What comes to mind when you think of outdoor exploration in the Hocking Hills? For some, it’s a challenging hike through the dense woods of Hocking Hills State Park. Others may test their limits with a rock climbing excursion. If you’re looking for a relaxing way to take in the beautiful scenery of this area, consider birding in the Hocking Hills! This peaceful activity is a great way to become acquainted with the unique flora and fauna of this area. Read on to discover five of our favorite spots for bird watching in the Hocking Hills!
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Top 5 Spots for Birding in the Hocking Hills
Check out our top five favorite spots for birding in the Hocking Hills below! You’re sure to spot some rare and beautiful Hocking Hills wildlife, as all of these nature areas have more than 100 reported bird species.
1. Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve
Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve boasts 87 acres of stunning natural beauty. In the spring, Conkle’s Hollow looks like a scene from a fairytale novel, with flourishing wildflowers and magnificent sandstone gorges. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching! The spring and summer are the best time for birding watching here. On any given day, you have a good chance of spotting turkey vultures, black-throated green warblers, northern cardinals, and more!
2. Hocking Hills State Park
When it comes to wilderness areas in Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park is the star of the show! There are countless ways to explore the state park’s 2,000 acres. Add bird watching to your list of things to do when you visit. Just don’t forget to pack binoculars! Most often, visitors spot the sights and sounds of rock pigeons, several types of sparrows, American robins, eastern bluebirds, and more! Check out a full list of bird observations and make a species checklist to bring along.
3. Lake Logan State Park
Lake Logan State Park has the most reported bird species at nearly 200. For this reason, it’s a bird lover’s paradise! Enjoy the sights and sounds of songbirds, as well as majestic species like the red-tailed hawk and barn owl. Occasionally, eagles make an appearance at Lake Logan State Park! Visit during migration season to observe waterfowl as they travel north.
4. Rockbridge State Nature Preserve
Pack your binoculars and a camera to visit Rockbridge State Nature Preserve! This 202-acre wilderness area in Hocking County is home to some of the rarest bird species in Ohio. Look and listen closely for winter wrens, red-headed woodpeckers, and more. Even if you don’t spot the rare species, you won’t be disappointed in the beauty of the ever-present American robin and eastern bluebird.
5. Wayne National Forest
Kern Road in Wayne National Forest is one of the best, yet lesser-known spots, for birding in the Hocking Hills. This area features year-round opportunities for bird watching. It’s common to see northern shrike and short-eared owls in the winter, while the spring and summer feature lots of sparrows, prairie warblers, and more! Stop by Kern Road before or after a day of hiking, biking, or horseback riding at this national forest.
Stay at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Return to The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls after a day of birding in the Hocking Hills! We are surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, so you can continue your bird watching adventure right outside of your bed and breakfast guest room, Pacific-style yurt, cabin, cottage, or Hocking Hills lodge.
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