LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION
This 114-acre wildlife area is located in Symmes Township and lies 2.3 miles northwest of Waterloo in Lawrence County. Access is obtained from Township Road 320, also known as Old Forest Ridge Road.
HISTORY AND PURPOSE
Symmes Wildlife Area was obtained in 1990 as a gift from John W. Hall. Management work includes protection and improvement of existing woodlands with the main emphasis on forest game management.
White-tailed deer, wild turkey, and gray squirrel are the principal game species. All furbearers common to the region are also found on the area. A variety of woodland songbirds are attracted to Symmes Wildlife Area, including the scarlet tanager, pileated woodpecker, red-headed woodpecker, ovenbird, and various other songbirds.
The area is popular for hunting gray squirrel, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Oak-hickory stands scattered throughout the area provide excellent habitat for squirrel and the wild turkey.
PUBLIC USE FACILITIES
Access to the area is gained from parking along Old Forest Ridge Road (Twp 320) about 2 miles from the intersection of SR 141 and Old Forest Ridge Road.
The nearest Wildlife district office is located at 360 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701-1895; phone (740) 589-9930. Further information may be obtained from the Cooper Hollow Area Manager, 5403 C. H. & D. Road, Oak Hill, Ohio 45656; phone (740) 682-7524.
The Division of Wildlife enforces all state laws on these lands including hunting regulations. Enforcement priorities include prohibiting litter, off-road vehicle use, and timber theft and destruction.
TURN IN A POACHER
Ohio’s TIP, “Turn In a Poacher,” program is helping to curtail poaching throughout the state. TIP is designed to involve the public in reporting wildlife violations. Citizens who observe wildlife violations should call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.