Alerts & Notices

Please be aware of all Special Orders, Conditions, and Public Notices when visiting the Wayne National Forest. This information can assist you in preparing for a safe visit. Special Orders update the legal usage of the forest and may change as conditions or land management requirements evolve.

Special Orders

Special Orders establish certain travel regulations, closures, and other restrictions on the use of the Forest for public health and safety purposes, or to protect natural resources. Please direct specific questions regarding a special order to your local District Ranger's office.



Order Description

Effective Date

Effective Until

09-14-21-03 Lake Vesuvius Water Line Project 09/01/2021 Indef.
09-14-21-01 Lake Vesuvius Boardwalk 03/04/2021 Indef.
09-14-25-2020 Baileys Gun Hunting Season Closure 11/20/2020 Indef.
09-14-20-24 Telegraph Trail Closure Order 08/02/2020 Indef.
09-14-04-2019 Wolcott Trail Closure - Southwestern Section 08/22/2019 Indef.
14-01-2018 Prohibitions on the Wayne National Forest 10/01/2018 11/30/2023
14-01-2015 Closure Order for underground mines, tunnels and iron furnaces 3/23/2015 Indef.


  • Daily Closures for Telegraph Trail
  • Forest Open to Visitors


Road Conditions

Know the condition and status of highways and roads en route to your destination. Good planning can save you time!



Before traveling or going outdoors to recreate, it's good to check the current weather and weather forecast. Local conditions can change quickly. Be well prepared so you can enjoy your trip!

Public Notices

The Threat of the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer poses a real threat to our eastern forests. Please help us protect the ash trees on the Wayne National Forest by doing your part to keep this invasive insect our of southeastern Ohio.