Renovations Underway at Ohio's Hueston Woods, Shawnee State Park Resort Lodges and Cottages

Shawnee Woods State Park
Hueston Woods State Park
COLUMBUS, OH – Renovations at two Ohio State Parks resort lodges and adjoining cottages will enhance the experience of visitors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The cottages have been modernized at Hueston Woods State Park near Oxford, and the lodge improvements will commence this fall. Both lodge and cottage upgrades have been completed at Shawnee State Park, located near Portsmouth.

“This public-private partnership is a win-win for Ohio State Parks’ visitors,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “We hope the improvements combined with the many other recreational options that these parks feature will make Hueston Woods State Park and Shawnee State Park even more appealing to our visitors.”

In addition to a new lodge roof at Shawnee, all 50 lodge rooms feature new carpet, paint, lighting and décor. The 37 cottages at Hueston Woods and 25 cottages at Shawnee have been upgraded with new carpet and flooring, beds, appliances, furniture, lighting and flat-screen televisions.

The renovations have been put into place by U.S. Hotel and Resorts, the private operator of the two lodges and cottages. The firm won the management contract with the state after a competitive bidding process and took control of both of the facilities in February.

Ohio State Parks operates eight resort lodges with 881 rooms, 221 cottages and golf courses at six resorts.

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