On the circular trail through Zeller Forst (length 10 km) there are good chances to see or hear European Pied Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Black Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Firecrest and Wood Warbler. For some years the Red-breasted Flycatcher has been heard singing (absent in 2020). It is believed to be at least an irregular breeder in the Steigerwald. The circular route is admittedly long, however there is no real shortcut. If you don't have much time turn around after the first 2 or 3 km on the "Schlangenweg". In the valley pay furthermore attention to possible flying over European Honey-buzzard.
As of 2020 the former hiking car park is closed. You have to find a parking space in the village centre and walk the "Böhlstraße" (closed for public use) to the former car park (250 m). On the left you find a wooden sign post "Schlangenweg" marking the start of the "real" tour.
Leave the motorway A70 at Knetzgau and follow the signposts to the village Zell am Ebersberg. Just before leaving the latter you find on your right hand side the above mentioned "Böhlstraße" which has been closed for public use.
By public transport: You can reach Zell by bus (line 8178) from Haßfurt where the next railway station is situated.
Terrain and HabitatForest
Is a telescope useful?No
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer
Best time to visitSummer, Spring
RouteNarrow trail, Paved road
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
After rainfalls the narrow trail in the wood can be wet and slippery for days. A hiking map is certainly of good use to find the right trail (the are only few signposts and many trails).
In the main valley there are some former and renatured quarry ponds. Near Haßfurt and Augsfeld you find the Großer Wörth (good during migration with usually a small selection of common waders) with an observation tower (pay attention to Little Bittern, Bluethroat, Great Reed Warbler and other reed related species) and the Hochreinsee a bit off the road between Knetzgau and Sand am Main (the signpost is small and inconspicious).