Quail Hollow State Park–Meadowlands Trail
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Quail Hollow State Park Trails
About the Meadowlands Trail
The Meadowlands Trail is a 1.5-miles loop trail which is rated an easy hike.
Tips for birding Quail Hollow State Park
During spring migration, my route of preference is to park by the mountain bike trail and begin on the mountain bike trail. The east edge of the older woods catches the sun early and is often hopping quickly. I then connect to the beaver lodge trail which is much thicker, secondary growth habitat that warblers and allies get very active in as the morning progresses. Beaver Lodge trail held a summering Clay-colored Sparrow a couple years back and is prime habitat for Mourning and Connecticut Warblers. I’ve seen Connecticut Warblers several times on the trail, and one morning had double-digit numbers of Mourning Warblers on that loop. As mid-day approaches, the Woodland Swamp trail becomes a better option, as migrants often come towards the more shaded older forest and often use the shallow stream adjacent to the path to bathe. The Meadowlands Trail is great for early spring Fox Sparrows, late spring Olive-sided Flycatchers, holds nesting Blue-winged Warblers, my only park record of Golden-winged Warbler, and also a couple of Brewster’s records. The scattered pines that rise above the grassy scrub inside the Meadowlands trail held Long-eared and Saw-whet Owls one spring. Brown Creepers and Hooded Warblers nest along the Deciduous Trail. Pine Warblers and Red-breasted Nuthatch are a spring, and sometimes breeding, presence along Nature for All and Coniferous Forest trails. Virginia Rails and Soras use a small swamp on the far east end of the Mountain Bike Trail. In winter, my favorite spot is right at the junction of Congress Lake Road and the entrance driveway of the park. There is an abundance of fruit trees that each January holds robins, waxwings, Hermit Thrush, Purple Finch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, towhee, Fox Sparrow, and many other good January birds.
From Kent Miller
About Quail Hollow Park
Quail Hollow Park features over 700 acres of rolling meadows, marshes, pine and deciduous woods surrounding a 40-room house. Scenic woodland trails, gardens and the house offer a variety of natural and cultural experiences for visitors. Operating as a state park since 1975, Stark Parks began managing the park in January of 2016.
The former H.B. Stewart family home is used for educational and community programs and events. A visitor center is located within the home. Fishing is recommended at the 2-acre Shady Lane Pond. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. Picnic areas are located in the center of the park with tables, grills, and restrooms close by.
From Quail Hollow Park
About Quail Hollow State Park
The rolling fields, stately woodlands and moist wetlands of Quail Hollow are evidence of the effects of glaciation which occurred over 12,000 years ago. Glaciers have had a profound effect on the drainage system, topography and soil/mineral composition of the area. Natural lakes are a feature of the glaciated landscape. These bodies of water were formed when large pieces of ice broke off the glacier and melted in depressions forming these kettle lakes. Most are small, old and more properly classified as bogs or marshes. Nearby Congress Lake is one of Ohio’s natural lakes.
Quail Hollow’s habitat diversity allows for an abundance of plant and wildlife populations. A tall-grass prairie supports blazing star, sneezeweed, and other prairie plants. The woodland swamp is home to spring peepers, chorus, and green frogs while the deciduous and coniferous forests provide shelter for the red fox, raccoon, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey.
From Quail Hollow State Park website
Restrooms at locations identified on Quail Hollow Park map.