Miami Whitewater Forest–Shaker Trace Wetlands

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Miami Whitewater Forest–Shaker Trace Wetlands
Coordinates: 39.2782583, -84.7495461
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Tips for birding Shaker Trace Wetlands
Shaker Trace Wetlands is the best place to bird at Miami Whitewater State Forest. From Mt Hope Road, turn right onto New Haven Road. At the stop light, turn left onto Oxford Road. Take an immediate left onto Baughman Road. After crossing over the paved trail, proceed past the end of the tree line and turn right into the small gravel parking area. Park here and hike up onto the dike through the opening in the tree line. Turn left and follow the trail along the trees. This is a great area to observe many migrant passerines. Hike the trails throughout this area for a chance to see a wide variety of species. If the marsh is dry in the fall, walk around on the edges of the mudflats looking for both LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. To get to the viewing platform, continue on the trails until you come to the paved Shaker Trace Trail. Follow the trail south and a small gravel trail to the viewing platform will be on your left. If there is water in the wetlands, scan for shorebirds and waterfowl.
From Nutty Birder

Tips for birding Miami Whitewater Wetlands
From Cincinnati Audubon website

About Miami Whitewater Forest
Miami Whitewater Forest offers a visitor center with nature displays and a gift shop. The 4,670 acre park also features multiple trails, including the paved 7.8-mile Shaker Trace trail and 1.4-mile fitness trail, as well as the 1.7-mile Badlands, 0.8-mile Oakleaf, 0.6-mile Tallgrass Prairie and 2.1-mile Timberlakes nature trails, plus two horseback riding trails. Visitors can enjoy a 9-hole disc golf course and play or practice at the Miami Whitewater Forest Soccer Complex in a men’s, women’s or co-rec league. Shelters, picnic areas and a youth camp area are reservable. The park also includes an 11-acre dog park with play fields, an all-season area and a dog agility course.
From Miami Whitewater Forest webpage

Restrooms at locations identified on Miami Whitewater Forest map.