Kinderhook Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Two men riding Kinderbrook Trail System

This is the Wayne National Forest's newest trail system which provides 12 miles of scenic riding. Horses, mountain bike riders, and hikers are welcome on this trail.The trail winds through some of the steeper hills on the Wayne National Forest. It will lead you through a variety of vegetation: open fields, brushland, mature forest, and new forest. Along the way, you may glimpse wildlife, and will recognize the influence of humans, both now and in the past. You will also pass many of our land management activities.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Horseback riding allowed only during open season (April 15-December 15).
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
  • Open year-round for hiking.
Fees No fees required. 
Open Season: April 15 - December 15
Closest Towns: Newport, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By:

Marietta Unit, Athens Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

This trailhead is part of the the Kinderhook Riding Trail. See a map of the area.


To find this campground and trailhead west of Marietta, OH:

  • Take Hwy. 7 east/north from Marietta to Newport (17 miles).
  • Turn north at the Kinderhook sign at County Road 25, two miles past Newport
  • Follow the road 0.8 miles to County Road 244 and the trailhead.


Ample parking is available at trailhead.

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Horse Camping

The trailhead is available for camping but is more a dispersed site with no designated sites or amenities.

Corrals No
Hitching Rails Yes
Loading Ramp No
Size Restrictions No
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 Not designated
Reservation Info Sites are not able to be reserved.
No. of Accessible sites None
Watering Tank No

Horse Riding

This 21-mile trail winds through the rolling hills of the Wayne National Forest.. It has been developed for horse use, but hiking is allowed.

Corrals No
Hitching Rails Yes
Loading Ramp No
Size Restrictions No
Water Availability?
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