Lake Vesuvius, Wayne National Forest

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Lake Vesuvius is a tranquil 143-acre lake that draws bird watchers, anglers and hikers and, ironically, named after the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace that once overpowered the area with sounds of hundreds of men working the hot-blast furnace to produce some of the finest iron in the region.

What Will I See?
  • Historic Civilian Conservation Corps 1939-era buildings. A giant rock formation near the entrance looks like the profile of a Native American overlooking the lake
  • A refreshing, sandy Big Bend Beach
  • Longer trails, including the 8-mile Lakeshore Trail or the 16-mile Vesuvius Backpacking Trail.
  • Twenty-five miles of viewing woodland songbirds, deer, beaver, and turkey.
About This Destination

The Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio is in the foothills of the Appalachians and steeped in history. Historical sites abound, with a backdrop of the central hardwoods. With the geology rock shelters, cliffs, and high walls, the area offers interesting views around every corner.


What Should I Know?

Amenities: Campgrounds include both family and group sites. Sites vary from tent to recreational vehicle sites with electric, picnic tables and shower houses.

Operating Hours: The site is open year-round. Campground quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Fees: Entrance to the lake is free. Reserve your campsite on

Reservations: Some special events may require reservations.

Accessibility: The Boardwalk Trail, Rock House Trail, and the archery trail are designed for accessibility for all users. 

How Do I Get There?

38°36' 38" / 82°38' 06"