Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Irwin Prairie
Photo by Ken Ostermiller

Ohio Birding Day Hikes are designed to help birders discover places to walk and see bird life. Often when we visit a park for the first time it is a challenge to know where to start. These hikes, recommended by birders and hikers in Ohio, are a way to begin to explore new territory.

It is sometimes said that “birding is one of the slowest forms of transportation.” Even walking a short distance while observing birds can take lots of time. There are some short hikes in this collection, but many are 2 miles or longer. Often there are options of trails to take or suggestions of ways to shorten or lengthen a hike.

If a birder visits your county, what hike would you you suggest? Feedback is especially welcome with suggestions for improving the description of a hike. Tips for birding locations are also welcome. There is no limit to the number of hikes we can have in a county. Feel free to suggest one you like, even if we already have a hike in your county.

Please send suggestions for additional birding day hikes or edits for existing hikes to:

Day Hikes listed by County

Adams County
Buzzardroost Rock Trail
Chalet Nivale Preserve Trails
Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve Trails
Edge of Appalachia Wilderness Trail
Lynx Prairie Trails
Plum Run Prairie Preserve Trails
Whipple State Nature Preserve Trails

Allen County
Kendrick Woods Trails

Ashland County
Byers Woods Trails
Cool Springs Conservation Park Trails
Mohican State Forest Trails
Mohican State Park Trails

Ashtabula County
Camp Peet Metropark Trails
Geneva State Park Trails
Morgan Swamp Preserve Trails

Athens County
Dairy Barn Ora Anderson Trail
Burr Oak State Park Trails
Desonier State Nature Preserve Trail
Gifford State Forest Trails
Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
Strouds Run State Park Trails
The Ridges Trails

Auglaize County
Grand Lake Saint Marys Trails

Belmont County
Barkcamp State Park Trails
Dysart Woods Trails

Brown County

Butler County
Fernald Preserve Trails
Forest Run MetroPark Trails
Gilmore Ponds Trails
Governor Bebb MetroPark Trails
Great Miami River Trail
Hueston Woods Trails
Rentschler Forest MetroPark Trails

Carroll County
Atwood Lake Park Trails
Carroll Community Park Trail
Leesville Lake Wildlife Area Trails
Valley Run Wildlife Area Trail

Champaign County
Kiser Lake State Park Trails
Pottersburg Bridge Trail

Clark County
Buck Creek State Park Trails
Buck Creek Trail

Clermont County
Cincinnati Nature Center Redwing Loop
Crooked Run Nature Preserve Trails
East Fork Lake Trails
Stonelick State Park Trails

Clinton County
Caesar Creek State Park Trails
Cowan Lake Trails

Columbiana County
Beaver Creek State Park Trails
Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail

Coshocton County

Crawford County
Sears Woods Trails

Cuyahoga County
Bedford Reservation Trails
Big Creek Reservation Trails
Bradley Woods Reservation Trails
Brecksville Reservation Trails
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Euclid Creek Reservation Trails
Garfield Park Reservation Trails
Mill Stream Run Reservation Trails
North Chagrin Reservation Trails
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Rocky River Nature Center Trails
Shaker Lakes Trails
South Chagrin Reservation Trails
Station Road Trails

Darke County
Shawnee Prairie Trails

Defiance County

Delaware County
Alum Creek State Park Trails
Blues Creek Preserve Trails
Char-Mar Ridge Preserve Trails
Delaware State Park Trails
Emily Traphagen Preserve Trails
Highbanks Metro Park Trails

Erie County
Castalia Quarry MetroPark Trails
Edison Woods MetroPark Trails
Osborn MetroPark Trails
Pipe Creek Wildlife Area Trails
Sheldon Marsh Trails

Fairfield County
Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail
Blacklick Woods Metro Park Trails
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park Trails
Christmas Rocks Trails
Clear Creek Metro Park Trails
Pickerington Ponds Trails

Fayette County
Paint Creek Recreational Trail

Franklin County
Alum Creek Trail
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Trails
Big Walnut Trail
Blacklick Woods Metro Park Trails
Blendon Woods Trails
Camp Chase Trail
Heritage Rail-Trail
Olentangy Trail
Pickerington Ponds Trails
Prairie Oaks Metro Park Trails
Rocky Fork Metro Park Trails
Sharon Woods Metro Park Trails
Three Creeks Metro Park Trails
Walnut Woods Metro Park Trails

Fulton County
Goll Woods Trails
Harrison Lake State Park Trails
Maumee State Forest Stewardship Trail
Wabash Cannonball Trail

Gallia County

Geauga County
Beartown Lakes Reservation Trails
Burton Wetlands Trails
Frohring Meadows Trails
Headwaters Park Trails
Holden Arboretum Trails
Maple Highlands Trail
Punderson State Park Trails
Swine Creek Reservation Trails

Greene County
Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve Trails
Creekside Trail
Glen Helen Preserve Inman Trail
John Bryan State Park Trails
Narrows Reserve and Nature Center Trails
Prairie Grass Trail
Sugarcreek MetroPark Trails

Guernsey County
Great Guernsey Trail
Salt Fork State Park Trails

Hamilton County
Armleder Park Trails
Ault Park Trails
Bender Mountain Nature Preserve Trails
Burnet Woods Trails
Caldwell Nature Preserve Trails
Fernald Preserve Trails
Five Mile Trail
Green Township Bike and Walk Trail
Miami Whitewater Forest Trails
Mount Airy Forest Trails
Shawnee Lookout Trails
Winton Woods Trails
Wyoming Hike-Bike Trail

Hancock County
Findlay Reservoirs Dike Trails
Oakwoods Nature Preserve Trails
Riverbend Recreation Area Trails
Van Buren State Park Trails

Hardin County
Lawrence Woods Trails

Harrison County
Clendening Lake Trails
Conotton Creek Trail
Harrison State Forest Trails
Tappan Lake Park Trails

Henry County
Wabash Cannonball Trail

Highland County
Fort Hill Trails
Highlands Nature Sanctuary Trails
Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve Trails
Paint Creek State Park Trails

Hocking County
Ash Cave Trails
Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve Trails
Clear Creek Metro Park Trails
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve Trails
Hocking State Forest Trails

Holmes County
Holmes County Trail Sections

Huron County
Augusta-Anne Olsen Trails
North Coast Inland Trail

Jackson County
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve Trails

Jefferson County
Jefferson Lake Trails

Knox County
Brown Family Environmental Center Trails
Heart of Ohio Trail
Kokosing Gap Trail
Ramser Arboretum Trails

Lake County
Beaty Landing Trail
Chagrin River Park Trails
Chapin Forest Reservation Trails
Girdled Road Reservation Trails
Headlands Beach and Dunes Trails
Hogback Ridge Metropark Trails
Holden Arboretum Trails
Lake Erie Bluffs Trails
Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve Trails
North Chagrin Reservation Trails
Penitentiary Glen Reservation Trails

Lawrence County
Dean State Forest Trails
Lake Vesuvius Trails

Licking County
Blackhand Gorge Trails
Dawes Arboretum Trails
Denison University Biological Reserve Trails
Infirmary Mound Park Trails
Lobdell Reserve Trails
Taft Reserve Trails

Logan County
Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve Trails
Indian Lake State Park Trails

Lorain County
Black River Reservation Trails
Carlisle Reservation Trails
Charlemont Reservation Trails
Columbia Reservation Trails
Findley State Park Trails
French Creek Reservation Trails
North Coast Inland Trail
Sandy Ridge Trails
Wellington Reservation Trails

Lucas County
Howard Marsh Metropark Trails
Irwin Prairie Trail
Kitty Todd Nature Preserve Trails
Magee Marsh Trails
Maumee Bay State Park Trails
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Trails
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails
Pearson Metropark Trails
Providence Metropark Trails
Secor Metropark Trails
Side Cut Metropark Trails
Swan Creek Preserve Metropark Trails
Wabash Cannonball Trail

Madison County
Camp Chase Trail
Prairie Grass Trail
Prairie Oaks Metro Park Trails

Mahoning County
Lake Milton State Park Trails
Mill Creek Park Trails

Marion County
Marion Tallgrass Trailheads

Medina County
Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary Trails
Allardale Park Trails
Buckeye Woods Park Trails
Chippewa Inlet Trail North Loop
Chippewa Rail Trail
Hinckley Reservation Trails
Hubbard Valley Trails
Lake Medina Trails
Lester Rail Trail
Letha House Park Trails
River Styx Park Trails

Meigs County
Forked Run State Park Trails

Mercer County
Celina Coldwater Bikeway
Grand Lake Saint Marys Trails

Miami County
Brukner Nature Center Trails
Charleston Falls Preserve Trails
Great Miami River Trail
Stillwater Prairie Trails

Monroe County
Lamping Homestead Trail

Montgomery County
Aullwood Audubon Center Trails
Carriage Hill MetroPark Trails
Cox Arboretum MetroPark Trails
Creekside Trail
Eastwood MetroPark Trails
Englewood MetroPark Trails
Germantown MetroPark Trails
Grant Park Trails
Great Miami River Trail
Hills and Dales MetroPark Trails
Possum Creek MetroPark Trails
Sycamore State Park Trails
Taylorsville MetroPark Trails
Twin Creek MetroPark Trails

Morgan County
Burr Oak State Park Trails

Morrow County
Mount Gilead State Park Trails

Muskingum County
Blue Rock State Forest Trails
Blue Rock State Park Trails
Dillon State Park Trails
Muskingum Recreational Trail

Noble County
Wolf Run State Park Trails

Ottawa County
East Harbor State Park Trails
Magee Marsh Trails
Meadowbrook Marsh Trails
North Coast Inland Trail–Elmore
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Paulding County
Black Swamp Nature Center Trails

Perry County
Monroe Overlook Trail Loop

Pickaway County
A. W. Marion State Park Trails
Canal Park Trail
Deer Creek State Park Trails
Slate Run Metro Park Trails

Pike County
Pike Lake Trails

Portage County
Aurora Audubon Sanctuary Trails
Berlin Lake Bike Trail
Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve Trails
Nelson-Kennedy Ledges Trails
Portage Hike and Bike Trail
Tinkers Creek State Park Trails
West Branch State Park Trails

Preble County
Hueston Woods Trails

Putnam County

Richland County
Gorman Nature Center Trails
Malabar Farm Trails
Richland B&O Trail

Ross County
Buzzards Roost Nature Preserve Trails
Great Seal State Park Trails
Paint Creek Recreational Trail
Paint Creek State Park Trails
Scioto Trail State Park Trails
Tar Hollow State Forest Trails

Sandusky County
North Coast Inland Trail
Pickerel Creek Dikes

Scioto County
Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve Trail
Shawnee State Park and Forest Trails

Seneca County
Bowen Nature Preserve Trails
Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve Trails
Springville Marsh Trail

Shelby County
Lake Loramie Trails

Stark County
Beech Creek Gardens Trails
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center Trails
Iron Horse Trail (Stark County)
Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve Trail
Quail Hollow State Park Trails
Mahoning Valley Trail
Middle Branch Trail
Nickel Plate Trail
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Sippo Lake Trails
The Wilderness Center Trails

Summit County
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Brandywine Gorge Trail
Boston Run Trail
Everett Road Covered Bridge Trails
Ira Road Beaver Marsh Towpath Trail
Oak Hill Trails
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Ritchie Ledges Area Trails
Station Road Trails (Summit County)
Virginia Kendall Lake Trails
Wetmore Tails
Other Summit County parks
Bath Nature Preserve Trails
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park Trails
Firestone Metro Park Trails
Freedom Bike and Hike Trail
Furnace Run Metro Park Trails
Goodyear Heights Metro Park Trails
Gorge Metro Park Trails
Hampton Hills Metro Park Trails
Munroe Falls Tallmadge Meadow Trail
Portage Lakes Trails
Sand Run Metro Park Trails
Seiberling Nature Realm Trails
Silver Creek Metro Park Trails
Springfield Bog Trail
Summit Bike and Hike Trail

Trumbull County
Mosquito Lake State Park Trails

Tuscarawas County
Atwood Lake Park Trails
Camp Tuscazoar Trails
Norma Johnson Center Trails

Union County
Glacier Ridge Metro Park Trails
Jim Simmons Trail
Pottersburg Bridge Trail

Van Wert County

Vinton County
Lake Alma State Park Trails
Lake Hope State Park Trails
Zaleski State Forest Trails

Warren County
Caesar Creek Gorge Trail
Caesar Creek State Park Trails

Washington County
Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area Trails

Wayne County
Barnes Preserve Trails
County Line Trail
Johnson Woods Nature Preserve Trail
Oak Hill Park Trails
Wooster Memorial Park Trails

Williams County

Wood County
Wintergarden Woods Trails

Wyandot County
Killdeer Plains Trails