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 the slowest form 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.

This is a new feature of the Ohio eBird Hotspot website. 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 use the Contact Form to send suggestions for additional birding day hikes or with edits for existing hikes.

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

Allen County
Kendrick Woods Trails

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

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

Athens County
Strouds Run State Park Trails
The Ridges Trails

Auglaize County
Grand Lake Saint Marys Trails

Belmont County
Barkcamp State Park Trails

Brown County

Butler County
Fernald Nature Preserve Trails
Gilmore Ponds Trails
Hueston Woods 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

Clark County
Buck Creek State Park Trails

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

Clinton County
Cowan Lake Trails

Columbiana County
Beaver Creek State Park Trails

Coshocton County

Crawford County
Sears Woods Trails

Cuyahoga County
Bedford Reservation Trails
Big Creek Reservation Trails
Brecksville Reservation Trails
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
North Chagrin Reservation Trails
Rocky River Nature Center Trails
South Chagrin Reservation Trails
Station Road Trails

Darke County
Shawnee Prairie Trails

Defiance County

Delaware County
Alum Creek State Park Trails
Delaware State Park Trails
Emily Traphagen Preserve Trails
Highbanks Metro Park Trails

Erie County
Sheldon Marsh Trails

Fairfield County
Christmas Rocks Trails
Clear Creek Metro Park Trails
Pickerington Ponds Trails

Fayette County

Franklin County
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Trails
Blendon Woods Trails
Pickerington Ponds Trails
Prairie Oaks Metro Park Trails

Fulton County
Goll Woods Trails
Harrison Lake State Park Trails

Gallia County

Geauga County
Frohring Meadows Trails

Greene County
Glen Helen Preserve Inman Trail

Guernsey County
Salt Fork State Park Trails

Hamilton County
Burnet Woods Trails
Caldwell Nature Preserve Trails
Fernald Nature Preserve Trails
Miami Whitewater Forest Trails
Shawnee Lookout Trails
Winton Woods Trails

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

Hardin County
Lawrence Woods Trails

Harrison County
Clendening Lake Road Trails

Henry County

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
Clear Creek Metro Park Trails

Holmes County
Holmes County Trail Sections

Huron County
Augusta-Anne Olsen Trails

Jackson County
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve Trails

Jefferson County
Jefferson Lake Trails

Knox County
Brown Family Environmental Center Trails

Lake County
Chagrin River Park Trails
Lake Erie Bluffs Trails
Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve Trails
North Chagrin Reservation Trails

Lawrence County
Lake Vesuvius Trails

Licking County
Blackhand Gorge Marie Hickey Trail
Denison University Biological Reserve Trails

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

Lorain County
Black River Reservation Trails
Carlisle Reservation Trails
Sandy Ridge Trails
Wellington Reservation Trails

Lucas County
Crane Creek Estuary Trail
Irwin Prairie Trail
Kitty Todd Nature Preserve Trails
Magee Marsh Boardwalk
Maumee Bay State Park Trails
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Trails
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Madison County
Prairie Oaks Metro Park Trails

Mahoning County
Lake Milton State Park Trails
Mill Creek Park Trails

Marion County
Marion Tallgrass Trailheads

Medina County
Chippewa Inlet Trail North Loop
Hinckley Reservation Trails
Hubbard Valley Trails
Lake Medina Trails
Letha House Park Trails
River Styx Park Trails

Meigs County
Forked Run State Park Trails

Mercer County
Grand Lake Saint Marys Trails

Miami County
Stillwater Prairie Trails

Monroe County
Lamping Homestead Trail

Montgomery County
Eastwood MetroPark Trails
Englewood MetroPark Trails

Morgan County
Burr Oak State Park Trails

Morrow County
Mount Gilead State Park Trails

Muskingum County
Dillon State Park Trails

Noble County
Wolf Run State Park Trails

Ottawa County
East Harbor State Park Trails
Meadowbrook Marsh Trails
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Paulding County

Perry County
Monroe Overlook Trail Loop

Pickaway County
Deer Creek State Park Trails

Pike County
Pike Lake Trails

Portage County
Nelson Kennedy Ledges Trails
Tinkers Creek State Park Trails

Preble County
Hueston Woods Trails

Putnam County

Richland County
Gorman Nature Center Trails
Malabar Farm Trails

Ross County
Paint Creek State Park Trails
Scioto Trail State Park Trails
Tar Hollow Logan Trail

Sandusky County
Pickerel Creek Dikes

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

Seneca County
Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve Trails
Springville Marsh Trail

Shelby County
Lake Loramie Trails

Stark County
Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center Trails
Quail Hollow State Park Trails
Sippo Lake Trails
The Wilderness Center Trails

Summit County
Brandywine Gorge Trail
Firestone Metro Park Trails
Hampton Hills Metro Park Trails
Ira Road Beaver Marsh Towpath Trail
Munroe Falls Tallmadge Meadow Trail
Station Road Trails
Virginia Kendall Lake Trails

Trumbull County
Mosquito Lake State Park Trails

Tuscarawas County
Atwood Lake Park Trails
Norma Johnson Center Trails

Union County
Glacier Ridge Metro Park Trails

Van Wert County

Vinton County
Lake Hope State Park Trails
Zaleski State Forest Trails

Warren County
Caesar Creek Gorge Trail

Washington County

Wayne County
Barnes Preserve Trails
Johnson Woods Nature Preserve Trail
Oakhill Park Trails
Wooster Memorial Park Trails

Williams County

Wood County
Wintergarden Woods Trails

Wyandot County
Killdeer Plains Trails