bird watching in Ohio. Head over to Amish Country Ohio. The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio offers 6 hiking trails, a Nature Center, plus picnic areas. Some trails are in wetlands, some in a prairie, some around a lake, so bring your binoculars to check out the many varieties of birds. The trails range in length from 3/4 mile to 1 3/4 miles. In the Nature Center you can relax in a quiet corner that is all glass windows to view birds. They have piped in the bird sounds from outside so you not only get to view a variety of birds, but you can hear their beautiful songs too! The Wilderness Center offers bird walks and nature hikes with a Naturalist on specific dates so that you can learn more about the wildlife and nature that you see along your hike. They also have specialty programs like Moonlight Serenade where you take a walk with musical ensembles in various locations around the lake or Nature Center. Your ticket treats you to some wine or you can purchase a picnic basket. All of these programs are great options for bird watching in Ohio. The Wilderness Center is located in the middle of an Amish area so allow time to eat, shop, and explore Amish Country, Ohio while you are there.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com