OHV Riding & Camping

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A Premier Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System

As the largest off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail system in Ohio, The Wayne is known for its premier OHV trails. The Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding OHVs on four different designated trail systems on both the Athens and Ironton ranger districts.

Trails by Area

Athens Ranger District - Athens Area

The Athens Unit is located in Athens, Hocking, Perry, and Vinton counties. Total acreage is 72,843 acres. Visitor information can be obtained from the Wayne National Forest Welcome Center.

Trail System

Ironton Ranger District

The Ironton Ranger District is located in Lawrence, Scioto, Gallia, and Jackson counties. Total acreage is 107,090 acres. Visitor information can be obtained from the Ironton Ranger Station.

Trail Systems

Rules and Regulations

Following the full list of rules and regulations is the best way that you can help keep the trails open and safe for everyone.

Trail Availability

  • Trails are seasonally closed to off-highway vehicle use from winter to early spring. Visit our Recreation page to see seasonal open and close dates for the current year.
  • OHVs are only permitted on designated trails marked with orange diamonds.

Passes, Permits, and Registration

  • All riders and passengers 16 years of age and older must have a valid WNF trail permit. Fee Free Weekends excluded.
  • Any OHV operator 16 years of age and older have in their possession a valid state driver’s license or provisional license (learner’s permit/restricted license).
  • Any person less than 16 years of age, must be accompanied by a licensed operator 18 years of age or older.
  • All OHVs must be legally registered in the rider's home state or be temporarily registered with the Ohio BMV

Trail Etiquette

T.R.E.A.D. Lightly

  • Travel only where permitted. Stay on the trail.
  • Respect other trail users. Yield to hikers, horse riders, and bikers.
  • Educate yourself with maps and guides.
  • Avoid streams, wildlife, and disturbing vegetation.
  • Drive responsibility and protect yourself, others, and the environment.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities