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  • At-A-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 2 - North Kingsville Sand Barrens

    Cleveland Museum of Natural History


    Hiking Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 55'52.61"; W 80° 38'50.10"

    Driving Directions

    Take I-90 East to exit 235 (OH-84/OH-193) and go north on 193 into the town of North Kingsville. Turn right onto E. Center St., go 2.5 miles, then turn left on Poone Rd. the preserve is on the left after the railroad tracks.

    What to Look For

    North Kingsville Sand Barrens was acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 1990. It is only 118 acres, but the preserve is one of the most interesting and significant natural areas in this region. Originally protected to conserve the dry sand barrens and its complement of rare species, the preserve also includes some mature swamp forest.

    Spring and summer are the best times to visit, when resident breeders are present. Over 80 species have been found nesting locally. Many woodland birds typical of northeastern Ohio can be found. Interesting species in the area include Purple Finch, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Cerulean Warbler.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    The hemlock/hardwood swamp supports much rarer nesters some years, such as Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, and Magnolia Warbler. Shrubland species such as Blue-winged Warbler and White-eyed Vireo can be found in the area.

    Natural Features

    North Kingsville Sand Barrens is a treasure trove of rare species, and a naturalist's delight. Several very rare plants occur, such as Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) and Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis). The site is especially showy in May, when the Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis) is in bloom. The sand barrens are habitat to rare beetles, spiders, and an endangered moss as well.