Along the Wayne/Holmes county line sits a mecca of wildlife. Everything from swamps and marshes to open fields and meadows in the 5,671-acre Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area. With a keen sense of direction (and probably a compass) you can navigate your way through the brush and brambles in a 'choose your own adventure' sort of experience. While there is one cut trail through the area (generally pretty overgrown), just walking down the road will allow you a glimpse of the abundance of wildlife, flowers, trees, and unexpected treasures.
We explored from the P-15, P-16, and P-17 areas (see attached map) as well as the P-5 where the birds rule; Eagles nest, swans, egrets, warblers, pipers were spotted that day. Note that P-5 is a protected area and walking beyond the small parking area is prohibited (we didn't need to go any further to see such great birds!)
With this being a wildlife area there are things to keep in mind- hunting (with license) is permitted so know what is in season and wear conspicuous colors. Ticks have been bad the past few years so deet up before heading out, wear long pants, socks, sleeves, and boots and always check for ticks before getting back in your car! During periods of heavy rain a lot of the dirt roads (they're 95% dirt roads riddled with craters) may become impassible, don't try to pass through, turn around and try for another day. 4wheel drive is recommended, but not mandatory.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.