Special Places

Our entire Forest is a special place!

Visit the Wayne to:

  • enjoy nature and beautiful scenery
  • fish or hunt
  • hike, ride horses, ATVs, or mountain bikes 
  • camp or picnic
  • watch birds and see wildflowers 
  • canoe down a river or drive a scenic byway
  • build a campfire and visit with friends

There's something for almost everyone. We have two scenic byways, many historic sites, and the communities in southeastern Ohio offer hospitality and attractions to compliment your visit. Whatever interests you in the great outdoors, there's bound to be something on the Wayne National Forest to interest you. Come out and explore America's Great Outdoors! 

Points of Interest

Downloadable brochure for points of interest on the Athens District (Athens and Marietta Units)

Downloadable brochure for Special Areas on the Forest (ecologically special places - these areas do not all have trails or parking access points).

Athens Unit


Marietta Unit

Ironton Unit 


Highlighted Areas

Wayne National Forest Welcome Center

The Wayne National Forest Welcome Center located on U.S. 33 between Nelsonville and Athens, Ohio serves as a reception area for visitors. It is also the office of the Athens Ranger District-Athens Unit and the Forest Supervisors Office.

Covered Bridge Scenic Byway

The National Forest Covered Bridge Scenic Byway (Map) follows State Route 26 from Marietta to Woodsfield, Ohio. For most of its length, it parallels the Little Muskingum River. The scenic byway traverses some of Ohio's most beautiful countryside and many choose to stop along its route, to camp and savor the natural beauty of this area. There are four campgrounds along the byway. The Scenic Byway is a self-guided tour to interpret 35 miles of scenery and history along the Little Muskingum River. To guide you along the tour, look for the tour markers that will lead you to each of the ten stops. The tour is approximately four hours, plus one hour to return to Marietta. For a shorter tour, omit Stops #9 and #10 and return by S.R. 260.

Brochure on this scenic byways and its stops.

Oak Hill Campground

The new campground is beautifully designed with 27 RV (includes Pine Knob Loop) sites and one group site (Two Points Group Camp). All campsites are fully accessible with water and electrical hook-ups. Two new flush restrooms with showers and one new vault restroom were installed. Campsites 2, 11, 19, 20, and 21 are not reservable. The sites have been designated for hosts or volunteers.

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.

Frontier Boat Launch

A concrete walkway lined be multicolored rocks is surrounded by a deep blue body of water.

This boat launch facility is located in Washington County north of Marietta on State Route 7 along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. The 6 acre site includes 70 parking spaces for trucks and trailers plus additional parking for cars. There ramp is wide enough that two vehicles can launch a boat at one time. The parking area is open all night seven days a week, so overnight parking of vehicles and trailers is allowed.

For a flier with a large map of the area click here (prints best on 11 x 17 but can be printed on smaller paper.)


  • Ramp is 30 feet wide
  • Concrete portion with piers is 87 feet long
  • Total ramp length is 250 feet long
  • 15% slope

Other useful info:
There is good site distance at the launch.
Frontier Boat Launch accesses the Willow Island Pool, bounded by Hannibal Locks & Dam on northern end and Willow Island Locks & Dam on southern end.

Each of the websites below leave the Wayne NF website.

Hannibal Locks & Dam (Pittsburgh District)

Willow Island Locks and Dam (Huntington District)

A $2,247.055 grant was provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft through their Cooperative Boating Access Facilities Grant Program to build this facility.

GPS coordinates for this site are: 39 degrees, 28' 1.56" N, 81 degrees, 6' 57.599' W