Spring Valley Wildlife Area

Warren County, Ohio

Rare Habitats, Notable Biodiversity

This wildlife area north of Waynesville holds an 80-acre lake fringed by wet meadow and marsh, habitats that are rare in the region. The wetlands support infrequently observed animals such as rails and the massasauga, the region’s only remaining rattlesnake species (classified as state endangered). Birders have identified more than 230 species here. A 2.5-mile observation trail circles the marsh, and a paved road provides access to the lake.

Protected by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife

The State of Ohio began purchasing the area in 1953. The Sinclair Fur Farm formerly occupied the site.

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How to Find Spring Valley Wildlife Area

The area office is on Roxanna-New Burlington Road one mile east of US-42. Just past the headquarters, turn south on Pence-Jones Road. The circle trail departs from a parking lot 0.3 miles on the right. Continuing south to the end of Pence-Jones and Collett Roads provides access to the south and west sides of the lake.

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