Welcome to the official Wayne National Forest website. The Forest is located in the hills of southeastern Ohio.

 

The Forest is a patchwork ownership that covers over a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills. The Forest is divided into three units managed out of two Ranger District offices located in Nelsonville and Ironton, with a field office in Marietta.

The Forest features over 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding in season.  The trails are open from April 15th through December 15th. Come visit the Wayne and hike or ride our trails!

 

Recent News


Features

Events Hosted to Celebrate Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day

Smokey the bear meets a group of kids with smiles and high fives.

The Wayne National Forest and its partners came together to support four separate events for Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day from September 29 through October 1, 2017. The events were part of a coordinated regional effort to promote National Public Lands Day, a larger nationwide celebration to foster environmental stewardship and the use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.


Recreation Fee Change Proposal

The Wayne National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposal that would change recreation fees to enhance campgrounds and trails and help attract more visitors to southeast Ohio.  The proposal calls for reducing trail permit fees for off-highway vehicle (OHV) users and eliminating fees for horse and mountain bike users. Read More.


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Spotlights

Current and Recent Projects in Analysis

A team of horse riders ride along a sheer stone cliff.

Before certain activities can take place on the Wayne National Forest, we complete an analysis of the potential effects and involve the public. 

WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE TOUR

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Check out the new mobile tour of 39 sites on the Wayne National Forest. Enjoy the Forest from your home, or, as you visit the sites listen to recorded messages with more information.

 




Collecting artifacts on the Wayne National Forest

old home site dump

Traces of the forest’s past occupants are common. People consider old cans or bottles trash or collectibles but they are protected by Federal law.  


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