Byers Woods is a 130 acre park where visitors will find varied habitats and great opportunities to enjoy nature. Four main trails traverse the park and the adjacent Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center: Prairie Trail, Woods Trail, Career Loop Trail, and Pine Loop Trail. In addition, a Bluebird Trail runs through the park.
The park includes six ponds, wetlands and vernal pools that contain seven fish species, as well as a variety of salamanders and frogs. The Big Tree Loop meanders through a 13 acre wetland forest and is dominated by massive Swamp White Oaks estimated to be over 200 years old, specimen Black Swamp Ash, and record Green Ash. Some less common animal species are found in the wooded areas of the park including Southern Flying Squirrel, Pine Vole, Jumping Mouse, Dekay Snake and Copper-belly Snake. A total of 77 bird species have been recorded to date at Byers Woods.
The installation of the Byers Woods Audubon Butterfly Garden was completed in 2003. The garden includes plant species native to North Central Ohio and serves as an educational tool for nature education in our community.
GMAS Beginners’ Bird Walks: Birders of all skill levels are welcome at these walks, which are free and open to the public. Bird walks occur the fourth Saturday of the month, from 9-11 a.m. If your class, group or organization is interested in scheduling a bird walk, please contact Tim Leslie at 419.289.2626 or email@example.com. For more information, visit www.gmasohio.org.