The Wayne National Forest is working hard to reopen camping sites and facilities on Thursday, July 2, in time for Independence Day Weekend.

The sites opening for camping on July 2

  • All trailheads on the national forest except Long Ridge Trailhead, which is part of the Monday Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System (Athens Unit)
  • Burr Oak Cove Campground (Athens Unit)
  • Stone Church Horse Campground (Athens Unit)
  • Lamping Homestead, Lane Farm, and Hune Bridge Campgrounds (Marietta Unit)

Sand Run Picnic Area (Athens Unit) will also reopen on July 2. Long Ridge Trailhead (Athens Unit) and Ring Mill Campground (Marietta Unit) will both remain closed due to upcoming scheduled work.

All newly opening camping areas and facilities operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and/or parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more.

Visitors are asked to stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to:


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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!

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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. Follow along for current conditions and services at our recreation areas. 

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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