Connect with Nature in Trumbull County

- By Alexia Kemerling -

Lakeview Recreation Area by Kevin Kopanski

Bald eagles soaring near their nests. Yellow and gray prothonotary warblers darting up tree trunks. Wood ducks bobbing their heads in the water, iridescent feathers shimmering in the sun. These are just a few of the sights you'll see when you immerse yourself in the woodlands and waterways of Trumbull County.

Whether you're a seasoned pro with a pair of binoculars stashed in your car and a field notebook in your pocket, or just a curious traveler looking to connect to nature, Trumbull County is an ideal location for birding. Bald eagles, golden eagles, indigo buntings, scarlet tanagers, sandhill cranes and pileated woodpeckers are some of the many birds that can be spotted in the county.

"We have an extraordinary variety of species here because we have such a large body of water in Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area," says Jamey Emmert, communications specialist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. "We get waterfowl who come for the lake and other birds who come here to stop and replenish. Some of the best times to see birds are the worst days for humans. If it's nasty outside, that's a good time to see ducks and other waterfowl."

Bald Eagles by Nick Kerosky

Drawn to the Skies

If you're a serious birder, it won't take much convincing to add Trumbull County to your travel list — read on to discover area hot spots. If you love the outdoors and are planning a visit to the area, here are a few reasons why birding is the perfect excursion:

Birding encourages you to take things slow and connect with nature. Often, swept up in the hustle and bustle of life, we can move so quickly that we miss out on amazing things. Choosing to walk slowly and quietly will help you stay present in the moment, giving you the chance to observe amazing things and rejuvenate your physical and mental health.

This free activity requires no experience, little to no supplies, and can be done anywhere and anytime! Though binoculars will help you get a closer look at these feathered creatures, they are not required. You can bird by listening for distinct calls echoing in the trees or observing with your naked eye.

From kids to adults, birding is for all ages. If you're hiking with young kids, teaching them to use binoculars can be a fun activity to keep them engaged. Learning to recognize different species can be an entertaining pastime for all ages.

Green Heron Close Up by Nick Kerosky

Get Started Planning Your Visit

Dreaming of a getaway is easy; planning one takes work. Luckily, the details come effortlessly in Trumbull County, which offers endless recreational opportunities, a variety of lodging options, and a culinary scene guaranteed to delight.

From winding rivers and open lakes to rolling green hills to wooded trails, Trumbull County’s landscape is a haven for outdoor adventure. You can golf, hike, bike, fish, and kayak all in one trip.

Sleep under the stars at one of the region’s many campgrounds or book a luxurious room in a resort, bed & breakfast, or hotel.

What’s on the menu in Trumbull County? Just about everything. Be sure to dine on the region’s Italian Food Trail and save room for sweets at the numerous bakeries around town.