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!



We want to hear from you!

Forest Service staff and members of the Athens Bicycle Club work together to plan trails.

The Wayne National Forest Athens Ranger District is seeking public feedback on a proposal to construct a single track, sustainable trail system for mountain biking in Athens County. If approved, the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail Project would authorize a 92-mile trail system designed to accommodate mountain bike riders with varying degrees of skill and time to ride. The proposed new mountain bike trails would link to 27 miles of existing local mountain bike trails and 21 miles of paved bike paths to provide connections to local communities.

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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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. 


A smart phone showing the mobile tour

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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