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Where to See Birds at Shawnee State Park and Shawnee State Forest
If you are bound for Shawnee State Park for the OOS Warblers and Wildflowers Weekend 2022 (April 29-May 1), you might want to bookmark several pages of information in the Birding in Ohio website that help you know where to go to see birds in the state park and the state forest.

Shawnee State Forest OOS Birding Drive
Follow the directions to traverse the length of Pond Lick Road and then continue on Forest Road 2. “On a good spring morning, this route will take 5-6 hours to complete and will provide great looks at a nice variety of birds.”

Shawnee State Forest Panoram Birding Drive
The Panoram Loop is a signed driving loop in Shawnee State Forest with the beginning and end on OH-125.

In addition, the pages for the state park and the state forest have information about all the eBird hotspots in the area and suggestions of hikes where you can see the spring migration in action.
Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Forest

Have a great weekend!

New eBird Hotspots

Wild Turkey Habitat Bird Blind

Photo by Jon Costanzo

Montgomery County
Boonshoft Museum
Thanks to Joshua Fries for suggesting this hotspot.

Preble County
Hueston Woods State Park–Wild Turkey Habitat Area and Bird Blind
Thanks to Jon Costanzo for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.


Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Station Road
Thanks to Fred Dinkelbach for alerting us that the railroad tracks on the Cuyahoga County side of Station Road have been closed to entry by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The name of the hotspot has been adjusted to Cuyahoga Valley NP–Station Rd. Parking Area (train tracks closed to entry). There is a $750 fine for entering the train tracks. This hotspot may continue to be used to report birds seen near the parking lot, the railroad station, and the bridge on the Cuyahoga County side of the river. Once you cross the bridge, the east side of the Cuyahoga River is in Summit County. Birders should start a new checklist when crossing the bridge and use the hotspot Cuyahoga Valley NP–Station Rd. Towpath Trail (Summit Co.) for birds seen in Summit County. Please see the National Park Service news article for information about this change.

Lawrence County
Old Lock 27 Fishing Access
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for sending a photo to add to this page. We have also adjusted the coordinates fo this hotspot to the parking area, moving them away from private property.

Meigs County
Wilson Wetlands Wildlife Area
Thanks to Carlton Schooley for providing photos.

Washington County
Wayne National Forest–Archers Fork Trail
Thanks to Michael Schramm for providing photos and tips for birding.