Special Places

Our entire Forest is a special place!

Visit the Wayne to:

  • enjoy nature and beautiful scenery
  • fish or hunt
  • hike, ride horses, ATVs, or mountain bikes 
  • camp or picnic
  • watch birds and see wildflowers 
  • canoe down a river or drive a scenic byway
  • build a campfire and visit with friends

There's something for almost everyone. We have two scenic byways, many historic sites, and the communities in southeastern Ohio offer hospitality and attractions to compliment your visit. Whatever interests you in the great out-of-doors, there's bound to be something on the Wayne National Forest to interest you. Come out and explore America's Great Outdoors! 

Points of Interest

Downloadable brochure for points of interest on the Athens District (Athens and Marietta Units)

Downloadable brochure for Special Areas on the Forest (ecologically special places - these areas do not all have trails or parking access points).

Athens Unit

 

Marietta Unit

Ironton Unit 

 

Highlighted Areas

Oak Hill Campground

Reservations can be made through http://www.recreation.gov .

The new campground is beautifully designed with 32 RV sites and one group site. All campsites are fully accessible with water and electrical hook-ups. Two new flush restrooms with showers and one new vault restroom were installed. Campsite # 2, 11, 20, and 21 are not reservable because they have been designated for hosts or volunteers.

The 50-person capacity group site is called Two Points Group Campground. 

This family campground is located on a ridge on the west side of Lake Vesuvius.

There are 4 hiking trails that connect to different parts of this campground and boat dock. The Rock House, Black Oak, Old Beach, and Scarlet Oak Trails form a 1.5 mile loop with a 200-foot elevation change.

Black Oak Trail starts along the Rock House Trail and leads to Oak Hill Campground at the Black Oak parking area. The elevation change is 140 feet from the bottom to top of this 0.34 mile trail.

White Oak Trail is 0.14 miles and is a short cut between the Black Oak Trail and the White Oak Camping Loop.

Old Beach Trail is 0.61 miles long and starts at the Black Oak parking area in Oak Hill Campground. The trail follows the scenic old beach road to the Scarlet Oak Loop of Oak Hill campground.

Scarlet Oak Trail is 0.45 miles long and starts at the Scarlet Oak Loop of the Oak Hill Campground and ends at the boat dock. The elevation change in this trail is approximately 200 feet.

Chart on Oak Hill Campground Trails.
 


Frontier Boat Launch

This boat launch facility is located in Washington County north of Marietta on State Route 7 along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. The 6 acre site includes 70 parking spaces for trucks and trailers plus additional parking for cars. There ramp is wide enough that two vehicles can launch a boat at one time. The parking area is open all night seven days a week, so overnight parking of vehicles and trailers is allowed.

For a flier with a large map of the area click here (prints best on 11 x 17 but can be printed on smaller paper.)

Dimensions:

  • Ramp is 30 feet wide
  • Concrete portion with piers is 87 feet long
  • Total ramp length is 250 feet long
  • 15% slope

Other useful info:
There is good site distance at the launch.
Frontier Boat Launch accesses the Willow Island Pool, bounded by Hannibal Locks & Dam on northern end and Willow Island Locks & Dam on southern end.

Each of the websites below leave the Wayne NF website.

Hannibal Locks & Dam (Pittsburgh District)
http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/nav/hanni.htm

Willow Island Locks and Dam (Huntington District)
http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/projects/locks/wio/

Ohio River Navigation Chart (Willow Island Pool)
http://www.lrd.usace.army.mil/_kd/Items/actions.cfm?action=Show&item_id=3209&destination=ShowItem

Pamphlet on "Locking through"
http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/pubs/celrpp_1130_1_10.pdf
 

A $2,247.055 grant was provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft through their Cooperative Boating Access Facilities Grant Program to build this facility.

GPS coordinates for this site are: 39 degrees, 28' 1.56" N, 81 degrees, 6' 57.599' W


Wayne National Forest Welcome Center

The office of the Athens Ranger District and the Supervisors Office for the Wayne National Forest have a Welcome Center on U.S. 33 which serves as a reception area for visitors to the Forest.


Covered Bridge Scenic Byway

The National Forest Covered Bridge Scenic Byway follows State Route 26 from Marietta to Woodsfield, Ohio. For most of its length, it parallels the Little Muskingum River. The scenic byway traverses some of Ohio's most beautiful countryside and many choose to stop along its route, to camp and savor the natural beauty of this area. There are five campgrounds along the byway. The Scenic Byway is a self-guided tour to interpret 35 miles of scenery and history along the Little Muskingum River. To guide you along the tour, look for the tour markers that will lead you to each of the ten stops. The tour is approximately four hours, plus one hour to return to Marietta. For a shorter tour, omit Stops #9 and #10 and return by S.R. 260.

For a map of the byway click here.


Areas & Activities