Recreation Passes & Permits

Trail Permits for the Wayne NF

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Where to Buy Permits /Permit Vendors

Purchase Permits On-line - PERMITS GO ON SALE APRIL 1

Customer Feedback

Types of Permits

Who needs a permit

Enforcement

Gift Certificates for Permits

Why permits? - Explaining the program

Can I purchase a permit for someone else?

Fee Free Weekends - No permits required!

WNF Recreation Enhancement Act Reports to Congress

All-Purpose-Vehicle License Plates

OHV Advisory

The Wayne National Forest has the following restriction and requirements for OHV use. Please direct specific questions to the District Ranger's office or see the order by clicking here.

  1. Possession of an alchoholic beverage is prohibited within 100 feet of the centerline of the designated OHV trails, Company Road (FR 1985), Coe Road (FR 1980), FR 3602, Hanging Rock Road (FR 105), and Hanging Rock Spur Roads (FR 105-A, B, and C), as defined on the closure order map(s).
  2. All OHV riders must wear eye protection and an approved D.O.T. helmet.

Hiking is free on the Wayne and can be done year round. It is also not necessary to stay on designated trails when hiking.

All other trail uses require a permit and are confined to designated trails. Permits must be purchased and displayed to ride mountain bikes, horses, or all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles on the Wayne National Forest. Permits are sold to an individual and may be used for any number of machines and animals. Permits are only valid on the Wayne National Forest from April 15th through December 15th. All trails are closed to these uses from December 16th to April 14th due to freezing, thawing, and rainy weather making trails more susceptible to damage.

Stay on designated trails. All-terrain vehicles and mountain bike trails are marked with orange blazes. A map of the three ATV trail areas is included with the purchase of a trail permit. Horse trails are marked with gray blazes. Within the diamond there may be another colored dot which relates to the specific trail within the trail system. These color codes are shown on the ATV map and should help with navigating specific trails.


Types of permits:

Three types of permits are offered:

Photo of Annual permitSeasonal Permit $45.00

PURCHASE ONLINE HERE - (small convenience fee charged)

The seasonal permit is good for riding throughout the entire trail season. The trail season is from April 15th through December 15th (starting at midnight on April 14th and ending at midnight on December 15th).

Photo of 3 day permits3-day Permit $24.00

PURCHASE ONLINE HERE - (small convenience fee charged)

The 3-day permit is good for a three-day ride. A three-day period is defined as from midnight (12:01 a.m.) of the first day punched to midnight of the third day (11:59 p.m.).

Photo of daily permits.Daily Permit- $12.00  

PURCHASE ONLINE HERE  - (small convenience fee charged)

The daily permit is good for a one-day ride. A day is defined as from midnight (12:01 a.m.) to midnight (11:59 p.m.) on that day.

 

Permits are not transferable among riders. The permit holder may ride a horse, mountain bike, or ATV/OHM forest-wide on the appropriate designated trails during the trail open season.

Permits are non-refundable. Replacement seasonal permits may be purchased for $10 at Forest offices only (with proof of purchase).

Golden Age and Golden Access permits are not honored for purchasing trail permits at a reduced fee. Ohio Golden Buckeye permits are not accepted.

More on Permits

The person’s name must be written on the permit with a permanent marker for the permit to be valid.  The permit has six holes in it for attaching it to the handlebars of machines or to the bridle or saddle. The permit should be visibly displayed on the ATV/OHM, bike, or horse to minimize the need to stop and check for permits. The back of the permit provides tips for riding safely and legally.

The daily permit is a rectangular shaped sticker with a seasonal calendar a one-day/two-day designation displayed on it. If a customer wishes to purchase a one-day permit, the vendor punches out (with a hole punch) on the permit one month and one day the customer wishes to ride. In order for the permit to be valid, the customer's name must be printed on the permit with a permanent marker.  Multiple daily permits may be purchased at one time, but a separate permit is issued for each day of use.

If a customer wishes to purchase a three-day permit, the vendor punches out (with a hole punch) on the permit one month and three consecutive days the customer wishes to ride. The customer's name must be printed on the permit with a permanent marker for it to be valid. Multiple day permits may be purchased at one time, but a separate permit is issued for each day of use. The back of the permit provides tips for riding safely and legally. We recommend you visibly display the permit on your ATV/OHM, bike, horse, or person to minimize the need to stop if someone is checking permits. However, daily/three-day permits or printable permits may be kept in a wallet, purse, etc….as long as the rider has the permit in his/her possession when riding.

Trail Permits go on sale April 1 of each year. However gift certificates for permits are sold year-round.

Who needs a permit?

ATV riders age 16 and older are required to have a permit when riding trails on the Wayne National Forest. These permits should be visibly displayed. Riders under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a valid licensed motor vehicle operator if riding ATVs, who is at least 18 years of age or older when riding trails (who has a permit). Federal regulations 36 CFR subpart 261.13 (a) directs the Forest Service to follow vehicular laws as mandated by each state.

Passengers riding an ATV also need a Wayne NF permit. A valid state driver's license is required when the person will be "operating" the vehicle, but not as a passenger.

The driver’s license rule is a State of Ohio requirement for anyone operating ATVs and off-highway motorcycles on Ohio’s public lands, including the Wayne National Forest. This is a rule that cannot be waived. The Ohio Revised Code (ORC 4519.44 A & B) is included below.

4519.44 Driver's license required.
(A) No person who does not hold a valid, current motor vehicle driver's or commercial driver's license, motorcycle operator's endorsement, or probationary license, issued under Chapter 4506. or 4507. of the Revised Code or a valid, current driver's license issued by another jurisdiction, shall operate a snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle on any street or highway in this state, on any portion of the right-of-way thereof, or on any public land or waters.
(B) No person who is less than sixteen years of age shall operate a snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle on any land or waters other than private property or waters owned by or leased to the person's parent or guardian, unless accompanied by another person who is eighteen years of age, or older, and who holds a license as provided in division (A) of this section, except that the department of natural resources may permit such operation on state controlled land under its jurisdiction when such person is less than sixteen years of age and is accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a licensed driver eighteen years of age or older.
 

What is the trail permit program and why was it developed?

Many of the nation’s federally managed recreation areas are still facing large maintenance backlogs from years of diminishing budgets in recreation. Realizing the large funding gap between what is needed to effectively manage these recreation areas and what is currently being appropriated and its consequences (primarily the lost of facility investments and sub-standard customer service), Congress passed the 1996 Omnibus Rescissions and Appropriations Act (Public Law 104-134) which approved the Fee Demonstration (Fee Demo) project. The President signed it into law in March of 1996. This law authorizes the U.S. Forest Service, as well as other federal land management agencies to charge fees and keep 80 percent of the funds for reinvestment in designated recreation areas.

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) was passed in the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (PL 108-447) signed into law by President Bush on December 8, 2004.   The 10-year Act authorizes the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to establish, modify, charge and collect recreation fees at Federal recreation lands and waters as provided for in the Act. The passing of the Act gives federal agencies like the Forest Service long term authority to enhance customer service by reinvesting revenue from recreation sites back into those sites.

More information about the Forest Service's Recreation Fee Program may be found at:

http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/recfee/index.shtml

Fees collected can be used for such items as repair and maintenance, interpretation, signs, habitat or facility enhancement, resource conservation, collection costs, and law enforcement related to visitor services. These funds will supplement appropriated funds to help reduce maintenance backlog, improve customer service, and better meet standards for management of recreation sites.

Enhancement Reports to Congress

2015 WNF Recreation Enhancement Act Report to Congress

2014 WNF Recreation Enhancement Act Report to Congress

2013 WNF Recreation Enhancement Act Report to Congress

Wayne National Forest’s recreation fee project and benefits to users.

There are over 400 miles of trails on the Wayne National Forest. The Forest is managed out of three separate offices: the Athens District (with over 84 miles of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) trails, 62 miles of mountain bike trails, 62 miles of hiking trails, and 22 miles of horse trails); the Marietta Unit (with 107 miles of mountain bike trails and 16 miles of horse trails); and the Ironton District (with over 63 miles of ATV/OHM/mountain bike trails, 43 miles of hiking trails, and 46 miles of horse trails).  A permit is required to use ATV/OHM, horse, and mountain bike trails and is open from April 15th through December 15th.  Hiking is open year-round and is free of charge

The Wayne National Forest trails are multiple use trails. There are no designated mountain bike trails. Mountain bikes share some ATV/OHM and horse trails. ATV/OHMs and horses are limited to (separate) designated trails, only. Hikers are welcome on all trails and are not charged a fee for use.

The Wayne National Forest is charging fees for trail permits to keep the trails well maintained and open to the public. The intent of the fee program is to increase the quality of visitors' experiences at public recreation areas and to enhance the protection of those resources. Collecting and using the fees locally lets the Forest Service and the trail users maintain control and stewardship of the trails.

This "gator" equipment was purchased with trail permit dollars and is used to haul gravel onto trails for trail maintenance. Here the gravel is being dumped in a large muddy area to try to keep ATVs from continuing to widen the trail to avoid the standing water and mud.

Approximately 80% of the fees collected are retained by the Forest for use “on the ground”. Approximately 15% is retained by the Forest for administrative costs, 5%  is deposited in an account in the Regional Office to cover their program administration costs.  However, often the region has returned the 5% portion back to the Forest for project use.

Riders have come from 42 different states and Canada.

Yes. In addition, State of Ohio legislation (House Bill 611) requires owners of All Purpose Vehicles (APVs) and off highway motorcycles to obtain certificates of title for their vehicles prior to new registration or renewal of their registration. License plates are obtained from the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). According to State of Ohio law, all APV owners, regardless of age, are required to register their APVs with the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) before they can ride on public lands (state or federal lands).

Click here for information on what you need to obtain an APV license plate. (note: both this link and the one below leave the Wayne website.) For those coming in from out of state.... if your state requires your ATV to be registered and you have a tag from your state, Ohio has reciprocity and you are not required to get a temporary registration. If your state does not require that ATVs be registered, then you will need to get a temporary registration or a standard Ohio motorized registration from the Ohio BMV. Click here to see the law (amended on June 30, 2005). Ohio APV registration is available at the nearest Bureau of Motor Vehicles office. The Wayne National Forest does not receive any funding from the sale of the State of Ohio APV license plates.

For locations and hours of local County Ohio BMV offices go to: http://bmv.ohio.gov/county_lst.stm

Forest Service personnel and local law enforcement officials will be periodically checking trailheads, parking areas, and trails for compliance. The permit should be visibly displayed on the ATV/OHM, bike, or horse to minimize the need to stop and check for permits.  Permits are issued to the person and not the vehicle, bike, or horse.  Permits are non-transferable.

How will the permit be enforced?

Forest Service personnel and local law enforcement officials will be periodically checking trailheads, parking areas, and trails for compliance. The permit should be visibly displayed on the ATV/OHM, bike, or horse to minimize the need to stop and check for permits. Permits are issued to the person and not the vehicle, bike, or horse. Permits are non-transferable.

NOTE: The Wayne National Forest (WNF) All-purpose Trail Permit is different from the State of Ohio APV license plate. Wayne National Forest's All-purpose Trail Permit may be purchased from any WNF district offices or local participating vendors. The State of Ohio APV license plate, however, can only be obtained from your State BMV offices. Riders are required to obtain both the WNF trail permit and the State of Ohio APV license before riding WNF trails. 

Can I purchase a permit for another person?

Yes – The rider's name must be printed on the permit with a permanent marker for it to be valid.  Permits are non-transferable.

Please email your comments to: r9_wayne_website@fs.fed.us

Where do I purchase a trail permit?

Permits go on sale April 1.  They are not available before that date. Permits may be purchased from the three Wayne National Forest administrative offices (Athens, Marietta, and Ironton) in person, online, and from local participating area vendors. Vendors include grocery stores, gas stations, and equipment dealers convenient to the main trail routes on the Athens, Marietta, and Ironton units. Wayne National Forest offices take most credit cards for purchase of permits. 

WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST OFFICE LOCATIONS

Forest Service employees are not authorized to sell permits in the field. Instead, employees may refer trail users to the nearest Forest office or participating vendor. A list of vendor locations is available on the web.

UTVs can (but are not required) to be registered with the BMV at the discretion of the UTV owner.