Vinton Furnace State Forest–North
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Tips for birding Vinton Furnace State Forest
To get to Vinton Furnace from Zaleski State Forest, continue on OH-278 south of the the Will Tract until you hit US-50 at Prattsville. Go west on US-50 toward Mac Arthur. There is one short road that enters from the north off US-50, Stone Quarry Road. It goes through a good sample of what much of Vinton Furnace looks like before dead-ending at a gate. To get to longest route through Vinton Furnace, head to all the way to Mac Arthur then turn south on OH-93 again to the tiny town of Dundas. At Dundas head east on Sam Russell Road into Vinton Furnace. There are good signposts along the way. Mac Arthur has convenience stores and restaurants.
From Robert Royse
About Vinton Furnace State Forest
The forest is home to the state’s largest known population of bobcats and is also home to timber rattlesnakes, cerulean warblers, and several rare plant species.
The forest is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the United States and home to more than 50 years of ongoing forest research. Data collected at the forest has been cited in hundreds of scholarly papers on forest ecology, forest management, and wildlife.
The site is home to research dedicated to restoring oak trees to Ohio’s forests. Oaks are some of Ohio’s most important wildlife species and a valuable part of the state’s multi-billion dollar wood industry. Since 1952, land at the Vinton Furnace has been dedicated towards forest use and sustainability research — an agreement formalized between previous owner Mead Corporation and the USDA Forest Service in 1965.
From Vinton Furnace State Forest website
No restroom facilities.