The Wayne National Forest is within a few hours drive of several metropolitan areas such as Columbus, Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Pittsburgh. Yet it retains an air of nostalgia, with covered bridges, rockshelters, springs and rugged hills covered with hardwood and pine, visitors to the Wayne are welcome to camp, hike, hunt, and fish.
Our boundaries surround a checkerboard pattern of ownership, with public and private ownership interspersed. Care must be taken to stay on Wayne National Forest lands and respect private property.
There are over 300 miles of trails on the forest for hiking, off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding, moutain biking, or horseback riding, however these trails are closed from December 16-April 14 each year. Trails are open year round to hiking. Trail systems may be open to more than one type of use, so please yield to other users.
Forest orders explain regulations, closed areas and prohibit the use of alcohol on OHV trails and requires these riders to wear a helmet and eye protection. There is a new Forest order with new regulations posted for 2013. For more information on our OHV areas click on OHV Riding/Camping in the left hand column. Each item to the left expands on a type of recreation activity.
On the Wayne National Forest, special use permit holders, such as outfitters and guides, may provide services to public land users.
The Wayne National Forest announces recreation fee waiver dates during summer and fall of 2016.
- Saturday, June 11, in observance of National Get Outdoors Day. Applies to all non-National Recreation Reservation System recreation sites & to all trails.
- Saturday, Sept. 24, in observance of National Public Lands Day. Applies to all non-National Recreation Reservation System recreation sites & to all trails.
- Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. Applies to trails only.
The fee waiver does not include Leith Run Campground and its group picnic shelters, Oak Hill Campground, Iron Ridge Campground, Two Points Group Campground and Picnic Shelter, and Lake Vesuvius’ Roadside and Furnace Group Picnic Shelters.
For information on trails, activities, or recreation areas, check out our recreation brochures.
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