Ohio Birding Drives are routes for birding trips which can be accomplished in one day, stopping to walk and bird at various eBird hotspots. For each birding drive, a Google map is provided with the route and suggested stops at eBird hotspots. You may save the link to the Google map on your smartphone or tablet, or print a copy on paper to take with you. Links are provided with information about each eBird hotspot. Follow those links for more information about birding each location.
Richland B&O Trail Birding Drive
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This Birding Drive explores eBird hotspots on the Richland B&O Trail in Richland County. When you submit checklists here you help to add to the data about birds in this region of Ohio.
Richland B&O Trail–Home Road Marsh
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
From Mansfield, drive south on South Main Street for .4 mile. Continue onto Lexington Avenue for .4 mile. Turn right on Cline Avenue and drive 1 mile. Turn left onto Marion Avenue and drive 2 miles.
Park in the parking area on Marion Avenue near the intersection of Home Road and Marion Avenue where the Richland B&O Trail crosses Marion Avenue. Walk north on the trail to Home Road Marsh.
Richland B&O Trail–Lexington Community Park
Mansfield, Ohio 44904
From the Marion Avenue parking, drive west on Marion Avenue. Turn left onto South Home Road and drive 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Lexington Springmill Road and go 1.7 miles. Continue onto Plymouth Street for .2 mile. Arrive at Lexington Community Park.
Park at the Lexington Community Park on Plymouth Street. Explore the Richland B&O Trail in either direction from the park along the Clear Fork of the Mohican River.
Richland B&O Trail–OH-97 Parking Lot near I-71
Bellville, Ohio 44813
From Lexington Community Park, turn left onto Plymouth Street and go .4 mile. Turn left at Lutz Avenue. Turn right toward East Main Street. Turn left onto East Main Street and go .2 mile. Turn right onto Castor Road and go .6 mile. Turn right onto OH-97 and drive 2.9 miles. Arrive at the OH-97 parking area on the right.
Park at the parking area on the west side of OH-97 just south of I-71. Explore the Richland B&O Trail in either direction.
Richland B&O Trail–Butler
Butler, Ohio 44822
Parking is available in Butler near the intersection of Main Street and Elm Street.
The trail takes a northwesterly route out of Butler passing a former lumber yard and a local campground before heading out to open countryside.