The 377-acre Turkey Ridge Wildlife Area, located approximately three miles south of New Plymouth on State Route 328, consists predominantly of clear-cut woodland within the Appalachian Foothills Focus Area. It connects to Zaleski State Forest, and will be managed to provide forestland habitat. Turkey Ridge consists of 80 percent forestland, 19.5 percent open land, and less than one percent of wetlands and open water.

History

The Ohio Division of Wildlife acquired the Turkey Ridge Wildlife Area in September 2004. The wildlife area will be managed as one forestland unit with management efforts focusing on maintaining boundaries and access.

Attractions

The area provides limited fishing. Access to Raccoon Creek allows angling opportunities for largemouth bass, bullhead catfish, and bluegill. Excellent hunting opportunities abound. The major game species are cottontail rabbit, white-tailed deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, and squirrel. Most all furbearers common to the region also occur on the area. A variety of songbirds, reptiles, and amphibians also live on the area in association with the mixture of habitat types.
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