FAQ

FAQ

Q.  What is the Shawshank Trail?

The Trail is 15 filming sites where Hollywood filmed The Shawshank Redemption movie in 1993.  There are 10 sites in Mansfield, 2 sites in Ashland, 2 sites in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and 1 site at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. 

Q. Can I drive this tour at my own pace?

Yes, this is a driving tour where you can visit each of the 15 sites at your own leisurely pace.  You can start and finish wherever you'd like.  If you want to start at the Ohio State Reformatory and follow the Trail so there is no backtracking along the route, we've included directions to each site in the brochure.  Keep in mind that this isn't a walking tour.  And you would need to fly to St. Croix to see the final scene.  Check out all of the filming sites and don't miss out on the fun!

Q.  Is the Shawshank Trail always open?

Yes!  One of the main sites along the Trail is the Ohio State Reformatory which is open for tours April 1-September 3 (11am-4pm, everyday) and limited dates during the winter months. You can always see the outside of the Reformatory through the chain link fence at anytime.  The other filming sites can also be seen from the outside if they are not open (Bissman Building, Renaissance Theatre, Wyandot County Courthouse and Shawshank Woodshop).

Q.  How long does it take to see the 15 filming sites?

We suggest taking 2 days (or more if you include St. Croix) to thoroughly enjoy all of the 15 filming sites on The Shawshank Trail. This gives you time to drive to each location, tour, take pictures to post on social media, shop for souvenirs, dine, chat with other Shawshank fans and relive your favorite movie!

Q. What about overnight accommodations?

In need of a place to rest before you start your adventure?  Check out lodging in the Mansfield area for rates and accommodations!

Q. Where can I get a Shawshank meal, snack, or souvenir?

Every filming site has options for food and fun!  If you're in Downtown Mansfield, you can refuel with a Redemption Pizza Pie and a Private Stock Prison Break Soda.  Get your very own bottle of Reformatory Red Wine from Cypress Hill Winery and find the rest of your Shawshank fix here.  

Q. Can I go inside all the locations?

For the most part, the filming sites welcome Shawshank travelers to tour or visit their facility!  Some of these sites include The Ohio State Reformatory, Carrousel Antiques, the Bissman Building, and more!  Please keep in mind that some sites, such as The Shawshank Woodshop do require notice prior to your arrival, so we can make sure you have a great visit!

Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm, where the opening scene of the movie was filmed, can only be viewed from the outside, but we love seeing your pictures

Q. Can I go on the land where the oak tree was located?

No. This is private property and is currently being used as farmland. Instead of stopping on the road to view where the tree once stood, get the best picture from Malabar Farm's property across the street where you can safely park your vehicle. Check with Malabar's staff in the Visitors Center if you have questions. 

Since the fall of the tree due to high winds on July 29, 2011 and July 22, 2016, the remains of the tree have been removed from the property.  As of now, the location will continue to be a filming site on the Trail.

Q. May I take pictures?

Yes!  Pictures are encouraged.  If you would like for us to use your photo on this web site, please submit your photo.  And use #ShawshankTrail!

Q. Where was The Shawshank Redemption filmed?

It was filmed in Mansfield, Ashland, Upper Sandusky and Butler, Ohio in 1993.  The final scene was filmed at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  

Q.  When was the filming site in St. Croix added to the Shawshank Trail?

In March 2017, the final scene was added as the 15th filming site to the Shawshank Trail.  We wanted to extend the movie's legacy and impact beyond our borders for visitors.  The Shawshank Redemption has such a devoted following and we are excited to help travelers experience yet another stop on the Trail.  Thank you to Shawshank Woodshop owner, Bill Mullen, for reaching out to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge to make this happen!

Q.  Is the Shawshank Trail appropriate for children and families?

Yes! Everyone loves Shawshank and what better way to share the love than to take a family vacation to see the filming sites!  The Ohio State Reformatory does not recommend children under the age of 7 or pregnant women as there is lead based paint in the building.

Q.  How did the Shawshank Trail come about?

The Shawshank Trail was created by Destination Mansfield (formerly Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau) for you, The Shawshank Redemption fan!  As the popularity of the movie grew and visitors from all around the world began asking the locations of filming sites, we 'got busy' with our first Trail brochure in 2008. The brochure is now in its 9th edition.

Q.  I want to tell everyone about my experience on The Shawshank Trail!

Great!  You can tell the world by posting a comment here.

Q. How do I get a brochure?

It's easy, just fill out this form for us to send you your own or download your brochure here!

Q. What's there to do along the Trail?

The Shawshank Trail is packed with things to do both on and around it. Visit DestinationMansfield.com for attractions, dining, shopping, recreation, Wine and Ale Trail, B & O Bike Trail, lodging and more!

  • Wine and Ale Trail
  • Ohio State Reformatory
  • Mansion on Rails
  • Pumpkin Seed Bulk Food