Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Bath Road

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Cuyahoga Valley NP–Bath Rd.
Coordinates: 41.162748, -81.5709382
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Photo by Susan Carpenter

Tips for birding Bath Road
This area of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is famous for its Great Blue Heron Viewing Area, where visitors can view a heronry (or rookery) of herons that nest in the tops of old Sycamore trees along the Cuyahoga River. From mid-February until about the end of May, these 46” tall, 72” wingspan gangly birds navigate the branches of trees with ease as they raise their young. The grunts and croaks of so many adults and young in one spot is stunning. There is a paved pull-off on the north side of the road, and volunteers regularly track the numbers of nests and young and may post the information in that pull-off. Turkey Vultures are seen here gliding in large numbers as well, and Bald Eagles are often seen perching in trees above the Cuyahoga River.
From Susan Carpenter

About Bath Road Heronry
Bath Road Heronry is a local favorite of wildlife watchers. From mid-February through June, great blue herons build over 140 nests and raise their young high above the passing cars.
From Bath Road Road Herons (Cuyahoga Valley National Park) webpage

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
From Cuyahoga Valley National Park website

Warning: All areas of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are prone to deer ticks from the early spring until late fall, so prepare accordingly before birding.

No restrooms at this location. Restrooms at locations identified on Cuyahoga Valley National Park map. Most areas have non-flush toilets; there are flush toilets available at the Pine Hollow parking lot on Quick Road and the Virginia Kendall Lake lodge building.