Girdled Road Reservation

Girdled Road Reservation
North : 12840 Girdled Road
South: 12926 Radcliffe Road
Skok Meadow: 12415 Concord Hambden Road
Painesville, Ohio 44077
Girdled Road Reservation webpage
Girdled Road Reservation map

Also, see Grand River-Lower Watershed Important Bird Area
Lake County Birding Drive

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Girdled Road Reservation
Coordinates: 41.645787, -81.1753607
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Girdled Road Reservation–North Entrance
Coordinates: 41.6674493, -81.1777509
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Girdled Road Reservation–Skok Meadows
Coordinates: 41.655407, -81.1909068
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Ohio Birding Day Hike

Girdled Road Reservation Trails
Hiking trails at Girdled Road Reservation include:
Big Creek Valley Trail – .43 mile – easy – natural
Chickadee Trail – .68 mile – difficult – compacted gravel
Creek Crossing Trail – .42 mile – difficult – compacted gravel
Green Darner Trail – .33 mile – easy – compacted gravel
Oak Leaf Loop Trail – 4.09 miles – difficult – compacted gravel
Skok Meadow Loop Trail – 1.09 miles – easy – compacted gravel
South Meadow Tral – .49 mile – easy – compacted gravel and asphalt
Surveyors Woods Loop Trail – 1.22 miles – easy – compacted gravel
Valley View Overlook Trail – .07 mile – easy – compacted gravel

Descriptions and maps of 4 hikes on trails at Girdled Road Reservation are on the AllTrails website.

Tips for birding Girdled Road Reservation
Within the 902 acres of Girdled Road Reservation visitors can experience the beauty of many different types of habitats-dense forests, fields and wetlands.

Audubon Ohio has designated this park as an Important Bird Area particular for woodland nesting species. Habitat includes several ponds, large tracts of mature woodlands, two large creeks which are part of the scenic Grand River watershed, and old fields.

Take I-90 to OH-44 south. Turn left (east) onto Girdled Road for about 2.5 miles. Turn right (south) onto OH-608 for about 2 miles. Turn left (east) onto Radcliffe Road for .3 mile. Entrance is located on left side of road.

Open all year during daylight hours.
Two entrances with ample parking.
From Ohio Ornithological Society

Girdled Road Reservation is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

Birds of Interest by Season
Summer
Over 100 species of nesting birds including Green Herons, Cedar Waxwings, thrushes, vireos, juncos, meadowlarks, Bobolinks, Wood Ducks, Scarlet Tanagers, woodpeckers, Winter Wren, several species of warblers, Purple Finch, and Henslow’s Sparrow.

About Girdled Road Reservation
Girdled Road Reservation was purchased by Lake Metroparks in 1965. It is named for the first road that the early European settlers built from the Pennsylvania line to the new city of Cleveland in the early 1800s. A small path was cut first. Settlers knew that a larger road was needed, so they “girdled” the trees along the path. (Girdling a tree means cutting through the bark around the entire tree. This cuts off the flow of nutrients so the tree dies. Once a tree dies, it is much easier to remove it and thus widen the road.) Today the remaining section of Girdled Road is the northern boundary of this park.

Historically accessed from Radcliffe Road in the south and Girdled Road in the north, and now via Concord Hambden Road (OH-608) at Skok Meadow, is one of the park district’s most biologically diverse properties. Covered by a mosaic of woodland, meadow, and wetland, the park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. In 2010, 64 resident bird species, 38 butterflies, 18 mammals, 39 dragonflies and damselflies, 19 reptiles and amphibians and countless plant species were documented in the park. Among these are a number of rare or endangered species including yellow-bellied sapsuckers, cerulean warblers, bobolinks and a shrub called hobblebush.
From Girdled Road Reservation webpage

Restrooms at locations identified on Girdled Road Reservation map.