The Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area is a 5,735-acre addition to Ohio’s public lands. The Appalachian Hills Wildlife Area surrounds the Jesse Owens Wildlife Area, which in turn surrounds the Jesse Owens State Park.
Largemouth bass and bluegill are the predominant species of fish in the ponds and wetlands. White-tailed deer, cottontail rabbit, turkey, mourning dove, squirrel, and grouse are the principal game species. Also, this area is becoming increasingly popular as a bird watching destination. Many bird species, some rare, are found throughout the unique grassland/brushland landscape.
Jesse Owens and Appalachian Hills Wildlife Areas are popular destinations for hunting, fishing, trapping, and other forms of wildlife recreation. Scattered ponds which were created through the reclamation process provide fishing prospects for anglers. The combination of woodland, open areas, and islands of vegetation left undisturbed during the mining process creates transitional zones that provide brushy and reverting fields. These areas are prime habitat components that provide excellent hunting opportunities. The diverse nature of these areas also provides the opportunity for trappers to pursue nearly all Ohio furbearers.