In response to guidance from federal and state health officials, all developed recreation facilities on the Wayne National Forest will be closed until further notice.

Developed Recreation Facilities Offering Limited Services

In response to guidance from federal and state health officials, all developed recreation facilities on the Wayne National Forest will be closed until further notice. By closing these facilities, the USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The following closures and service limitations are in place:

  • All developed recreation facilities on the Wayne National Forest are closed.
    • This includes all restrooms and campgrounds located on the Ironton Ranger District and on the Athens and Marietta Units of the Athens Ranger District. Use of boat ramps and trailheads for hiking is still permitted.
  • No restrooms or trash receptacles will be available to Wayne National Forest visitors.

If you visit, please practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace ethic. Remember, if you pack it in, please pack it out.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per CDC guidelines and to promote social distancing. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this unpredictable and rapidly changing situation. For the most current and accurate information about the COVID-19 virus, contact your local health officials or visit

News Releases and Trails Upates

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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!


Wayne National Forest Recreation Updates

Two men riding Kinderbrook Trail System

Thanks to the efforts of employees, volunteers, and partners, our designated trails will open to off-highway vehicle (OHV), horse, and mountain bike use on May 15th.

Forest Plan Revision

Trail with Wildflowers

The Wayne National Forest is currently in the process of revising its Forest Plan. This process began in April of 2018. Learn more about what this means, where we are in the process, and how you can get involved!

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Sunny Oaks Project Information

A wildlife opening with lush underbrush.

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

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.


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. 

Administrative Change 10 Public Notification

The Wayne National Forest has completed Administrative Change #10 to the 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan to address utility corridor development under the scope of the Forest Plan.

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