YOUR FAQ TRAIL QUESTIONS
Q. What is the Shawshank Trail?
The Trail is 14 filming sites where Hollywood filmed The Shawshank Redemption movie in 1993. There are 10 sites in Mansfield, 2 sites in Ashland and 2 sites in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
Q. Can I drive this tour at my own pace?
Yes, this is a driving tour where you can visit each of the 14 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. 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 1 (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 14 filming sites?
We suggest taking 2 days to thoroughly enjoy all of the 14 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 our Shawshank Travel Package 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 is located?
No. This is private property and is currently being used as farmland. Please respect the owner's property and help us support our local farmers by not trespassing. Instead of stopping on the road to view the oak tree, get the best picture opportunities 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. The oak tree was taken down by high winds on July 22, 2016. At this time you can only see the remains of the tree.
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?
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 location of filming sites, we 'got busy' with our first Trail brochure in 2008. The brochure is now in its 8th 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?
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!