Leith Run Recreation Area Reopens

Release Date: Sep 7, 2018  

Contact(s): Gary C. Chancey, Public Affairs Officer (740) 753-0862


NELSONVILLE, Ohio – The Wayne National Forest announces that the Leith Run Recreation Area in Washington County has reopened for visitors.

The site was closed after a late winter Ohio River flood caused significant damage to the electrical and waste water systems in the campground. The campground had to be cleaned and the utilities had to be repaired before the recreation area was reopened to the public.

“The Wayne National Forest is happy to be able to reopen the recreation area,” said Jason Reed, district ranger for the Athens Ranger District. “We have completed the necessary repairs to provide a safe, enjoyable site again.”

The campground and group picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These facilities cannot be reserved through the national reservation system at www.recreation.gov.

Leith Run will be closed for the season on Monday, October 15, 2018.

For more information about the Wayne National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and Facebook.

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The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.

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