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  • 51 - Resthaven State Wildlife Area

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
    Northwest Road off of U.S. Route 6
    Castalia, OH

    Public Access

    Open all day year-round


    Hiking Trails, Handicap Accessible Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41º 25'1.24"; W 82º 49'33.97"

    Driving Directions

    From State Route 2, take the State Route 269 South exit. In about 2 miles, take a right onto U.S. Route 6. In about a mile, turn left at Northwest Road. Resthaven Wildlife Area will be on the left.

    What to Look For

    This 2,272-acre wildlife area harbors the best remaining tracts of the historically vast Castalia Prairie. A botanical spectacle occurs in mid-May, when thousands of endangered white Lady's-slipper orchids bloom en masse. Shrubland breeding birds are always interesting, and include Yellow-breasted Chat, White-eyed Vireo, Willow Flycatcher, and many others. On occasion, Bell's Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, and Alder Flycatcher turn up. Ospreys nest locally, as so Bald Eagles.

    Thickets and woodlands can produce scores of migrants spring and fall, and enormous numbers of American Woodcock can be heard displaying at dusk in spring. With 444 acres of water, ducks and geese can be plentiful in migration. Huge numbers of swallows often stage here in late summer/early autumn.

    Natural Features

    Resthaven contains an excellent prairie remnant and is filled with interesting prairie plants, including a number of rare species. The area harbors one of only two Ohio sites for the endangered white lady's-slipper orchid (Cypripedium candidum), which appears by the thousands in a good year.