Birding at Clear Creek Metro ParkHocking County Road 116
Visiting this Site
Clear Creek Metro Park
185 Clear Creek Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149
DeLorme Page Number and Coordinates
(7th Edition and earlier) 69:D-5
Nearest Town or City
Eight miles south of Lancaster west off SR 33.
Directions from Nearest Town or City
Take SR 33 south from Lancaster approximately 8 miles to Hocking County Road 116 (Clear Creek Road), turn right, the park is located along both sides of Clear Creek Road.
About Clear Creek Metro Park
Clear Creek Metro Park is an approximately 5,000-acre natural area park located in Hocking and Fairfield Counties. Its proximate location to the glacial boundaries of both the Wisconsinan and Illinoisan Glaciers and the unglaciated portion of Ohio as well as the pre-glacial Teays River has resulted in a unique and diverse area. Clear Creek Metro Park is Ohio’s largest dedicated natural area and has been recognized by Ohio Audubon as an Important Bird Area.
Open year-round dawn to dusk; closed the first four days of annual deer gun season for controlled deer hunt. Birding and hiking along Clear Creek Road and 14-mile trail system.
Pull offs along Clear Creek Road; Creekside Meadows Picnic Area, Fern Trail Picnic Area; Hambleton-Barnebey Day Use Area; Starner House Park Office.
Flush restrooms at Hambleton-Barnebey Day Use Area; porta-toilets in other areas.
Harmful Insects, Poisonous Plants, or Animals
Seasonal populations of blackflies, mosquitoes and ticks. Poison ivy.
Restaurants in the Area
Truck stop approximately 3 miles north on SR 33; other restaurants to the south at Logan, Ohio.
Other Useful Information
The Hemlock Trail located along Clear Creek Road .5 miles west of Camp Wyandot, operated by Camp Fire USA, annually has breeding Canada Warblers, Hermit Thrushes, Veeries, and occasionally Magnolia Warblers and Blue-headed Vireos. Expect to find 12 species of breeding warblers along the lower end of this trail from Clear Creek Road to the third bridge before the trail becomes steep and difficult. Please read signs at trail head and allow time for hiking, some of the trial areas are moderate to difficult hiking. Birding programs are offered by a park naturalist, please check the Parkscope program schedule or website for dates and times.
Other Birding Spots in the Area
Hocking Hills State Park Areas, Hocking Hills State Forest Areas; Rockbridge State Nature Preserve; Wakeena Nature Preserve.
Birds of Interest by Season
Woodland-resident songbirds; Black Vulture, Evening Grosbeaks.
Typical woodland migrants; warblers.
Nearly 20 species of breeding warblers; Hermit Thrush, Veery, Red-shouldered Hawks, over 100 nesting species of birds annually.
Typical woodland migrants.