The Wilds–Zion Ridge Road

Cumberland, Ohio 43732
The Wilds webpage
The Wilds map

Also, see ReCreation Land, The Wilds, Wilds Important Bird Area, and The Wilds Birding Drive

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The Wilds–Zion Ridge Rd.
Coordinates: 39.8557945, -81.7486668
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Please, note that leaving roadways and walking on Wilds property is not permitted.

Tips for birding Zion Ridge Road
Driving either direction on Zion Ridge Road you will pass through big open country here, with lots of potential. The usual criteria for finding raptors apply: eagles may be soaring high on a sunny day and most raptors will be perched if it is raining. Perches are at a premium: check dead trees on wooded margins, utility poles, hay bales, fence posts. Scott Road, though it appears on the map, is not open to the public, and is almost always gated.
From Bill Whan

Tips for birding The Wilds
From BirdWatchingDaily website

About The Wilds
The Wilds is a private, non-profit safari park and conservation center that combines cutting-edge conservation science and education programs with hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind adventures that include ziplining, horseback riding, fishing and more. Located in southeast Ohio, the Wilds is home to rare and endangered species from around the globe living in natural, open-range habitats.

The property encompasses 9,154 acres or approximately 14 square miles and includes 2,000 acres of pastures and a 27-acre Carnivore Conservation Center. The Wilds is designated an Audubon Important Bird Area so the property includes a birding station with covered lookout as well as a butterfly habitat with hiking trails, more than 15 miles of mountain bike and hiking trails and approximately 150 lakes.

With nearly 10,000 acres of grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and lakes, the Wilds is home to a great diversity of bird species. Audubon has recognized the Wilds as one of Ohio’s Important Bird Areas, and birdwatchers from near and far have discovered the abundance of bird life here.
From The Wilds webpage

No restroom facilities.