Hueston Woods State Park–Group Camp

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Hueston Woods State Park is in Butler and Preble counties. The eastern part of Acton Lake is in Butler County. The western part of the lake is in Preble County. See the state park map below for the location of the county line.

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Hueston Woods SP–Group Camp
Coordinates: 39.5867245, -84.7660232
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Tips for birding Hueston Woods State Park Group Camp
During the winter the gravel road to the Group Camp is blocked off, so walking is the only way to access the area. A parking lot is right across the street, just next to Hedge Row Road. At the end of the road that goes through the group camp, some of Acton Lake is viewable, so a scope could be helpful here for scanning the lake, but there are other better vantage spots of the lake not located in the group camp. The habitat consists of mostly woods, but there are also some wetlands and marsh habitat that is good for sparrows and ducks have been seen in the wetlands.
From Cole DiFabio

Tips for birding Hueston Woods State Park
From Cincinnati Audubon website

About Hueston Woods State Park
The rich soils of the area are part of the glacial till plains of western Ohio. Early settlers cleared the dense woodlands to farm the fertile soil. Nearly all of Ohio’s original forest has since vanished. However, one unique stand of virgin timber remains at Hueston Woods. Over 200 acres have been protected and provide visitors with a glimpse of Ohio’s primeval forest. Stately beech and sugar maple tower above the abundance of ferns, wildflowers and other woodland species. In 1967, the 200-acre forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

Hueston Woods State Park located in southwest Ohio has an enormous wealth of natural resources. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of an ancient shallow sea that once covered Ohio. Much of the limestone is the magnesium-bearing type called dolomite. Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals are so abundant that people from all over the world come to Hueston Woods to collect them.
From Hueston Woods State Park website

Restrooms and handicap accessible facilities at locations identified on Hueston Woods State Park map.