Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area–Valley Road South
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Tips for birding Valley Road
Valley Road is one way to traverse the Killbuck Wildlife Area from north to south. You can pick up Valley Road at the north end where it intersects with Messner Road. Use care, because this north section of Valley Road can be under water when the marsh is flooded. You can often find Prothonotary Warblers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Easter Phoebe along this section of road.
When you follow the road south you exit the wildlife area for a while and then re-enter it just past Mooreland Road. The south section of Valley Road continues past the intersection with Clark Road. The entire road is a good way to drive through the wildlife area.
From Ken Ostermiller
There is a large open area of water on the east side of Valley Road at the junction with Clark Road. This spot hosts waterfowl, warblers, vireos, and both orioles. Black Terns often come through here during migration. When the water level is low, look for shorebirds.
From Ohio Ornithological Society
Tips for birding Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
See the Killbuck Marsh Birding Drive for a suggested route through the wildlife area with turn by turn directions and links to hotspot pages.
About Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
The 5,671-acre Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area is situated in northeastern Ohio in portions of Wayne and Holmes counties. The area extends north from Holmesville to three miles south of Wooster and lies between OH-83 on the east and OH-226 on the west.
The area is in a shallow, U-shaped glacial outwash valley. The elevation varies from 840 feet at the floor of Killbuck Creek near Holmesville to nearly 1,000 feet on hillsides parallel to the valley floor. About 56 percent of the acquisition unit consists of marsh and swamp that is flooded during some portion of the year. This complex is Ohio’s largest remaining marshland outside of the Lake Erie region.
Purchase of land for Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area began in 1969. Additional land is being acquired as funds become available. The wildlife management plan provides for maintenance and protection of the existing woodlands, the establishment of regular crop rotations, improvement of open fields for wildlife nesting by controlled burning and selective spraying, and the establishment of food patches for general wildlife use. Permanent wildlife cover has been provided by planting thousands of trees and shrubs. Wright’s Marsh, a 350-acre diked wetland off OH-226, was restored in partnership with Ducks Unlimited. Dikes and water control structures are being developed to increase and improve the wetland habitat on the area.
From Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area webpage
No restroom facilities.