Alerts & Notices

Special Orders

We may occasionally close roads or parts of the Forest for public health and safety, or to protect natural resources.


The following is a summary of Special Orders which pertain to the Wayne National Forest. These orders establish certain travel regulations, closures, and other restrictions on the use of the Wayne National Forest. Direct specific questions to the District Ranger's office.  

All orders are shown as pdf files. PDF files require the Acrobat Reader program. You can download the Acrobat Reader free of charge.



Effective Date

Termination Date



Closure of National Forest Roads to Entry

25 May 2010

25 May 2015

320 kb


Closure of National Forest Roads and Trails

25 May 2010

25 May 2015

2,302 kb


Closure of Special Areas

26 May 2010

26 May 2015

12,359 kb


Closures at Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

26 May 2010

26 May 2015

1,578 kb


Closures at Timbre Ridge Lake

26 May 2010

26 May 2015

805 kb


OHV Safety Regulations- Alcohol Prohibition and Helmet Requirement (Includes Maps of areas:

13 January 2011 13 January 2016 1,095 Kb
14-01-2013 Prohibitions on the Wayne National Forest 30 April 2013 30 September 2018 2,000 Kb
14-01-2014 Restricting Occupancy and Use of Haught Run Area 6 June 2014 6 December 2014 949 kb
14-01-2015 Closure Order for underground mines, tunnels and iron furnaces 3/23/2015 Indef 2.10 MB
14-02-2016 Archers Fork Loop Closure 15 January 2016 Indef 755 kb
14-07-2016 Hune Bridge Campground Closure 11 October 2016 11 December 2016 915 kb


  • Haught Run Campground Closed
  • Lane Farm Canoe Launch Closed
  • Polaris Recalls RZR Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard


  • Critical Haught Run Closed
  • Lane Farm Canoe Launch


Road Conditions

Know the condition and status of highways and roads en route to your destination. Good planning can save you time!



Before traveling or going outdoors to recreate, it's good to check the current weather and weather forecast. Local conditions can change quickly. Be well prepared so you can enjoy your trip!

Public Notices

The Threat of the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer poses a real threat to our eastern forests. Please help us protect the ash trees on the Wayne National Forest by doing your part to keep this invasive insect our of southeastern Ohio.