Trail & Recreation Site Modernization 

Virtual Open House

On May 26, 2021, we held a Virtual Open House focused on identifying priorities for Great American Outdoors Act funding as well as sharing potential forest plan amendments to allow for more flexibility with seasonal trail closure dates and off-highway vehicle width limits.

View the Presentation

Our proposal would allow for more flexibility in our recreation management when it comes to trail seasonality for mountain biking, equestrian, and motorized uses. We’re also considering where management of motorized trails could be adjusted to provide for more diverse riding experiences and what opportunities could be provided for improving our recreation sites through the Great American Outdoors Act funding. These are the next steps in our effort to modernize recreation and respond to the desires we’ve heard from you.

Expanding Trail Access

We’re developing a project to modify or remove restrictions from the forest plan and replace them with more flexible restrictions in forest supervisor’s closure orders. We’re also considering what trail modifications may be made to diversify motorized recreation opportunities. Specifically, we are proposing:

  1. Amending the forest plan to remove these restrictions;
  2. Amending forest supervisor’s closure orders with more periodic flexibility;
  3. Evaluating motorized trails to a) determine which trails could be modified to support wider vehicles, specifically in the Ironton Ranger District, and b) consider converting the Long Ridge Trail System in the Athens Ranger District to single-track motorcycle trails.

To learn more details about what we’re developing, view page two of our Recreation Updates from the Wayne National Forest newsletter.

Great American Outdoors Act Priorities

The Great American Outdoors Act provides the Forest Service with new opportunities to deliver benefits to the public through major investments in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation. The funding that comes with the Act is meant to address deferred maintenance on Federal public lands. Deferred maintenance occurs when routine maintenance of infrastructure—such as a trailhead parking lot or campground restroom—cannot be completed on schedule.

Like all other national forests, the Wayne National Forest has a deferred maintenance backlog. As we begin planning for how best to prioritize what could be requested for the new Great American Outdoors Act funding, we’re interested to hear where our stakeholders—like you—think our priorities should be. We have ideas about our biggest needs, and we would like your input as we prioritize our proposals and consider what environmental analysis or decisions we may have to make.

Submit Feedback

We are looking for your targeted feedback! We are accepting public feedback on a proposal being developed to amend the forest plan to increase recreational trail opportunities, as well as any feedback you might have regarding potential Great American Outdoors Act priorities. This feedback period is occurring prior to the start of the National Environmental Review Act (NEPA) process. An additional comment opportunity will occur in the future as part of the NEPA process once the proposal is fully developed and analyzed.

Your comments are requested by 6/25/2021.