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


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

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!

Below the video themed “Don’t Ruin the Ride” is aimed at off-highway vehicle riders who use public lands for riding on designated trails. As the largest off-highway vehicle trail system in Ohio, land managers on the Wayne National Forest are optimistic the video will encourage riders to ride responsibly, while being mindful of natural resources. The video was produced in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest and the American Motorcyclist Association/All-Terrain Vehicle Association to promote safe and legal use.



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Hunting the Wayne National Forest

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The Wayne is a popular destination for hunters. Check out the Ohio DNR website for information on hunting licenses and seasons, and the Wayne website for maps and information on areas available for hunting.  

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.


2011-2012 Year in Review

2011-2012 Year in Review

The Year in Review for 2011 and 2012 is now available highlighting projects from the Wayne National Forest for the past two years.


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.


Endangered Species Return to the Forest

American burying beetle and dead rodent.

For the fourth year endangered American burying beetle were released on the Wayne NF. The beetle had been extirpated from Ohio since 1974 when it was last seen in Hocking County.


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