Several Off-highway Vehicle Trailheads and Trails among Sites Reopened

Release Date: Jul 3, 2012

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

NELSONVILLE, OH– The Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio continues to make progress in reopening recreation sites after a storm hit the area causing widespread damage.

As of 4:15 p.m. today (7/3), the Forest Service has opened several off-highway vehicle (OHV) trailheads, along with over 30 miles of OHV trails located north of Nelsonville to New Straitsville, Ohio.

Forest Supervisor Anne Carey announces she is lifting the Emergency Closure Order for the following areas of the Athens and Marietta Unit of the Athens Ranger District. (Download Order 14-03-12)

Athens Unit (Download Map)

  1. Burr Oak Campground
  2. New & Old Stone Church Horse Camps (campground only)
  3. Monroe Outlook
  4. Sand Run Picnic Area
  5. Utah Ridge Pond
  6. Wildcat Hollow Trailhead (camping only)
  7. Ora Anderson Nature Trail
  8. OHV Trailheads- Sycamore, Elm, Scarlet Oak, Red Oak, New Straitsville and Monday Creek (Download Map)
  9. OHV Trails- Mine Shaft, Dorr Run Loop (between markers 18-22), Main Corridor, Snake Hollow, Williams Connector, Camp Ohio Connector, New Straitsville Loop and Connector. (Download Map)

Marietta Unit    (Download Map) 

  1. Frontier Boat Launch
  2. Lane Farm Campground
  3. Hune Bridge Campground
  4. Haught Run Campground
  5. Ring Mill Campground

Sites not listed above remain closed under the order signed on Saturday, June 30th in the interest of public health and safety.

The Forest does not expect to open any further sites until after Wednesday, July 4th.

More than 130,000 acres of the Athens Ranger District remains closed. The Ironton Ranger District is not affected by the order.

Yesterday (7/2), the Forest closed Leith Run Recreation Area until further notice. All reservations have been cancelled through Friday, July 6th. The reservation system will refund customers in full.

Highly visited areas such as the Wildcat Hollow Hiking Trail and the Kinderhook Horse Trail are still closed.

The public is urged to comply with the order until it is terminated by the Forest Supervisor.  Violations of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (16 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).

Further updates will be made available as conditions change, or you can contact the Wayne National Forest Public Affairs Staff Officer at (740) 591-7996.

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