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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 34 - Sandy Ridge Reservation

    Lorain County Metro Parks
    6195 Otten Road
    North Ridgeville, OH 44039


    Public Access

    Open sunrise to sunset April through October, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March


    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Visitors Center, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails, Checklist Available, Sightings Board, Binocular Rentals

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 24'11.48"; W 82° 3'0.63"

    Driving Directions

    Take Rt. 254 west, turn left on Case Road. Take Case Road to Otten Road and turn left. Drive to park entrance.

    What to Look For

    Sandy Ridge only opened in 1999, but its 310 acres have already become one of northern Ohio’s legendary birding areas. The site can be productive at any season, but it is especially known for the numbers and diversity of breeding birds. Sandy Ridge’s total list is nearly 250 species. Over 100 nesting species have thus far been recorded, including many regional rarities. Wooded areas can produce an excellent variety of songbirds in both spring and fall migration, and the wetlands often harbor lots of shorebirds in late summer and fall. At least twenty species of plovers and sandpipers have been documented. Winter brings raptors such as Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, and Short-eared Owl. Merlin and Peregrine Falcon are occasionally noted in fall migration.

    An excellent trail system offers easy access to wetlands and other habitats. Updates on recent sightings are often posted at the Perry F. Johnson Wetland Center.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    Sandy Ridge has accumulated an impressive roster of rarities. Unusual breeders include American and Least bitterns, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Sedge Wren, and Cerulean Warbler. There are records for Cackling Goose, Eared Grebe, Little Blue Heron, and Red-necked Phalarope.

    Natural Features

    During warmer months, the wetlands are filled with huge number of dragonflies of many species. A profusion of wildflowers occurs along the woodland trails in spring, and the calls of spring peepers, western chorus frogs, and wood frogs are conspicuous sounds in April and May.