Pine Creek OHV System

Area Status: Open
Pine Creek Trail System.

Trail Advisory-Wayne National Forest Supervisor Anthony Scardina has issued a Closure Order for a portion of the Telegraph Trail, located on the Ironton Ranger District in Lawrence County. The order is necessary to prevent unlawful access to private property and to protect national forest property and resources. The order includes a 3.2-mile section of trail located between the Telegraph Trailhead and the intersection of Brushy Fork Road. The Forest Service has determined that the section of trail is on private property and will need to be rerouted.

The order does not include the Telegraph Trailhead near State Route 93. Off-highway vehicle riders will need to find another option to access the Pine Creek OHV Trail System. Riders can access the trail system from the Lyra and Wolcott Trailheads.

The order will remain in effect until it has been terminated by the Forest Supervisor.  An order violation is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than (6) months, or both.

The Pine Creek area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-highway motorcycles (OHMs).

This trail system provides approximately 20 miles of trails for off-road vehicle, hiking, and mountain bike use.



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: OHV riding requires a trail permit
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: Oak Hill or Ironton, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault at Telegraph Trailhead only.
Operated By:

Ironton Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

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


Trailhead Name Directions -- GPS Coordinates (Lat/Long) Telegraph Trailhead 23 miles north of Ironton on Highway 93. Turn left on County Road 193 for 1/8 mile to the parking area. -- 38 deg 47' 06" / 82 deg 37' 09" Lyra Trailhead From Wheelersburg, take County road 2 to Township Road 307.-- 38 deg 44' 15" / 82 deg 43' 50" Wolcott Trailhead From Ironton, go north on State Route 93. Turn on Highway 522 West; go 3.5 miles to County Road 9, then 3 miles to the trailhead.-- 38 deg 42' 88" / 82 deg 42' 45"

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

This trail system is open to mountain bikes.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping: Camping is allowed at the trailheads for the ATV trails from April 14-December 14th.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

This trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHM riders, but mountain bikers and hikers are welcome.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Camping

Recreation areas with activity OHV Camping:

Camping is allowed at the Telegraph, Wolcott and Lyra Trailheads.  Be aware that vandalism in remote areas can be high. 

No. of Sites 3
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
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Trail Riding

Recreation areas with activity OHV Trail Riding:

This 20-mile trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs. There are three trailheads so riders can create loops of a variety of lengths depending on the time they have available.

Staging Area 3 trailheads
Class of Vehicle under 50 inches in width
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
20 miles

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