Wayne National Forest Recreation Trails Open April 15

Wayne National Forest Recreation Trails Open April 15


NELSONVILLE, Ohio (Mar. 25, 2019) – The Wayne National Forest announces that its recreation season will begin in April. Trails, campgrounds, and permits will become available to the public on various dates during the month.


Designated trails will open for bike, horse, and off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding beginning Monday, April 15, 2019, and will be available through mid-December. Hiking is allowed on all trails year-round. While permits are no longer necessary for riding bikes and horses on Wayne National Forest trails, they are still required for OHV riders (except on designated fee waiver days).


Digital permits (E-permits) will be available for OHV trail use beginning April 1, 2019. They may be purchased through the Wayne National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne and clicking on the Your Pass Now logo in the bottom right corner. Alternatively, visit Your Pass Now at https://yourpassnow.com/parkpass or Recreation.gov at https://www.recreation.gov/.


Motorized trail users may also purchase paper trail permits. They will be available at Wayne National Forest Visitor Centers on or after April 8 and from designated local vendors on or after April 11. Beginning in 2020, the Wayne National Forest will only offer digital permits (E-permits) in order to reduce the administrative cost of managing trail passes.


A copy of the permit must be carried when riding OHV trails. Permits may be printed or displayed on mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, etc. Permit prices remain unchanged at $35 for a seasonal pass and $20 for a 3-day pass.


Campgrounds at Lake Vesuvius will open Friday, April 5, 2019. All other campgrounds will open on Monday, April 15.


Some campsites may be reserved on the National Recreation Reservation System at https://www.recreation.gov/. These include Leith Run Campground and its group picnic shelters, Oak Hill Campground, Iron Ridge Campground, Two Points Group Campground and Picnic Shelter, and Lake Vesuvius’ Roadside and Furnace Group Picnic Shelters. All other sites, including Burr Oak Cove, Lane Farm, Hune Bridge, Ring Mill, and Lamping Homestead Campgrounds, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The 244,000 acre Wayne National Forest offers a variety of recreation opportunities, including camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, nature viewing, canoeing, and much more! Over 400 miles of trails beckon visitors to enjoy the great outdoors in Ohio’s only national forest. For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Facebook (@waynenationalforest) and Twitter (@waynenationalfs).


The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the country’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Its public lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year and provide 20 percent of the country’s clean water supply. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.