Zaleski State Forest–Long Ridge Road
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Tips for birding Long Ridge Road
Long Ridge Road (Forest Road 15) traverses 5.9 of Zaleski State Forest from the gate at the Forest Service Center on the southwest to Irish Ridge Road on the east end. This road is easily reached via Hunt Hollow from OH-328. At the junction of Hunt Hollow Road with Long Ridge Road, turn right (southwest) to bird the road to the dead end at the gate near the Forest Service Center. Return to the junction and continue birding on Long Ridge Road until you reach Irish Ridge Road.
Head down the dead end Long Ridge (southwest on Forest Road 15) for a few miles then turn around. This is a great road that has had a lot of clear cutting on the west side of it in recent years, but that seems to be done for now. The east side of the road is relatively in tact older growth. So this road hosts birds of all forest ages and is on top of a ridge that seems to attract more early morning migrants than anywhere else that I know of in the forest.
From Robert Royce
About Zaleski State Forest
The Zaleski State Forest is the second largest forest in the system. The Zaleski State Forest Backpack Trail was established on the forest to provide backpacking opportunities as well as to introduce some scenic and historic aspects of the forest. The main trail is a loop of 23.5 miles. There is also a 10-mile day loop trail.
From Zaleski State Forest webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Zaleski State Forest map and Lake Hope State Park.