Captina Creek Birding Trail brochure
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From Raven Rocks, continue southwest on Wayne Township Road 804 (Crum Road) for approximately 1 mile. Turn left to continue north onto Wayne Township Road 41 (New Castle – Beallsville Road) for approximately 2.5 miles. Wayne Township Road 41 will turn into OH-26 in New Castle. Continue north on OH-26 for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right onto School Land Road and continue east for a quarter mile. Park along this gravel road near the old barn. Continue on foot across the field to Captina Creek. The stop is located at the picnic area next to Captina Creek.
Biological studies of Captina Creek and its tributaries, located in Belmont and Monroe counties, have revealed it as one of the best quality streams in Ohio. The mainstem of Captina Creek has scored the highest average fish diversity scores in the state, with fifty-six fish species sampled by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, average macroinvertebrate diversity scores place Captina Creek among the ten highest scoring watersheds in the state. Adding to its unique diversity, Captina Creek is home to the state endangered Eastern Hellbender salamander and it is one of only a few watersheds in Ohio where successful reproduction in the past decade has been documented. The watershed also supports a healthy smallmouth bass fishery and an abundance of other wildlife in its forested habitat. The Captina Creek Birding Trail is intended to promote the Creek as an exceptional natural resource in the state and help promote conservation awareness, recreation, and tourism in Belmont County.
From Captina Creek Birding Trail brochure
No restroom facilities.