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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 39 - Findley State Park

    Ohio State Parks
    25381 State Route 58
    Wellington, OH 44090

    440.647.5749

    Public Access

    Open all day, year-round

    Amenities

    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Visitors Center (seasonally), Picnic Area, Checklist Available, Camping, Binocular Rentals

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 7'23.26"; W 82° 13'9.87"

    Driving Directions

    Take I-480 West to State Route 10 West. Go west on US Route 20 to State Route 58. Take State Route 58 south for ten miles. Park is 2.5 miles south of Wellington on east side of the road.

    What to Look For

    The park’s 838 acres is mostly forested and supports an excellent diversity of woodland breeding birds. Noteworthy nesters include the Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Veery, nine species of warblers, Scarlet Tanager, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A nearly 100-acre lake in the center of the park often attracts loons and various diving ducks in migration. Mature pine plantations sometimes lure boreal irruptive species in winter, including Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, and both crossbills. The park’s woodlands can be fabulous in May and September for songbird migration.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    The most famous rare bird was a Varied Thrush that visited feeders within the park in the winter of 1979-80. It was one of Ohio’s first records of this western species, and ended up being collected by ornithologist Milton B. Trautman.

    Natural Features

    From November through March, an excellent mini-loop involves driving back roads from Findley State Park to Oberlin Reservoir, or vice-versa. From the park, head north on State Route 58 and turn east on Jones Road, then north on West Road. Follow West Road to Webster Road, and head west for a short distance, then north again on West Road (it jogs slightly at Webster). Follow West Road to its junction with Parsons Road; Oberlin Reservoir will be on your right. Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, and Horned Lark are often seen along these roads. You will also pass Caley Reservation, a Lorain County Metropark, on West Road between Webster Road and State Route 303. Long-eared Owls sometimes form winter roosts in pines at this park.