The Wayne National Forest is a patchwork of public land that covers over a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. 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 to ATVs, mountain bikes, and horseback riders from mid-April to mid-December each year. Come visit the Wayne and hike or ride our trails!

Recent News


Forest Plan Revision

Trail with Wildflowers

The Wayne National Forest is pleased to announce that it has begun revising its Forest Plan in April of 2018. Learn more about what this means, where we are in the process, and how you can get involved!

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. 

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Investing in the Next Generation of Conservationists

Two men discuss the USDA Forest Service Resource Assistants (RA) Program

The Wayne National Forest is recruiting diverse applicants for the USDA Forest Service Resource Assistants Program. Find out more about this rigorous, immersive, paid internship.

Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Celebrated

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

 National Public Lands Day promote a larger nationwide celebration to foster environmental stewardship and the use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.


Partnership Forms for Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System

The six Ohio University students selected for the summer 2017 internship program.

 A diverse and growing group of local residents and community leaders envision a nationally recognized mountain bike project as a means of elevating the region. 

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