The Ridges--Radar Hill Area

The Ridges--Radar Hill Area

Ohio University Athens, Ohio 45701

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Birds of Interest

Breeding birds include Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie and Blue-winged Warblers, and an abundance of Eastern Towhees, Field Sparrows, and Indigo Buntings. Starting in mid-February, the iconic peent calls of American Woodcocks can be heard at dusk in that area and farther south on the blue trail (closer to the parking lot). During the 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count, Melissa Wales (OOS Southeast Regional Director) was thrilled to see four Sandhill Cranes fly over while enjoying the Woodcocks.

About this Location

The trail to Radar Hill is a gently sloping gravel road up through fields that can be accessed from the parking lot off Dairy Lane. From that parking lot, follow the blue trail about a half mile to a T-junction, then turn left on the red trail for approximately 0.2 mile to the top of the hill. The brushy area surrounding that T-junction tends to be particularly “birdy” in all seasons.

About Ohio University

The Athens campus of Ohio University provides a beautiful setting for its students, faculty, and staff to study, work, and live. But the campus holds more than just classrooms, residence halls, and offices. In many ways, it holds the university’s history as well.

Owned by Ohio University, The Ridges is the name given to the 700-acre complex that is the site of the former Athens Lunatic Asylum and its grounds, which included a working farm. 

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About The Ridges

Owned by Ohio University, The Ridges is the name given to the 700-acre complex that is the site of the former Athens Lunatic Asylum and its grounds, which included a working farm. It is the number 3 eBird hotspot for Athens County. The beautiful Kirkbride building is home to the Kennedy Art Museum and administrative offices. The grounds hold historic cemeteries, an observatory, an active land lab, woodlots, ravines, brushy former orchards, and regularly mowed hayfields. During World War II, there was a radar installation on the highest point of the property, which is still called Radar Hill.

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