Recreation


The boardwalk of Lake Vesuvius lit by the early morning sun.

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An Air of Nostalgia within a Few Hours’ Drive

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 400 miles of trails on the forest for hiking, off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding.

Know Before You Go

Trails Closed to Certain Uses Seasonally

Wayne National Forest trails are open to foot travel year-round. Trails seasonally close to mountain bike, equestrian, and off-highway vehicle use from winter to early spring. The seasonal closing and opening dates are based on trail conditions and change year-to-year.

2022 Season Updates

  • Trails open to mountain bike, equestrian, and off-highway vehicle use on April 1, 2022.
  • Trails will close to mountain bike, equestrian, and off-highway vehicle use on a to-be-determined date in winter.
  • Trails are open to foot travel year-round.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Baileys Trail System Open
Balancing Rock Trailhead Open
Big Bend Swimming Beach Closed Temporarily closed for maintenance.
Bluegrass Trailhead Open
Burr Oak Cove Campground Open
Elm Trailhead Open
Hanging Rock OHV System Open
Hanging Rock Trailhead Open
Hune Bridge Campground Open Hune Covered Bridge connects Route 26 (which runs west of the Little Muskingum River) with Hune Bridge Campground on the east side of the river. However, Hune Covered Bridge is currently closed due to a land slippage. To access the campground, please follow the detour route below. From Route 26 North Of Hune Covered Bridge, Near Wingett Run:
  • Take Scottown Road (Twp. Rd. 35) across the Little Muskingum River.
  • After a short drive, turn right onto Smith Road (Twp. Rd. 408).
  • Follow Smith Rd./408 south along the river until you reach the campground.
Iron Ridge Campground Open
John's Creek Trailhead Closed Temporarily closed while the Lake Vesuvius waterline is being replaced.
Kinderhook Horseback Riding System Open
Kinderhook Trailhead Open
Lake Vesuvius Horseback Riding System Open Segments of the trail system to the west of Lake Vesuvius are temporarily closed.
Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area Open A segment of the Lakeshore Trail is temporarily closed, and it is not possible to complete the loop around the lake.
Lamping Homestead Recreation Area Open
Lane Farm Campground Open
Leith Run Recreation Area Open
Long Ridge Trailhead Open
Lyra Trailhead Open
Monday Creek OHV System Open
Monday Creek Trailhead Open
New Straitsville Trailhead Open
Oak Hill Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily closed while the Lake Vesuvius waterline is being replaced.
Old Stone Church Trailhead Open
Paddle Creek Horse Camp Open
Pine Creek OHV System Open Portions of the Telegraph and Wolcott Trails are temporarily closed. See Alerts & Notices for more details
Pine Knob Loop Open
Red Oak Trailhead Open
Ring Mill Campground Open
Sand Hill Trailhead Open
Scarlet Oak Trailhead Open
Stone Church Horse Camp Open
Stone Church Horseback Riding System Open
Superior OHV System Open
Superior Trailhead Open
Sycamore Trailhead Open
Telegraph Trailhead Open Portions of the Telegraph and Wolcott Trails are temporarily closed. See Alerts & Notices for more details. 
Two Point Group Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily closed while the Lake Vesuvius waterline is being replaced.
Wayne National Forest Welcome Center Open
White Oak Trailhead Open
Wolcott Trailhead Open Portions of the Telegraph and Wolcott Trails are temporarily closed. See Alerts & Notices for more details. 

Spotlights

Stone Church Horseback Riding System

Stone Church Horsecamp

Named for the skeletal ruins of an old stone church nearby, the Stone Church Horse Trail System provides a great opportunity for scenic riding. Various loops for other distances are available. The horse trail winds through the rolling hills of the Wayne National Forest. The trails will lead you through a variety of vegetation- open fields, brushland, mature forest, and new forest. Along the way, you may glimpse wildlife, and will recognize the influence of humans, both now and in the past. You will also pass many of our land management activities.

The trailhead provides a camp specifically for equestrians and 21 miles of scenic riding. The horse camp has ten sites are provided at the campground, each with a 45' long by 15' wide parking space. Two sites are fully accessible for people with disabilities. Each site has a covered paddock, fire pit, grill, and tent pad.

Covered Bridge Scenic Byway

Hills Covered Bridge

The National Forest Covered Bridge Scenic Byway (Map) follows State Route 26 from Marietta to Woodsfield, Ohio. For most of its length, it parallels the Little Muskingum River. The scenic byway traverses some of Ohio's most beautiful countryside and many choose to stop along its route, to camp and savor the natural beauty of this area. There are four campgrounds along the byway. The Scenic Byway is a self-guided tour to interpret 35 miles of scenery and history along the Little Muskingum River. To guide you along the tour, look for the tour markers that will lead you to each of the ten stops. The tour is approximately four hours, plus one hour to return to Marietta. For a shorter tour, omit Stops #9 and #10 and return by S.R. 260.

Brochure on this scenic byways and its stops.

Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area is the Wayne National Forest's premier developed recreation site and is named after the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace. The rugged hills and out-cropping cliffs provide a scenic backdrop for this historical and beautiful site.

It contains a 143-acre lake, two family campgrounds and one group campground, beach and swim area, multiple picnic areas, fishing, boating, hiking, scenic overlook and an archery trail. This recreation area is home to the 46-mile Lake Vesuvius Horse Trail System, open from early spring to winter.

Recreation Areas