Recreation

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.

Discover Your National Forest

 

Still looking for your spot? Select an activity from the list on the left, or use the drop-down on the right to find an area within each ranger district.

Know Before You Go

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Burr Oak Cove Campground Open to Visitor
Hune Bridge Campground Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor The campgrounds will remain open through at least July 11, 2021, before closing again to replace a damaged waterline.
Lake Vesuvius Horseback Riding System Open to Visitor
Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area Open to Visitor The Lake Vesuvius Boardwalk is temporarily closed due to damage sustained from a fallen tree.
Lamping Homestead Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Lane Farm Campground Open to Visitor
Lyra Trailhead Open to Visitor
Oak Hill Campground Open to Visitor The campgrounds will remain open through at least July 11, 2021, before closing again to replace a damaged waterline.
Paddle Creek Horse Camp Open to Visitor
Pine Creek OHV System Open to Visitor
Pine Knob Loop Open to Visitor The campgrounds will remain open through at least July 11, 2021, before closing again to replace a damaged waterline.
Ring Mill Campground Open to Visitor
Superior OHV System Open to Visitor
Superior Trailhead Open to Visitor
Symmes Creek/Morgan Sisters Trail Open to Visitor
Telegraph Trailhead Open to Visitor
Two Point Group Campground Open to Visitor The campgrounds will remain open through at least July 11, 2021, before closing again to replace a damaged waterline.
Wayne National Forest Welcome Center Open to Visitor
Wolcott Trailhead Open to Visitor

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 April 15-Dec. 15. 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/wayne/recreation