Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Ledges / Hemlock and Mixed Ravine Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 41.220793, -81.511774

The cool, moist hemlock and yellow
birch forests along the towering
sandstone ledges provide us an
opportunity to watch birds in an area
more typical of the mixed evergreen
forests of Canada. The Ritchie Ledges
are a micro-environment, a small area
that creates its own environment.
As water slowly flows through the
sandstone, it keeps this place cooler
during the summer than the surrounding
areas, providing a specialized bird
habitat. Solitary vireos, winter wrens,
hermit thrushes, and black-throated
green warblers are frequently observed
here during the late spring,when bird
watching is best. A few of these more
northern birds stay through the summer
and nest here.The Ritchie Ledges are
located in the Virginia Kendall area of
the national park. Parking is available
at Happy Days, Ledges Shelter, and
Octagon Shelter.