Hanging Rock Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trailhead is part of the Hanging Rock OHV Trail System. 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
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.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets
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.


This trailhead is part of the Hanging Rock System.

To find this trailhead:

  • 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.


Ample parking is available at trailheads.

Recreation Map

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Mountain Biking

As part of Hanging Rock OHV System, seventy-one miles of trail are available to mountain bikes. See our Hanging Rock Mountain Biking guide for full details. Loops of a variety of lengths offer hikers many different distances depending on the time they have available.

Hours of Operation:
  • Open April 15 - Dec 15 for OHV and mountain bike riding. 
  • Day and night (with lights) access is permitted.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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