Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer in Ohio Makes a Great Bird Watching Vacation

The weather is warm, the flowers are in bloom, and this is the perfect time for a bird watching vacation in Ohio.   In northeast Ohio you will find a hidden treasure called The Wilderness Center near Wilmot.  They have 6 nature trails to choose from and a wonderful nature center.  You'll walk around Wilderness Lake on the Pond Trail.  Take a boardwalk over wetlands on Sigrist Woods Trail.  Hike through an old apple orchard in lowlands on Fox Creek Trail.  The Belden & Blake Trail is a wooded trail where you will find spring flowers and a marsh.  Walk along a ridge in upland forest on Sugarcreek Trail.  Find yourself in total solitude walking through prairie and woodlands on Pioneer Path.  The different terrain make these trails a bird watchers paradise.  When you need to relax you will find a bench in the nature center where you look out a huge glass window at bird feeders and many birds right in front of you.  They have piped the bird calls inside so you can enjoy a symphony of tweets.  There are picnic areas so pack a lunch and enjoy an entire day there.  Check out their calendar for special hikes such as:
August 20, 8 a.m.  Bird Walk
August 20, 1 p.m. Butterfly Walk
August 23, 2 p.m. Butterfly Walk
August 30, 10:30 a.m. Butterfly Walk
September 4, 2-4 p.m., Wildflower Exploration
September 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wildflower Exploration
September 7, 10 a.m.,  Wilderness Walk
September 15, 2 p.m., Wilderness Walk
The Wilderness Center is near the world's largest Amish Community so there are many other activities to warrant a vacation in the area.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

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