Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park is in Butler and Preble counties. The eastern part of Acton Lake is in Butler County. The western part of the lake is in Preble County. (See the state park map below for the location of the county line.) Please be aware of the location of the county line and submit checklists of birds you see to the appropriate county.
Hueston Woods SP–Avian Research and Education Institute Bird Banding Station
Coordinates: 39.5546572, -84.7369112
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Hueston Woods Trails
There are 10 trails around Acton Lake at Hueston Woods State Park.
Sycamore Trail – 0.7 Miles – Easy
Cabin Trail/Pine Loop – 1.3 Miles – Moderate
Cedar Falls Trail – 0.8 Miles – Moderate
Mud Lick Trail – 2.2 Miles – Moderate
West Shore Trail – 1.5 Miles – Moderate
Sugar Bush Trail – 0.8 Miles – Moderate (0.5 Miles Handicap Accessible)
Blue Heron Trail – .6 Miles – Moderate
Big Woods Trail – 1.1 Miles – Moderate
Hedge Apple Trail – 0.8 Miles – Moderate
Indian Mound Trail – 1.2 Miles – Moderate
Sycamore and Pine Loop Trails
The Sycamore and Pine Loop Trails are across the road from the Sycamore Grove Picnic Area. The Pine Loop is also accessible from the Cabin Area. Hiked together in either order they make a 2-mile hike. If you are not staying at the Cabin Area, park in the Sycamore Grove Picnic Area and cross the road to begin the hike.
Returning to your car you may want to also hike the Cedar Falls Trail.
The AllTrails website has descriptions and maps of 13 hikes in Hueston Woods State Park.
Tips for birding Hueston Woods State Park
From Cincinnati Audubon website
About Hueston Woods State Park
The rich soils of the area are part of the glacial till plains of western Ohio. Early settlers cleared the dense woodlands to farm the fertile soil. Nearly all of Ohio’s original forest has since vanished. However, one unique stand of virgin timber remains at Hueston Woods. Over 200 acres have been protected and provide visitors with a glimpse of Ohio’s primeval forest. Stately beech and sugar maple tower above the abundance of ferns, wildflowers and other woodland species. In 1967, the 200-acre forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.
Hueston Woods State Park located in southwest Ohio has an enormous wealth of natural resources. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of an ancient shallow sea that once covered Ohio. Much of the limestone is the magnesium-bearing type called dolomite. Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals are so abundant that people from all over the world come to Hueston Woods to collect them.
From Hueston Woods State Park website
About Hueston Woods Biological Station
Established in April of 2004, the Hueston Woods Biological Station (HWBS) was the first Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI) bird banding station opened. Its location is in a secluded area below the dam of Acton Lake in the Hueston Woods State Park, Preble and Butler Counties. This 10-acre area is comprised of mainly successional woods with marshy and edge areas. We started with just 10 nets and have expanded to about 40 nets in 2008.
From Hueston Woods Biological Station webpage
Restrooms and handicap accessible facilities at locations identified on Hueston Woods State Park map.
There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier in the park.