Mohican State Forest

Tips for Birding

Mohican is noted for its rugged topography with hemlock ravines, upland pine plantations, and rich mature forested slopes. It contains about 5700 acres. Good birding is in the Clear Fork Gorge – either up or down the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. Access this area from the parking area at the Covered Bridge. Many other good sites and trails can be explored with the use of a park/forest map.

Take OH-97 east of Butler. Take OH-3 south of Loudonville.

Sometimes the road to Covered Bridge is closed due to ice.

Birds of Interest

Mohican is known for its diversity of breeding and summering species. There were 101 species in a 1997 survey. With its hemlock slopes and pine plantations, the site attracts many northern species. Annual summering birds include Black-throated Green Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo, Winter Wren, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Pine Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, and Canada Warbler. Periodic summering birds include Least Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, and Dark-eyed Junco. A total of 25 warbler species have been known to summer at Mohican.

About this Location

Mohican-Memorial State Forest is located in southern Ashland County, midway between Columbus and Cleveland. It is easily reached from I-71 and OH-97 and OH-3. The natural attributes of the area combined with state and nearby commercial facilities have made this region one of the more popular year-round attractions of the state.

Notable Trails

Mohican State Forest Trails
Trails in the Mohican State Forest include:
Blue Bridle Trail
Green Bridle Trail
Lodge Bridle Trail
Red/Blue Bridle Trail
Red Bridle Trail
Yellow Bridle Trail
Orange Bridle Trail
Hog Hollow Trail

Discovery Forest Trail
A 2-mile educational trail that weaves its way through a previous clear cut, a selective cut, and other Forest Management techniques. The trail is easy for all ages and great for children.

Mountain Bike Trail
A mountain bike trail running through Mohican-Memorial State Forest and Mohican State Park has been completed by volunteers. The 24-plus-mile trail loop offers riders a choice of two trailhead locations. One trailhead is located on OH-3 across from Mohican State Park’s Class A Campground. The other is located on Mohican Road 51, near the former Mohican Youth Camp.

The AllTrails website has descriptions and maps of hikes in Mohican State Forest and Mohican State Park.


  • Restrooms on site

Content from Official Website and Ohio Ornithological Society