Holden Arboretum–Conifer Section
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Ohio Birding Day Hike
Holden Arboretum Trails
About the Conifer Trail
Conifer Trail (Moderate – 1.5 miles)
A meadow walk through the conifer collection. View stunning vistas and field nesting birds.
Tips for birding Holden Arboretum
Holden Arboretum is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
The most well-known birding location in Kirtland is the 3800 acre Holden Arboretum.This area has a list of 221 species which is impressive for an inland location in Ohio. Check the newly restored Corning Lake for waterfowl and bitterns. The canopy walk and emergent tower offer a very different perspective on birds from in and above the trees and great views of the surrounding forest. With a parking permit and directions available at the visitor center, you can walk along a vacated road, which follows the East Branch of the Chagrin River to find Louisiana Waterthrush and Cerulean Warblers. The rugged and challenging 3-mile hike along the Pierson’s Creek and Old Valley Trail will provide beautiful, pristine, forest landscapes, and spring wildflowers. Nesting Dark-eyed Juncos, Hooded Warblers, and possible Hermit Thrush are highlights of this natural area. If you don’t have the time for the hike, just check the gardens and ponds and you will find a good variety. The Rhododendron garden blooms in conjunction with peak spring migration and provides a visual feast. Holden began providing Bluebird nest boxes in the 1950s and the numbers of Eastern Bluebirds found in the central gardens area is sure to impress as well.
From Birding Lake County’s Often Overlooked Birding Hotspots by Haans Petruschke
About the Holden Arboretum
At Holden, cultivated gardens come alive with color in the spring, cool forest trails offer a respite from the summer heat, woodlands are set ablaze with rich hues of fall, and paths lead you deep into the beauty of the winter woods.
Named as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, with more than 20 miles of hiking trails, Holden is a haven for bird watchers as well hikers, gardeners and nature enthusiasts.
Covering 3,600 acres, The Holden Arboretum is among the largest arboreta in the United States. Documenting more than 120,000 plants, Holden’s horticultural focus is on a recognized collection of trees and shrubs, which are displayed in gardens accompanied by groundcovers and perennials, and in themed collections. We collect and display a diversity of plants and trees for evaluation and educational purposes, in order to convey sustainable plant choices recommended for our region. By sustainable, we mean plants that are adapted to our soils and climatic extremes, free from chronic diseases and significant pests, and non-invasive of natural areas. Plants include rhododendrons, magnolias, maples, conifers, nut trees, wildflowers, lilacs, and viburnums. A visitor center, reference library, and picnic area are on the grounds. Holden connects people with nature for inspiration and enjoyment, fosters learning and promotes conservation.
From Holden Arboretum webpage
Restrooms at the visitor center.