Each spring, the fields and forest floors of Ohio’s state parks and forests are scoured by thousands of mushroom hunters. Depending on where you live, mid-April through May is prime mushroom time in Ohio and while several species of Ohio mushrooms are fit for the dinner plate, the most passionately pursued is the morel.
Many state parks permit the hunting of mushrooms but special rules do apply, so contact the park office at each park you plan to visit. When collecting on state park land, collectors must remain on the trail. Off-trail collecting is prohibited.
Did you know that Ohio has a Mushroom Society? Formed in 1973, The Ohio Mushroom Society has widespread membership mainly in Ohio, but also in several surrounding states. Their goal is to increase their members’ appreciation and knowledge of wild mushrooms in an informal, enjoyable manner. Those who wish may go on to acquire an extensive background in mycology, the scientific study of fungi. Their membership ranges from the beginning collector to the professional mycologist and includes several mycophagists (mushroom eaters), photographers, artists, toxicologists and nature enthusiasts. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join. You can find more information on the Ohio Mushroom Society website.