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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OHV Camping

Recreation areas with activity OHV Camping:

Camping is allowed at all of the campsites on the Hanging Rock OHV System, but only during the OHV and mountain biking open season. Please do not limit others' use of the area with your campsite.

Fire InformationYou 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 Sites1
Reservation InfoNo
No. of Accessible sites0
Hours of Operation:
  • Open April 15 - Dec 15 for camping.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Trail Riding

Recreation areas with activity OHV Trail Riding:

This 26 mile trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs. Loops of a variety of lengths offer riders many different lengths of rides depending on the time they have available.

Much of the upland area where these trails are developed was badly scarred by strip mining, and some areas are left with steep slopes providing challenging trails to riders. The area is also known for its fishing ponds which are scattered along the ATV trail, lend a picturesque backdrop to an ATV ride. You may also intersect hiking trails, note that only trails marked with orange diamonds are designated for ATV use!

Class of Vehicleunder 50 inches in width
Staging Area1 trailhead
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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