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Black Fork Bottoms Hunting Area

This 127-acre property previously belonged to Tom and Pat Gordon. The Ashland Chapter of Pheasants Forever purchased the land from the Gordons in 2006 and donated it to Ashland County Park District with the condition that the site be maintained as a public hunting area and park.

The park contains several unique habitats including swamp forest, marsh, grassland, and upland forest. The bottoms area of the park is swamp forest where green dragon, a rare wildflower, can be seen. The marsh habitat is home to a variety of native plants including an aquatic carnivorous plant, the bladderwort, and also serves as a breeding ground for waterfowl such as Canada geese and the endangered trumpeter swan. Muskrat lodges dot the marsh and provide nesting platforms for waterfowl.

The grassland is former farmland that has been replanted and now supports a variety of animals including rabbits, deer, and grassland birds. The upland forest contains many native trees including oak, shagbark hickory, sugar maple, and American beech. The front area of the park is primarily grassland that is maintainted as an area for upland game hunting. There’s also a 12×20 pavilion that overlooks the smaller prairie near the paved parking lot. The back half of the park is primarily forested with two large marshes created by beaver dams. Park visitors can enjoy two miles of hiking trails.

Park Amenities

1457 Co Rd 42B
Ashland, Ohio 44805
GPS Coordinates
40° 49′ 2.1108” N
82° 24′ 10.7712” W