COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has released a new guidebook that offers readers a detailed look at the fascinating geology that formed the Shawnee region of Scioto and Adams counties in southern Ohio.
“This guidebook highlights a wide range of interesting cultural and geological features of the Shawnee area. It shows how the two are linked in a region representing the largest areas of public land in Ohio,” said Tom Serenko, chief of the ODNR Division of Geological Survey and state geologist.
The latest in a series of geologic guidebooks published by the ODNR Division of Geological Survey, the new Guidebook 23: Geologic Guide to Shawnee State Park and State Forest gives explorers a thorough review of the region known as the “Little Smokies.” The guidebook is designed for use by explorers as they journey through the hills and hollows of the Shawnee region, from the Shawnee State Park Lodge and Conference Center to nearby villages, to sites along the Ohio River. Campers, hikers, day-trippers and professional geologists alike will appreciate the comprehensiveness of the guidebook, which examines the physical landscape, rock types, fossils and cultural legacy of natural resources development.
The soft-cover book is designed for use in the field. The slim, spiral-bound guide is perfect for slipping into a backpack for a hike or for navigating during a driving tour. Complete with full-color, high-resolution photographs and detailed illustrations, the guidebook also features a large, fold-out map highlighting bedrock geology and sites of interest discussed in the book.
Guidebook 23 can be purchased for $15 (excludes tax and shipping) and can be ordered by going to the division’s Geologic Records Center during walk-in hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8–11 a.m. and 1–4 p.m. in Building C at 2045 Morse Road, Columbus 43229 or by calling 614-265-6576. The guidebook will also be available for purchase during the 2018 Ohio State Fair by visiting the ODNR Natural Resources Park gift shop.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.