Leith Run Recreation Area Opens June 12th

Contact(s): Dawn McCarthy, Public Affairs Officer

MARIETTA, Ohio (June 12, 2020) – On Friday, June 12, the Wayne National Forest opened the Leith Run Recreation Area, located on the Athens Ranger District, Marietta Unit. Leith Run and other developed campgrounds on the forest have been closed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“The pandemic has caused a number of challenges and changes in how we normally conduct business. We understand the impacts these changes have had on our public and their plans,“ said Athens District Ranger Jason Reed. “We are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors by providing a clean and safe environment. We appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we work toward re-opening additional areas.”

All campsites at Leith Run must be reserved through recreation.gov. Reservations may be made up to one day in advance. Walk-ins will not be allowed this year. Leith Run picnic shelters, per state group gathering limits, and all other campgrounds and developed recreation facilities on the Wayne, National Forest remain closed, as stated in Closure Order.

On the Ironton Ranger District, campgrounds at Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area (Oak Hill, Iron Ridge, and Pine Knob Campgrounds and Two Points Group Campground) remain closed due to repeated breaks and repairs in the main water line. The forest has received funding to replace the water line and is going through the steps necessary for complete replacement. Reservations through June 25 for the four Lake Vesuvius campgrounds are in the process of being cancelled and refunded. The forest is considering options for future operations of Lake Vesuvius campgrounds without water. All campers who have made reservations this year at Lake Vesuvius will have the option to cancel their reservations and receive a full refund.

Please remember to avoid congregating in recreation areas and refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

The Wayne National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Please remember to review current recommendations from coronavirus.gov along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.

For information on the projected recreation site opening dates by District and location, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne/, call your local Ranger Station, follow the Wayne National Forest on Facebook on Twitter.