Recreation

Catching fish at Timbre Ridge Lake

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.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Burr Oak Cove Campground Closed to Visitor
Frontier Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Hanging Rock OHV Trail System Closed to Visitor OHV trail systems are closed from 12/16 to 4/15 to OHVs and mountain bikes. The Hanging Rock ponds and parking areas are open year-round.
Haught Run Campground Closed to Visitor
Hune Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor
Kinderhook Horse Trail Closed to Visitor
Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area Open to Visitor The day use picnic areas, boat dock and hiking trail are open year-round. Camping, picnic shelters, and beach are closed for the winter from October 27 until April 3, 2015. The beach reopens May 22, 2015.
Lamping Homestead Open to Visitor
Lane Farm Campground Closed to Visitor
Leith Run Recreation Area Closed to Visitor
Monday Creek OHV Trail System Closed to Visitor The Monday Creek OHV Trail System is closed to OHVs and moutain bikes for the winter from 12/16-4/4.
Monroe Outlook Open to Visitor
North Country Trail Open to Visitor
Oak Hill Campground Closed to Visitor
Ohio View Trail Open to Visitor
Ora Anderson Nature Trail Open to Visitor
Pine Creek OHV Trail System Closed to Visitor The Pine Creek Trail Systems are closed for the winter from 12/16 to 4/14 to OHVs and mountain bikes.
Ring Mill Campground Open to Visitor
Sand Run Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Scenic River Trail Open to Visitor
Stone Church Horse Camp and Trail Closed to Visitor
Superior OHV Trail System Closed to Visitor The Superior OHV Trail System is closed for the winter from 12/16 to 4/14 to OHVs and mountain bikes.
Vesuvius Horse Trail Closed to Visitor Vesuvius Horse Trail System is closed for the witner from 12/16 to 4/14. The Paddle Creek Horse Camp is open year-round.
Wildcat Hollow Hiking Trail Open to Visitor

Spotlights

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.