Trails open to all uses April 1.
Wayne National Forest trails reopen to OHV, horseback, and mountain biking use on April 1st.
Follow our Recreation Conditions Report for all trails and site statuses for the 2022 season.
Welcome to Wayne National Forest
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.
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Know Before You Go
Kids Fishing Derby to Be Held at Lake Vesuvius on May 21
Release Date: May 19, 2022
The Wayne National Forest welcomes a new District Ranger to its Ironton Ranger District and Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area! Mathias Wallace brings fresh leadership and 12 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service to his new role. With an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, Wallace wishes to create a shared vision of success and sustainability for both the workforce and community.
Dig a little deeper, look a little closer, and discover the stories of change, challenge, and resilience in this interactive map of the Wayne National Forest.
Trail & Recreation Site Modernization
We are developing proposals to expand and improve recreation access and facilities in the national forest and we want your feedback! Learn more about our proposals and how to submit feedback.
Sunny Oaks Project Information
The Sunny Oaks project intends to create young, brushy forests of oaks and hickories, increase forest resiliance, and contribute to local economies through commercial timber harvests.
Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System Partnership
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.
Current and Recent Projects in Analysis
Before certain activities can take place on the Wayne National Forest, we complete an analysis of the potential effects and involve the public.