Hanging Rock OHV System

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

ATV rider chooses a fork in the trail.

The Hanging Rock area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs). This system has 26 miles of trail available for off-highway vehicle, mountain bike, and hiking use.

These trails wind through an area strip-mined in the 1960's and 1970's. Much of the upland area was badly scarred, and some areas are left with steep slopes providing challenging trails to riders. The area is also known for its fishing ponds, 51 of which are available for fishing. The ponds which are scattered along the OHV trail, lend a picturesque backdrop to an OHV ride.


At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • OHV and mountain bike riding permitted only during open season (April 15 through December 15).
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
  • Open year-round for hiking.
Fees OHV riding requires a trail permit
Open Season: April 15 - December 15
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: For OHV riding:
  • OHV Trail Permit required
  • 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: Hanging Rock Village or Ironton, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By:

Ironton Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

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


Ample parking is provided at trailheads.


Hanging Rock Trailhead - is accessed from State Highway 650 off U.S. Highway 52. Go north 3/4 mile to Forest Road 105. Stay on paved Forest Road 105 for approximately 1.5 miles to the paved trailhead parking. GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 38 deg 34' 51" / 82 deg 43' 29".

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking: This trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs but hikers are welcome. Loops of a variety of lengths offer hikers many different lengths of hikes depending on the time they have available.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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