Focus on Birding near a State Line

Please remember that multi-state checklists are not possible in eBird. The birds you report are assigned to the state in which the hotspot is located.

Ohio is bordered by Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana. There are a number of Ohio eBird hotspots located near a state line. It is helpful to know where the state line is located so that the birds will be assigned to the proper state.

Birding along County, State, and Country borders

In eBird, every complete checklist should be thought of as an attempt to record everything that you can detect from where you are standing or walking. If you are standing along the banks of a river you should certainly scan the river and both of its banks. If you are along a ridgetop, you should be counting birds that you can see in all directions. However, at times there may be a geopolitical border that bisects your walking path or your field of view. Birds never have cared much about geopolitics and in many cases they freely cross borders. What is the best way to do your eBirding in cases like this?

When it comes to the position of the birder and the position of the bird, listing rules can be inconsistent. For example, the preference in Ohio is to only count birds that have demonstrably occurred within the state or county boundaries. However, most yard lists count whatever bird can be seen from your yard. eBird best practices strive to bring more consistency to lists.

Example of a location on a state line.
How to report checklists near a state or county line in Ohio

Ohio eBird reviewers ask that birders keep precise state and county lists. When you are at a location where you see birds across a state or county line, we ask that you keep two incomplete birding lists, one for each side of the border.

When keeping separate checklists for different sides of a border, please follow these rules:
+ For both checklists, the answer to “Is this a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?” must be “No“, because each list intentionally omits birds in the other geopolitical area.
+ Use your exact location for birds detected on your side of the border; create a personal location directly across from you on the opposite side of the border for the birds you detect on that side. (You can also select an appropriate hotspot for either side of the border, but only if it accurately describes your location on your side or the general vicinity of the birds on the other side.)
+ If you freely crossed back and forth across the border while birding, choose an incomplete Stationary or Traveling protocol for both checklists. If you could not freely cross the border while birding, use the “Incidental” protocol for the checklist on the inaccessible side. Do not use the Stationary or Traveling protocol for any lists plotted to counties, states, or provinces you did not actually bird within.
+ We recommend focusing on one side of the border at a time instead of trying to keep two lists at once (you will not be able to keep simultaneous lists running on eBird Mobile if you are using tracks).

eBird best practices

Continue to follow eBird best practices; submit complete checklists that are short in duration and distance.
+ At eBird, complete checklists come first. Complete checklists are an attempt to record everything you can see or hear from your location. We do not want birds left off your list simply because they were across an (often invisible) geopolitical boundary. If you do leave birds off for this reason, it is no longer a complete checklist!

When traveling somewhere, begin a new checklist every time you cross a border.
+ This ensures the expected species list on eBird Mobile is up to date, and any new birds you detect are placed in your current county, state, and country instead of the previous one.

Every bird seen or heard from your location “counts”, regardless of where the bird is.

+ A complete checklist includes birds on both sides of the border. If you are standing on the Texas side of the US-Mexico border, and you see a Lineated Woodpecker flying on the Mexico side, report it! In eBird, this observation “counts” for where you are standing (i.e., your US and Texas lists). In Ohio, we ask that you use two incomplete checklists in these circumstances so that birds are assigned to the correct state and county.

Plot your location as accurately and precisely as possible.
+ For complete checklists, always plot your checklist where you were, not where the birds were. Do not place a complete checklist anywhere you did not stand or travel during that list.
+ Your data will be summarized to a single county, state, and country based on where you plot your checklist – so be precise! Avoid using hotspots if they do not accurately represent your location for the entire checklist.

Any time you see or hear a rare bird across a border, add some notes in the Species Comments about the bird’s location.
+ From the example above: because Lineated Woodpecker does not have a confirmed record within the United States, if you see or hear one in Mexico while you are on the Texas side of the border, you would certainly be asked to provide notes about this rare observation. Write detailed comments to help other birders understand the exact location of the bird relative to your own. This is especially helpful for those that might use the data, including journals and Bird Record Committees

Geopolitical units give us a way to organize and summarize eBird observations. Any birds you report on a checklist, regardless of where or how far you travel, will be automatically assigned to a county (where applicable), state/province, and country based on where you plot your list.

In most cases, this also determines the data entry checklist and data quality filter. Your checklist can only use one eBird filter, so there may be mismatches in species data if you include birds from multiple geopolitical areas on the same checklist, especially when those areas have considerably different habitats and birds.

These issues can be avoided by doing all of the following, in addition to the instructions above:
+ keep your checklists short in distance and duration
+ plot your location as precisely as possible
+ start a new checklist every time you cross a geopolitical boundary while traveling

These steps ensure your checklist is assigned to the correct eBird filter and summarized in the appropriate county, state, and country.
From eBird help article Birding Along Borders

Below is a list of locations in Ohio where the state line passes near an eBird hotspot.

Michigan State Line

Lucas County
Toledo Memorial Park
All of the developed section of Toledo Memorial Park, located north of Toledo, is in Ohio. The northern, undeveloped section of this cemetery is in Michigan. A hotspot has not been established for this northern section of the cemetery.

149th Street, Point Place
This hotspot is the northernmost location in Ohio on the Point Place peninsula. The northern tip of the peninsula is in Michigan. While there is an eBird hotspot in Michigan at the tip of the peninsula, Lost Peninsula, the road is a private, gated drive with access limited to residents and their guests.

Pennsylvania State Line

Ashtabula County
Pymatuning State Park
The Pymatuning Reservoir is on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border and is served by a state park in each state. For the convenience of birders, the hotspots in both states are referenced on the page link above.

The Ohio River forms the Ohio border with two states, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Since the late 1700s, various states have claimed ownership of various stretches of the Ohio River. The principal reason was to garner wealth from the trade that occurred on the river. In 1792, the federal government determined that Kentucky owned the Ohio River along its border with Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. In essence, the boundary between Kentucky and these three future states would be the low point of the Ohio River’s northernmost bank.

Both Indiana and Ohio have sought to claim the Ohio River, despite the federal government’s declaration in 1792. In 1966, Ohio claimed that the Ohio River’s course had fluctuated since 1792, so that the low point of the Ohio River’s northernmost bank in 1792 actually would be near the south bank of the river today. Ohio asked the United States Supreme Court to give ownership of the river to Ohio or, at the bare minimum, to set the boundary between Kentucky and Ohio in the midpoint of the Ohio River. The Supreme Court ruled that Kentucky had legal ownership to the Ohio River.
From Ohio History Central

The area of the Ohio River that borders West Virginia, and the islands that located within it, are wholly owned by West Virginia, the deed of cession of the Northwest Territory fixing the low watermark on the Ohio side as the western boundary of (what was then) Virginia. More than 30 West Virginia communities extend along the river.
From The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Because of these ownership concerns, in most places the state line is very near the Ohio side of the river and birds seen out in the river are not physically in Ohio. eBird allows birders to decide which birds “count” for their state list and, as indicated above, it is permissible in eBird to record all the birds you can observe from a location. The Ohio Bird Record Committee and Ohio eBird reviewers, on the other hand, usually want the bird to be physically located in the state. Birders who report rare bird sightings or unusually high counts may want to keep this in mind as they prepare eBird checklists.

The counties below are listed from north to south along the Ohio River.

West Virginia State Line

While there are many hotspots on the Ohio side of the river along the West Virginia border, there are just a few where there are hotspots established on both sides of the river.

Belmont County
Pike Island Lock and Dam
The Ohio-West Virginia border is near the Ohio side of the Ohio River at this location. There are separate hotspots in West Virginia for reporting birds seen in the river pool or at the Pike Island Dam.

Columbiana County
Broadway Wharf

Jefferson County
New Cumberland Locks and Dam
Rayland Marina (Jefferson Co.)

Lawrence County
Burlington Commons
Burlington Commons is a park just east of the southernmost point of Ohio. The state line is on the Ohio side of the river and birds seen on the river are in West Virginia.

Monroe County
Hannibal Dam
The locks at the Hannibal Dam are on the Ohio side of the river and the state line runs along the middle of the locks area. There is a hotspot on the West Virginia side of the river.
Fly-Sistersville Ferry
The state line is 20-40 yards out in the river from the Ohio shoreline. If you take the ferry to Sisterville you cross the state line at the beginning of the crossing. There is currently no hotspot in West Virginia.
Fly Rest Area

Washington County
Willow Island Lock and Dam (Ohio)
Ohio Riverfront Park, Marietta
Gunlock Park
Civitan Park

Meigs County
Ohio River Lock and Dam 23
Belleville Locks and Dam
There are hotspots on each side of the river for the Belleville Locks and Dam.
Forked Run SP–Ohio River Access
Shade River Bridge @ OH-124

Gallia County
Gavin Power Plant
Kyger Creek Power Plant
Gallipolis Riverfront
Gallipolis Locks and Dam
There are hotspots on each side of the river for the Gallipolis Locks and Dam.

Kentucky State Line

Scioto County
Moores Lane
Shawnee SP–Marina

Brown County
Brown County Water Improvement District

Clermont County
Chilo Lock 34 Park
Meldahl Dam
There are hotspots on each side of the river for the Meldahl Locks and Dam.
New Richmond Riverfront

Hamilton County
Four Seasons Marina
Saint Rose Church River View
Theodore M. Berry Park
Smale Riverfront Park
Fernbank Park

Indiana State Line

At this time, there are no hotspots established along the Ohio-Indiana border.

Focus on Birding near a County Line

Please remember that multi-county checklists are not possible in eBird. The birds you report are assigned to the county in which the hotspot is located.

In Ohio, there are a surprising number of parks, wildlife areas, trails, and a National Park which are located on a county line. If you carefully keep your bird records by county, it is helpful to know where the county line is located so that the birds will be assigned to the proper county.

eBirding along County, State, and Country borders

In eBird, every complete checklist should be thought of as an attempt to record everything that you can detect from where you are standing or walking. If you are standing along the banks of a river you should certainly scan the river and both of its banks. If you are along a ridgetop, you should be counting birds that you can see in all directions. However, at times there may be a geopolitical border that bisects your walking path or your field of view. Birds never have cared much about geopolitics and in many cases they freely cross borders. What is the best way to do your eBirding in cases like this?

When it comes to the position of the birder and the position of the bird, listing rules can be inconsistent. For example, the preference in Ohio is to only count birds that have demonstrably occurred within the state or county boundaries. However, most yard lists count whatever bird can be seen from your yard. eBird best practices strive to bring more consistency to lists.

Example of a popular location with a county line.

How to report checklists near a state or county line in Ohio

Ohio eBird reviewers ask that birders keep precise state and county lists. When you are at a location where you see birds across a state or county line, we ask that you keep two incomplete birding lists, one for each side of the border.

When keeping separate checklists for different sides of a border, please follow these rules:
+ For both checklists, the answer to “Is this a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?” must be “No“, because each list intentionally omits birds in the other geopolitical area.
+ Use your exact location for birds detected on your side of the border; create a personal location directly across from you on the opposite side of the border for the birds you detect on that side. (You can also select an appropriate hotspot for either side of the border, but only if it accurately describes your location on your side or the general vicinity of the birds on the other side.)
+ If you freely crossed back and forth across the border while birding, choose an incomplete Stationary or Traveling protocol for both checklists. If you could not freely cross the border while birding, use the “Incidental” protocol for the checklist on the inaccessible side. Do not use the Stationary or Traveling protocol for any lists plotted to counties, states, or provinces you did not actually bird within.
+ We recommend focusing on one side of the border at a time instead of trying to keep two lists at once (you will not be able to keep simultaneous lists running on eBird Mobile if you are using tracks).

eBird best practices

Continue to follow eBird best practices; submit complete checklists that are short in duration and distance.
+ At eBird, complete checklists come first. Complete checklists are an attempt to record everything you can see or hear from your location. We do not want birds left off your list simply because they were across an (often invisible) geopolitical boundary. If you do leave birds off for this reason, it is no longer a complete checklist!

When traveling somewhere, begin a new checklist every time you cross a border.
+ This ensures the expected species list on eBird Mobile is up to date, and any new birds you detect are placed in your current county, state, and country instead of the previous one.

Every bird seen or heard from your location “counts”, regardless of where the bird is.
+ A complete checklist includes birds on both sides of the border. If you are standing on the Texas side of the US-Mexico border, and you see a Lineated Woodpecker flying on the Mexico side, report it! In eBird, this observation “counts” for where you are standing (i.e., your US and Texas lists). In Ohio, we ask that you use two incomplete checklists in these circumstances so that birds are assigned to the correct state and county.

Plot your location as accurately and precisely as possible.
+ For complete checklists, always plot your checklist where you were, not where the birds were. Do not place a complete checklist anywhere you did not stand or travel during that list.
+ Your data will be summarized to a single county, state, and country based on where you plot your checklist – so be precise! Avoid using hotspots if they do not accurately represent your location for the entire checklist.

Any time you see or hear a rare bird across a border, add some notes in the Species Comments about the bird’s location.
+ From the example above: because Lineated Woodpecker does not have a confirmed record within the United States, if you see or hear one in Mexico while you are on the Texas side of the border, you would certainly be asked to provide notes about this rare observation. Write detailed comments to help other birders understand the exact location of the bird relative to your own. This is especially helpful for those that might use the data, including journals and Bird Record Committees

Geopolitical units give us a way to organize and summarize eBird observations. Any birds you report on a checklist, regardless of where or how far you travel, will be automatically assigned to a county (where applicable), state/province, and country based on where you plot your list.

In most cases, this also determines the data entry checklist and data quality filter. Your checklist can only use one eBird filter, so there may be mismatches in species data if you include birds from multiple geopolitical areas on the same checklist, especially when those areas have considerably different habitats and birds.

These issues can be avoided by doing all of the following, in addition to the instructions above:
+ keep your checklists short in distance and duration
+ plot your location as precisely as possible
+ start a new checklist every time you cross a geopolitical boundary while traveling

These steps ensure your checklist is assigned to the correct eBird filter and summarized in the appropriate county, state, and country.
From eBird help article Birding Along Borders

Locations in Ohio where the county line passes through the area

Carroll-Tuscarawas
Atwood Lake
Atwood Lake Park

Franklin-Fairfield County
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail
Blacklick Woods Metro Park

Mahoning-Portage-Stark
Berlin Lake

Brown-Clermont
Bott Wildlife Area

Adams-Scioto
Brush Creek State Forest

Fairfield-Licking
Buckeye Lake State Park

Athens-Morgan
Burr Oak State Park

Clinton-Greene
Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area

Clinton-Warren
Caesar Creek State Park

Franklin-Madison
Camp Chase Trail

Ashland-Richland
Charles Mill Lake

Fairfield-Hocking
Clear Creek Metro Park

Morrow-Richland
Clear Fork Reservoir

Gallia-Lawrence
Crown City Wildlife Area

Cuyahoga-Summit
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Fayette-Pickaway
Deer Creek Wildlife Area

Delaware-Marion-Morrow
Delaware Wildlife Area

Licking-Muskingum
Dillon Wildlife Area

Butler-Hamilton
Fernald Preserve

Auglaize-Mercer
Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park

Butler-Miami-Montgomery
Great Miami River Trail

Lake-Geauga
Holden Arboretum

Delaware-Franklin
Hoover Reservoir

Butler-Preble
Hueston Woods State Park

Holmes-Wayne
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

Marion-Wyandot
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area

Jackson-Vinton
Lake Alma State Park

Lucas-Ottawa
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Fulton-Henry-Lucas
Maumee State Forest

Butler-Hamilton
Mill Creek

Coshocton-Knox
Mohican River Wildlife Area

Coshocton-Morgan-Muskingum-Washington
Muskingum River State Park

Cuyahoga-Lake
North Chagrin Reservation

Huron-Lorain-Sandusky
North Coast Inland Trail

Cuyahoga-Stark-Summit-Tuscarawas
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Highland-Ross
Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area
Paint Creek State Park

Fayette-Ross
Paint Creek Recreational Trail

Franklin-Fairfield
Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

Belmont-Guernsey-Harrison
Piedmont Lake

Ashland-Richland
Pleasant Hill Lake

Champaign-Union
Pottersburg Bridge Trail

Franklin-Madison
Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Fairfield-Perry
Rush Creek Lake

Adams-Scioto
Shawnee State Forest

Stark-Wayne
Sippo Valley Trail

Greene-Warren
Spring Valley Wildlife Area

Gallia-Lawrence
Symmes Creek

Hocking-Ross-Vinton
Tar Hollow State Forest

Hocking-Ross
Tar Hollow State Park

Fulton-Henry-Lucas
Wabash Cannonball Trail

Portage-Stark
Walborn Reservoir

Ashtabula-Trumbull
Western Reserve Greenway Trail

Focus on Birding Close to Home

Stay home, stay safe. Avoid unnecessary travel.
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has forced birders in Ohio to do bird watching close to home. Actually birding close to home is a good idea almost any time and in all seasons. Here are some thoughts on how you can use eBird and this website to help you with bird watching close to where you live.

Enjoy the birds in your yard or neighborhood
Many birders do enjoy watching the birds that visit your yard. Bird feeders, where they are permitted, will attract birds almost anywhere in Ohio. It is a good way to see birds in the winter and a delight when Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will come to feeders in the summer. I have a unproven theory that almost any patch in Ohio should, over time, be a place where you can see at least 100 species of birds. So, here’s the challenge.

eBird has two features which allow you to track birds — Yard Totals, for birds you see in your yard, and Patch Totals, for bird you see in your favorite bird watching patch. You define each by including locations where you bird, either your personal locations or eBird hotspots. The totals are of birds you have reported in checklists you have submitted to eBird. There is an article where you can read more about these features in the eBird website: Patch and Yard Lists in eBird.

If you are looking for a walk, why not consider walking the sidewalks or street in the neighborhood of your house. You could set it up as an eBird patch to keep track of what you see. You might be amazed, keeping track of what you see for several years and in all seasons, how quickly you reach 100 species. Give it a try.

Visit Parks or Hotspots close to home
You can use the eBird Hotspot Explorer to find birding locations close to your home. Note the “Location” box at the top right of the map. Type your street address and city there. Give it a moment and select the address that appears closest to your home.

 

 

The markers for eBird hotspots are color coded. When you click on an icon, a dialogue box appears with info about the hotspot and links to explore more about it. You can get driving directions to the location by clicking on “Directions”. Locations with fewer than 100 species are most likely not as popular and will also have fewer people present. You might choose to visit the nearest eBird hotspots with less than 100 species. Doing this regularly, say once a week over the course of a year, may significantly increase the total number of birds recorded there.

Bird watching at a cemetery near your home
There are many cemeteries in Ohio which are also eBird hotspots. Often these locations are not crowded and it is possible to view birds from your vehicle.

Riddle Road, Sandusky County
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Roadside Birding
Sometimes it can be a joy to view birds from your vehicle. We have collected list of Roadside Birding locations in Ohio organized by county. 

There are many locations, especially in rural counties, in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle. Rural roads through agricultural lands, state forests and wildlife areas, “skypools” that form after a rain, airport runways near public roads, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.

Please use care when birding these locations. When you stop, pull off as far as you are able. Use flashers when there is traffic. If you park to get out of your vehicle, park at a pull off or on the berm completely off the pavement. Many of these locations are on roads that traverse privately owned land. Do not enter a private property without permission.

Also, see the list of hotspot locations which have handicap accessible facilities.

Check the list for your county and select the locations which are nearest to your home.

Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Irwin Prairie
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Ohio Birding Day Hikes are designed to help birders discover places to walk and see bird life.

It is sometimes said that “birding is the slowest form of transportation.” Even walking a short distance while observing birds can take lots of time. There are some short hikes in this collection, but many are 2 miles or longer. Often there are options of trails to take or suggestions of ways to shorten or lengthen a hike.

The list of Ohio Birding Day Hikes is organized by county. Check the list for your county to discover which of these locations are nearest to your home. Not all parks are open. Be sure to check the park website for information about parks in your neighborhood.

Focus on Funk Bottoms

Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Funk Bottoms in Wayne County has been designated by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area (IBA). This IBA consists of 2,000 acres of floodplain bottoms: intermittent wetlands and mostly scrub/shrub fields, with some permanent restored wetlands. The Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area is the main source of habitat. The adjacent areas are largely agricultural and include a peat farm. The area has an observation tower. The region undergoes extensive bottomland flooding in March and April.

There are three eBird hotspots in the Wildlife Area. All these locations are in Wayne County.

Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Angling Rd.
Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area–Funk Rd.

There are additional eBird Hotspots in the vicinity of Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area in Wayne and Ashland counties.

Wayne County
Blachleyville
Clay Plant Rd.
Fairview Cemetery, Shreve
Schwartzwalder Rd.
Wilderness Rd.

Ashland County
Ashland County Road 1950
Cool Springs Conservation Park
Hopkins Landing
Mohicanville Dam
Mohicanville Dam–Mohican Township Road 2250

All of these locations are worth visiting. One way to visit a few of them is to follow the Funk Bottoms Birding Drive. Thanks to the Ohio Ornithological Society and Su Snyder for describing this route.

Observation Tower and OH-95
The observation tower is located from an access road on OH-95. Birds can often be observed at the edge of the marsh along OH-95. This is a very busy state highway and it is not safe to stop on the roadway. There are three pull-off areas on the south side of OH-95 which can accommodate 1 or 2 vehicles. The is also one pull-off area on the north side of the highway.

From the State Highway Patrol regarding bird watching along OH-95: “Please park on pull-offs or completely off the paved road in level gravel areas on south side of the road, roadside parking on the north side is prohibited.”

Wilderness Road
While not within the wildlife area itself, Wilderness Road is adjacent to Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area. The fields and ponds on Wilderness Road west of the intersection with Elyria Road are worth checking in all seasons.

At the east end of Wilderness Road near a bridge, there are several peat pits on the north side of the road which often are drawn down in the fall to mine peat. The drawdown of water can create extensive mud flats which attract many shorebirds. Depending on water levels, the fields on the south side of the Wilderness Road near the bridge can also hold waterfowl and shorebirds.

The peat pits on Wilderness Road are privately owned by an Amish man who loves birds and birders and therefore has welcomed birders to bird from the two dirt lanes on the east and west sides of the pits. These lanes are maintained by the company mining the peat. This company has also welcomed and been extremely gracious to birders. The only requests of the landowner and mining company are that birders stay on the dirt paths, not block the roadways, and give preference and a wide berth to any workers in the area.

Further west on Wilderness Road, across from and just west of a farmhouse, the fields often flood and then dry up, producing habitat for migrating shorebirds. A scope is helpful in viewing birds all along Wilderness Road.

Focus on Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Photo by Susan Carpenter

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) protects over 33,000 acres along the banks of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. CVNP combines cultural, historical, and natural resources and visitor activities in one setting. CVNP is managed by the National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The park is straddles two counties, Cuyahoga and Summit, and is surrounded by 15 cities, villages and townships; 7 school districts and 2 metropolitan park districts. The National Audubon Society has designated the river corridor through the National Park as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Lower Cuyahoga River Important Bird Area.

If you are visiting the area for the first time and want to watch birds, it can be a confusing place. There are 30 eBird hotspots in the park itself and that doesn’t count the metropolitan park district eBird hotspots which are scattered throughout the area. How can you decide where to go?

Bird Watching at its Best

Click on the link above to view a brochure from the National Park listing 5 excellent bird watching locations in the park. Any (or all) of these locations are good places to go on a first visit to the area.

Click on map to view .pdf in a new window or tab

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Birding Drive

If you have a bit more time and want more variety, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Birding Drive provides driving directions and links to visiting 9 locations in the National Park.

Day Hikes in the National Park

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has several locations where you can hike and do bird watching. Check these locations within the national park.
Cuyahoga County day hikes:
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Station Road Trails (Cuyahoga County)

Summit County day hikes:
Brandywine Gorge Trail
Boston Run Trail
Everett Road Covered Bridge Trails
Ira Road Beaver Marsh Towpath Trail
Oak Hill Trails
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Ritchie Ledges Area Trails
Station Road Trails (Summit County)
Virginia Kendall Lake Trails
Wetmore Tails

Tips for birding Cuyahoga Valley National Park

For even more tips on birding in this National Park, below are links to pages on websites:
From Cuyahoga Valley National Park website
Cuyahoga Valley National Park birdwatching brochure
From BirdWatchingDaily website

All the eBird Hotspots

Check these pages in this website:
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Lists all the eBird hotspots within the National Park.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Lower Cuyahoga River Important Bird Area
Lists all the eBird hotspots along the Lower Cuyahoga River within the National Park and metropolitan park districts.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Website

Cuyahoga Valley National Park website
Cuyahoga Valley National Park map
Cuyahoga Valley National Park trail maps

Focus on Shawnee State Forest and Shawnee State Park

Shawnee State Forest, also called “The Little Smokies of Ohio,” has developed into the largest of the 20 state forests, with over 60,000 acres. While the Forest is a fantastic recreation feature in Southern Ohio, you should not be surprised to see other activities occurring. The Forest is a working forest. It is managed to provide a variety of multiple uses on a sustained yield basis. Birders should note that this state forest spans two counties. The eastern and largest portion of the state forest is in Scioto County. The western portion of the forest is in Adams County.

Located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River, 1,095-acre Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest. The Shawnee Lodge in the state park has been the host site for spring meetings of the Ohio Ornithological Society.

There are two birding drive routes through the state forest:
Shawnee State Forest OOS Birding Drive
Shawnee State Forest Panoram Birding Drive

The State Forest has been designated by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area.
Shawnee Important Bird Area

There are a number of eBird hotspots in both the State Forest and the State Park.

Scioto County

Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park–Campground
Shawnee State Park–Lookout Trail
Shawnee State Park–Marina
Shawnee State Park–Roosevelt Lake
Shawnee State Park–Turkey Creek Lake and Lodge

Shawnee State Forest
Shawnee State Forest (Scioto County)
Shawnee State Forest–Big Run Road
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 1, Panoram Loop
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 2
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 4, Panoram Loop
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 6, Panoram Loop
Shawnee State Forest–Forest Road 13
Shawnee State Forest–Nace Run Road
Shawnee State Forest–Odle Creek Road
Shawnee State Forest–Picnic Point
Shawnee State Forest–Pond Lick Road
Shawnee State Forest–Pond Run Road
Shawnee State Forest–Rocky Fork
Shawnee State Forest–Wolfden Lake

Adams County

Shawnee State Forest (Adams County)
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Abner Hollow Road