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Hit the TrailHobey Hollow Trail is just one
of many hiking and bridle trails located throughout Shawnee State Forest.
The Hobey Hollow
Trail starts just off Shawnee State Forest Road 1 and travels to the Copperhead Fire Tower located just off Shawnee State
Forest Road 6.
|Copperhead Fire Tower
The Copperhead Fire Tower was the first fire lookout tower built in Ohio erected in 1924.
The lookout tower was once manned by park rangers who watched over the vast landscape of the forest observing
campfires and lightning strikes and looking for outbreaks of wild fires so that crews could be dispatched to contain the blazes
to help minimize the damage done to the forest.
|View from top of Copperhead Fire Tower
Fire lookout towers are no longer used to detect wildfires in Ohio so most of them have
been taken down over the years.
The fire tower can also be accessed by auto using
Shawnee State Forest Road 6.
There is a parking area provided just past the fire tower.
The tower, which is one of only 20 still standing of the orginial 40 that were built, was renovated and
restored in 2011 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Visitors who are able to do so are encouraged to
climb the 60ft fire tower and enjoy the breathtaking view.