East Fork State Park–Prairie Trail
eBird Bar Charts by Season
There is good parking across the road from this trail. The trail is on level ground which can get pretty soggy during the rainy periods. The area is being developed into a Biodiversity Area. The best birding here is during the spring and fall migration for small birds. The area is breeding ground for Indigo Buntings and Common Yellowthroats. The prairie is surrounded by deep woods. A scope is not needed.
From Richard Payne
Tips for birding East Fork State Park
From Cincinnati Audubon website
Clermont County’s rolling hills and meandering river valleys provide a colorful backdrop for spacious East Fork State Park. Shaped by the forces of the Illinoian and Wisconsinan glaciers, the East Fork region is characterized by beautiful hill country scenery and is noted for the occurrence of remnant prairie habitats. Illinoian glacial deposits are not common in Ohio but can be observed at East Fork and the surrounding area.
East Fork’s diverse landscape includes dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This diversity lends well to an abundance of plant and animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild black cherry. The swamp forests contain silver maple, American elm, sycamore, and black gum. The meadows and remnant prairies contain big bluestem grass and purple coneflower among others.
Animals of the area include eastern plains garter snake, fence lizard, red fox, deer, raccoon, Canada geese, song sparrow, eastern meadowlark, and the barn swallow.
From East Fork State Park webpage
Restrooms are closed from late November to early May on the south side. The north side has open restrooms all season (no heat).
Handicap accessible facilities at locations identified on East Fork State Park map.