Monday Creek OHV System

Area Status: Open
ATV rider at Monday Creek

The Monday Creek area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs). This trail system, north of Nelsonville, provides approximately 75 miles of designated trails to OHV 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, Haydenville, Butchel, and New Straitsville, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By:

Athens Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

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

In the last few years, bridges have been upgraded to concrete or steel trail bridges. Additionally, vault toilets at the trailheads have been upgraded to meet accessibility requirements. 


This trail system has 8 trailheads. The New Straitsville Trailhead is located on SR 595, 2 mi. south of New Straitsville. To get to the Dorr Run OHV Area (5 trailheads), follow the signs at the two exits off US Hwy 33, SR 595 in Haydenville and the western Nelsonville exit to the roundabout. The Monday Creek Trailhead is on CR24 between Carbon Hill and Buchtel. The Long Ridge Trailhead is on SR 78, between Buchtel and Murray City.


Parking is available at the trailheads.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

75 miles of trail are available to off-highway vehicles, mountain bikes, and hikers.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

Camping is allowed at during the OHV and mountain biking open season.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

This Trail system is designed primarily for off-highway 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.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

OHV Camping

Recreation areas with activity 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. 

No. of Sites 8
Reservation Info 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 bon fires are allowed. No standing or green trees may be cut. Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.
No. of Accessible sites 0

OHV Trail Riding

Recreation areas with activity 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.

Staging Area 8 trailheads for this system
Class of Vehicle under 50 inches in width
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Related Information

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