Recreation

Catching fish at Timbre Ridge Lake

The Wayne National Forest is within a few hours drive of several metropolitan areas such as Columbus, Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Pittsburgh. Yet it retains an air of nostalgia, with covered bridges, rockshelters, springs and rugged hills covered with hardwood and pine, visitors to the Wayne are welcome to camp, hike, hunt, and fish. There are over 300 miles of trails on the forest for hiking, off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding, moutain biking, or horseback riding.  

Things to Keep In Mind

  • Trails are open year-round to hiking, but are closed from December 16-April 14 each year to OHV and horseback riding use.
  • Our boundaries surround a checkerboard pattern of ownership, with public and private ownership interspersed. Care must be taken to stay on Wayne National Forest lands and respect private property.
  • Please respect all forest orders. Forest orders explain regulations and areas closed for safety and conservation.
  • Use of alcohol on OHV trails is not permitted.
  • Riders are required to wear a helmet and eye protection.
  • Outfitters and guides, may provide services to public land users through special use permits.

Fee-Free Dates

The Wayne National Forest has annual recreation fee waiver dates. These dates are established to encourage more people to enjoy their public lands. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Spotlights

Oak Hill Campground

Reservations can be made through http://www.recreation.gov .

The new campground is beautifully designed with 32 RV sites and one group site. All campsites are fully accessible with water and electrical hook-ups. Two new flush restrooms with showers and one new vault restroom were installed. Campsite # 2, 11, 20, and 21 are not reservable because they have been designated for hosts or volunteers.

The 50-person capacity group site is called Two Points Group Campground.

This family campground is located on a ridge on the west side of Lake Vesuvius.

There are 4 hiking trails that connect to different parts of this campground and boat dock. The Rock House, Black Oak, Old Beach, and Scarlet Oak Trails form a 1.5 mile loop with a 200-foot elevation change.

Black Oak Trail starts along the Rock House Trail and leads to Oak Hill Campground at the Black Oak parking area. The elevation change is 140 feet from the bottom to top of this 0.34 mile trail.

White Oak Trail is 0.14 miles and is a short cut between the Black Oak Trail and the White Oak Camping Loop.

Old Beach Trail is 0.61 miles long and starts at the Black Oak parking area in Oak Hill Campground. The trail follows the scenic old beach road to the Scarlet Oak Loop of Oak Hill campground.

Scarlet Oak Trail is 0.45 miles long and starts at the Scarlet Oak Loop of the Oak Hill Campground and ends at the boat dock. The elevation change in this trail is approximately 200 feet.

Chart on Oak Hill Campground Trails.