of Shawnee State.  On the left side of the road it leads up to a small pond and more of the trail. (mile 6.2)

At 7.4 miles in the Silver Arrow bridle trail.  You can make a shuttle hike out of this as it meets up with the day trail from the park at about two miles.    

The drive from here can be very distracting.  The trees put on quite a show for the 3 miles from the fire tower until it connects with the paved FR 3.

Forest road in fogForest road in fogForest road in fog After 3 miles on FR 3, FR 6 turns to the right.  Stop at the bridge in summer and you should see a pretty good display of dragonflies.  At mile 9.4, the road cuts to the left and starts climbing.  The road does wind quite a bit and that make for a very interesting drive.

Mile 12.6 gives you a nice pullout and another good view of the forest.  

5Y5A15595Y5A1559 It is a short 1.5 miles to the end of the road where it connects with 125.


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ArthurGPhotography(non-registered)
awesome shots, might try doing some astro at Bear Lake if I can find it. Google maps doesn't seem to know where it is.
Jeanie Begley(non-registered)
All lovely and inviting. Thank you.
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