Caesar Creek SP--Hopewell Day Lodge

Tips for Birding

There is a parking area right in front of the lodge and it can be used even when it is reserved because there are several public trails around the lodge. These trails follow the edge of the lake in an older growth forest with many oak and beech trees. A scope is not necessary as it is more of an “in the woods hike,” although you can see the lake at a few vantage points. Due to the old growth forest this area is good in the spring for warblers, cuckoos, flycatchers, thrushes, and more. This is also a good area for woodpeckers and the occasional roosting owl.

About this Location

The Hopewell Day Lodge offers a beautiful and well equipped place to hold celebrations, reunions, or any other gathering. It is day facility only with no overnight accommodations. It has a capacity of around 60 and includes tables & chairs, a kitchen with a full sized stove & refrigerator, microwave & coffee pot, restrooms, gas fireplace, picnic tables, outside grills, kids sandbox, and of course, hiking trails.

The Day Lodge is located off Clarksville Road. Clarksville Road is located off of OH-73 East/West or off of Oregonia Road. Follow Clarksville Road to Middletown Road. There is a large sign at the intersection of Middletown and Clarksville Road leading you to the Day Lodge. ​

About Caesar Creek State Park

The Caesar Creek State Park area sits astride the crest of the Cincinnati Arch, a convex tilting of bedrock layers caused by an ancient upheaval. Younger rocks lie both east and west of this crest where some of the oldest rocks in Ohio are exposed. The sedimentary limestones and shales tell of a sea hundreds of millions of years in our past which once covered the state. The park’s excellent fossil finds give testimony to the life of this long vanished body of water.

The forests of the area are comprised of over 65 species of plants. Several major communities thrive in the area. A northern flood plain forest is found in the valley, while mixed associations of oak-hickory and beech-maple woodlands clothe the ridges and hillsides. Red-tail hawk, white-tail deer, raccoon, red fox and box turtle make the park their home.

There are numerous restrooms in Caesar Creek State Park, but most are closed during the cold months. The Visitor’s Center has flush toilets available when the Center is open.

Content from Caesar Creek State Park website, Jason Cade, and Ohio Ornithological Society