East Fork State Park–South Trailhead Ponds

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East Fork SP–South Trailhead Ponds
Coordinates: 39.0063615, -84.1411434
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Photos by Linda Gocon
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East Fork Lake Trails

Tips for birding South Trailhead Ponds
There’s a parking lot just past the ponds at the start of the South Trailhead. There’s also a pull off spot before the ponds on the left where you could park. The road to the trailhead goes between the two ponds.

A scope would be helpful as some of the ducks were at the far end of the right pond. The Wood Ducks were very close to the road in the right pond, On one visit, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was in a tree overhanging the left pond.
From Linda Gocon

Tips for birding East Fork State Park
From Cincinnati Audubon website

About East Fork State Park
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.