Monday Creek Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Riders covered in mud sit on OHVs smiling

The Monday Creek area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding off-highway vehicle (OHVs). This trail system, north of Nelsonville, provides approximately 75 miles of designated trails to off-highway vehicle riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. Loading ramps are available at the New Straitsville and White Oak Trailheads.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Trails are seasonally closed to off-highway vehicle and mountain bike use from winter to early spring. Visit our Recreation page to see seasonal open and close dates for the current year.
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
  • Open year-round for hiking.
Fees: Requires OHV Trail Permit.
Usage: Heavy
  • Wayne National Forest OHV Trail Permit required
  • State of Ohio APV Registration required
  • No vehicles greater than 50 inches wide allowed
  • Possession of alcohol is prohibited on the Wayne National Forest per Ohio’s Open Container Law.
  • Helmets and protective eye-wear required.
  • Passengers may ride only if vehicle is designed by manufacturer to carry passengers.
Closest Towns: Nelsonville, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilets available as part of Monday Creek Trail System
Operated By: Athens Ranger District - (740) 753-0101

General Information


Restrooms at trailhead are accessible. 

General Notes:

Maps of the Monday Creek OHV Trail System can be found on out OHV Trail Maps page. Maps are also provided when you purchase a trail permit.

Over the past four years, 18 old wooden bridges have been upgraded to concrete or steel trail bridges. Additionally, restroom facilities at trailheads have been upgraded to meet accessibility requirements. 


Ample parking is available at trailheads.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

All 75 miles of the Monday Creek Trail System are availabe to All-terrain vehicles, Off-highway vehicles, hikers, and mountain bikes

Dispersed Camping

Camping is allowed at the trailhead only during open season.

Day Hiking

This trail is designed primarily for All-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles but hikers are welcome. Loops of a variety of lengths offer hikers many different distances depending on the time they have available.

OHV Camping

Camping is allowed at three of the five trailheads in the Dorr Run Area, at Monday Creek access and at the New Straitsville Trailhead on 595.  Please do not limit other’s use of the area with your campsite. 

Fire Information
  • You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10 foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks.
  • Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp.
  • No bonfires are allowed.
  • No standing or green trees may be cut.
  • Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.
No. of Sites 8
Reservation Info No
No. of Accessible sites 0

OHV Trail Riding

This 75 mile trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs. Loops of a variety of lengths offer riders many different lengths and a variety of challenges depending on the time they have available and their skill level.

Class of Vehicle under 50 inches in width
Staging Area At trailhead

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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