The Wayne National Forest is located in the southeaster areas of Ohio.
Where is this Forest?


Wayne NF headquarters and Athens Ranger District office 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


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.

Kentucky Man Comes Away with a Trophy Buck from Wayne National Forest

Shane Allen with his trophy buck.

The Wayne is a popular destination for hunters. This Kentucky man got a trophy buck in 2015 in Lawrence county, Ohio. 

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Forest Monitoring Plan Transition

Under 2012 regulations the Wayne is required to develop new monitoring guidance.


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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