Roadside Birding

Riddle Road, Sandusky County
Photo by Ken Ostermiller
Birding from your vehicle
There are many locations, especially in rural counties, in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle. Rural roads through agricultural lands, state forests and wildlife areas, “skypools” that form after a rain, airport runways near public roads, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.

Safety first
Please use care when birding these locations. When you stop, pull off as far as you are able. Use flashers when there is traffic. If you park to get out of your vehicle, park at a pull off or on the berm completely off the pavement. Many of these locations are on roads that traverse privately owned land. Do not enter a private property without permission.

Also, see the list of hotspot locations which have handicap accessible facilities.

Please use the contact form to suggest locations where you view birds from your vehicle which should be added to this list.

Adams County
Brush Creek State Forest
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Abner Hollow Road
Shawnee State Forest
Tranquility Wildlife Area

Allen County

Ashland County
Artesian Lake
County Road 1950

Ashtabula County
Dorset Wildlife Area
Fields Brook
I-90 Ohio Welcome Center
Kyle Road Ponds
Northeast Ohio Regional Airport
Stollacker Road
Turkey Creek Metropark

Athens County
Waterloo State Forest–Driving Loop
Wayne National Forest–Utah Ridge

Auglaize County
US-33 Auglaize Rest Area

Belmont County
Briar Wood Road
Egypt Valley Wildlife Area

Brown County
Indian Creek Wildlife Area

Butler County
Jacksonburg Road
Ross Gravel Pit
Woodsdale Road Gravel Pit

Carroll County
Bellflower Road
Fargo Road
Leesville Lake–Autumn Road
Leesville Lake–Bramble Road and Dove Road
Leesville Lake Wildlife Area

Champaign County

Clark County
Moorefield Road
Osborn Road Gravel Pits
Shockley Road Skypools
South River Road, South Charleston
Union Road

Clermont County
East Fork State Park

Clinton County
Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area
Melvin Quarry Pits

Columbiana County
Fairmount Road and Lusk-Lock Road
Foundry Hill Road
Haiti Road Wetland
OH-39 @ OH-164 Intersection
Rowley Run Beaver Marsh
Smith Road, Fredericktown

Coshocton County
County Road 7 Pond
Shelly Gravel Pits
Woodbury Wildlife Area

Crawford County
Stevens Road @ OH-98 Skypools

Cuyahoga County
Solon Landfill

Darke County
Wayne Lakes Village
Woods Road Wetland

Defiance County
Price Road

Delaware County
Alexander Road
Delaware Wildlife Area
Smith Preserve

Erie County
Bay View
Lagoon Deer Park–North
Medusa Marsh–Barrett Road
OH-269 Skypool
Resthaven Wildlife Area

Fairfield County
Coonpath Road Wetland
Mill Park Drive Pond

Fayette County
Deer Creek Wildlife Area

Franklin County
Hall Road Intermittent Ponds
Jackson Pike Waste Water Treatment Plant

Fulton County

Gallia County
Cheshire Gravel Pits
Crown City Wildlife Area
Swan Creek Bottoms
Symmes Creek

Geauga County
Hayes Road
LaDue Reservoir
Patch Road
Soltis Road

Greene County
Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area
Gravel Pit Road
Linebaugh Road
Old OH-42 Road Skypools
Peterson Road
Roxanna New Burlington Road Gravel Pit
Solon Road Skypools
US-35 @ OH-72 Pond
Wildman Road

Guernsey County

Hamilton County

Hancock County
Blue Rock Nature Preserve
Camp Berry
Clay Pits
Findlay Airport
Lake Cascades
Younger Property Grasslands

Hardin County
Hardin County Airport
Hardin County Wetlands
Hog Creek Marsh

Harrison County
Harrison State Forest
Industrial Park Drive
Lower Clearfork Swamp
Upper Clearfork Swamp

Henry County

Highland County
Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area

Hocking County
Enterprise Iles Road
Tar Hollow State Forest

Holmes County
Bunker Hill
Four Ponds
Holmesville Marsh
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
Killbuck Township Road 92
Odell Lake
Redett Road, Fredericksburg
Rices Swamp
Trail Bottom Valley

Huron County
Celeryville Muck Crop Fields
Weis Road Wetlands

Jackson County
Grassy Fork Bottoms, County Road 2
Pyro Wetlands< Tabernacle Road Marsh

Jefferson County
Mingo Grasslands
Pleasant Hill Road, Richmond
Short Creek Marshland

Knox County
Arrington Road
Krause Road, Centerburg
Spohn Road

Lake County
Fairport Nursery Road
Smith Road, Waite Hill

Lawrence County
Blackfork Swamp
Crown City Wildlife Area
Lawrence Chapel-Okey Wetlands

Licking County
Swamp Road

Logan County

Lorain County
Lorain County Regional Airport–Russia Road
OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Eastbound
OH-2 Lorain Rest Area Nature Trail Westbound

Lucas County
Amolsch Ditch @ Lallendorff Road
Angola Road and Raab Road
Cedar Point Road
Corduroy Road
Decant Road @ Seaman Road
Elliston Road @ Veler Road
Manore Road
North Yondota Road
Park Colony Road
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Wildlife Drive
Sacks Road
Seaman Road
Wilkins Road @ Sager Road

Madison County
I-70 South Vienna Rest Area
William Lucas Road Skypools

Mahoning County
Bull Creek @ Lipply Road

Marion County
Big Island Wildlife Area
Gearhiser Road
Sager Road @ Groundhog Road

Medina County
Friendsville Road Gravel Pits
Greenwich Road, Homerville
Lake Road Sod Farm
Spencer Lake Wildlife Area

Meigs County

Mercer County
Coldwater Wastewater Treatment Plant
Now Road

Miami County

Monroe County
Fly Rest Area

Montgomery County

Morgan County
Smith Road Grasslands

Morrow County
Steam Corners Cattle Feedlot

Muskingum County
The Wilds

Noble County
Chapel Drive
Lexington Ridge

Ottawa County
OH-2 La Carpe Creek Rest Area
OH-2 @ Russell Road
Ottawa-Lucas County Road
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Wildlife Drive
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Stange Road and Krause Road and Observation Tower
Stange Road @ W. Walbridge East Road
Yetter Road Fishing Access
Zenser Road

Paulding County
Paulding County Road 146
Paulding Sewage Lagoons

Perry County
Perry State Forest

Pickaway County
Charlies Pond
Island Road
River Drive

Pike County
OH-32 Pike Rest Area

Portage County
I-76 Portage Rest Area
Johnson Road, Kent

Preble County

Putnam County

Richland County
Bistline Road Skypool
Clear Fork Reservoir–Gass Road Dam And Spillway
Ernsberger Road
Mansfield Lahm Airport and Vicinity
Urwin Parkway Wetland

Ross County
Spencer Road Pond
Tar Hollow State Forest
Three Locks Road

Sandusky County
Billman Road Skypools
Bonham Road
Coonrod Road Wetlands
County Road 202
County Road 244
Hawk Road
Ohio Turnpike–Erie Islands Service Plaza
Ohms Road Private Wetlands
Riddle Road (Sandusky County)

Scioto County
Brush Creek State Forest
Shawnee State Forest

Seneca County
County Road 34
Roy Myers Road
Township Road 178

Shelby County

Stark County
Coblentz Avenue Skypools
Diamond Street Skypool
Greer Avenue Gravel Pit
Lawndell Road Southwest

Summit County
Nimisila Reservoir
Plaza at Chapel Hill Shopping Center
Summit Lake

Trumbull County
Grand River Wildlife Area
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area
Shenango Wildlife Area

Tuscarawas County
Beartown Road Pond
Dundee Fields
Gnadenhutten Mine Pits
Leihley Hill Road
Meander Reservoir

Union County
Jerome Township Rest Area
US-33 Union Rest Area

Van Wert County
Middle Point Lake

Vinton County
Minerton Wetland
Tar Hollow State Forest
Vinton County Airport Pond

Warren County
Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area

Washington County
Derby Road and Buchanan Road
Former Shelly Gravel Pit

Wayne County
Black Diamond Road Marsh
Fox Lake Road
Harmony Lake
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
McAfee Road, Wooster
Pine Tree Barn Lake
Wecht Road
Wildman Road

Williams County
Browns Recreation Lake

Wood County
Bairdstown Wildlife Production Area

Wyandot County
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
National Lime and Stone Quarry
Warpole Creek Fields
Wyandot County Landfill Wetlands