Wayne National Forest Welcome Center

Area Status: Closed
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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday- Friday throughout the year. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Fees: Free
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Nelsonville and Athens OH are each 4-5 miles away in opposite directions
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Wayne National Forest, 13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764; 740-753-0101

General Information

Directions: On the North side of U.S. 33 between Nelsonville and Athens. GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the office are 39 deg 24' 9.38" / 81 deg 10' 0.24".

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Interpretive Areas

At this office we have a restored lookout tower which by appointment we allow people to climb. We also have a pollinator garden which people can walk among and see the different native plants. There is additional interpretive signage around the building and pollinator garden.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Visitor Centers

This visitor center is the headquarters office and has a large reception area with panels about the history of southeastern Ohio's resources and how the national forest came to be. The panels describe how past industries have impacted the land and what the Forest has done to restore the land. There are also changing exhibits within the center on a variety of other topics.

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Recreation Areas

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