The Wayne National Forest is located in the southeaster areas of Ohio.
Where is this Forest?


Wayne NF headquarters and Athens Ranger District office Welcome to the official Wayne National Forest website. The Forest is located in the hills of southeastern Ohio.

The Wayne National Forest is currently completing a study of the road system on the Wayne National Forest as required by Subpart A of the 2005 Travel Management Rule 36 CFR Part 212. A team is evaluating the risks and benefits of the use and maintenance of each road in accomplishing the Forest Service mission in a safe and efficient manner. This study does not include the 442 miles of designated off-highway vehicle trails, horse trails, hiking trails, and mountain-biking trails that are currently open for use across the Wayne National Forest.

The Forest is a patchwork ownership that covers over a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills. The Forest is divided into three units managed out of two Ranger District offices located in Nelsonville and Ironton, with a field office in Marietta.

The Forest features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.  The trails are open from April 15th through December 15th. Come visit the Wayne and hike or ride our trails!

Learn more about Wayne National Forest Travel Management.


Recent News


Kentucky Man Comes Away with a Trophy Buck from Wayne National Forest

Shane Allen with his trophy buck.

The Wayne is a popular destination for hunters. This Kentucky man got a trophy buck in 2015 in Lawrence county, Ohio. 

Printable Trail Permits and Maps


Trail permits may be purchased and downloaded online. We also offer printable maps. Traditional permits and maps are available from our offices and  local vendors.


Travel Management

The Travel Analysis Process evaluates, with public input a whole-forest view of the Forest transportation system. 


A smart phone showing the mobile tour

Check out the new mobile tour of 39 sites on the Wayne National Forest. Enjoy the Forest from your home, or, as you visit the sites listen to recorded messages with more information.


Fall Color on the Wayne

leaf image

Check out the fall colors on the Wayne National forest. 


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