Hamilton County, Ohio
Restored Wetlands, A Birding Hotspot
Returning the land drainage to its pre-agricultural pattern restored this wetlands complex. Wetland plants sprouted from old seeds still present in the soil bank. Great Parks established a native-plant nursery and introduced additional native species. Some 465 species of native plants now occur in the 600-acre wetland-grassland complex. The restored wetlands support diverse animal communities, including more than 240 recorded species of birds.
Paved and gravel-surfaced, level trails make this site fully handicapped accessible.
Protected by Great Parks of Hamilton County
Shaker Trace Wetlands is part of Miami Whitewater Forest. Great Parks purchased the land from private owners beginning in 1989.
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How to Find Shaker Trace Wetlands
Visitors access the site via the Outer Loop Shaker Trace Trail north of Baughman Road. A parking lot is on Baughman Road just west of the trail. A gravel path to a bird blind overlooking the wetlands leads off the multi-use trail in about 0.2 miles. Unofficial, grassy trails also lead along a levee from the parking area to the blind.