Shawnee Lookout–Blue Jacket Trail

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Shawnee Lookout–Blue Jacket Trail
Coordinates: 39.127419, -84.7950577
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Shawnee Lookout Trails

About Blue Jacket Trail
1.3 miles – moderate
Smell the rich aroma of the northern spicebush as you enter the trail. Look for small yellow blooms in the spring and their bright red fruit in the summer. Further on, look for tall prairie plants in the clearings. View the oxbow from the overlook above the Great Miami River. The oxbow hosts many waterfowl species. Bald Eagles are commonly seen cruising the river as are Black Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks and the occasional osprey. Looking down you may find an Eastern Box Turtle crossing your path. Looking up, watch for woodland birds such as Ovenbirds, Wood Thrush, Eastern Towhees and Gray Catbirds.

The AllTrails website has a description with a map of a hike on the Blue Jacket Trail.

Tips for birding Shawnee Lookout
From Cincinnati Audubon website
From BirdWatchingDaily website

About Shawnee Lookout
Shawnee Lookout is well known for its historical Springhouse School and Log Cabin, Indian archaeological earthworks and nature trails, including the 1.3-mile Blue Jacket, 2.0-mile Little Turtle, and the 1.4-mile Miami Fort trail that offers a spectacular view of the Great Miami River. The park also offers boat access to the Great Miami River, picnic areas, and playground.

Ulmansiek Wildlife Sanctuary is a 263-acre of seasonally flooded riparian habitat located along the Great Miami River and noted for the wide variety of migratory waterfowl that use it as a resting area. An additional 914 acres are wetlands located adjacent to the park and are protected through conservation easements. The area provides valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife.
From Shawnee Lookout webpage

Restrooms at locations identified on Shawnee Lookout map.