Welcome to the ATV Section of the Wayne National Forest Site!

The Wayne National Forest is within a few hours drive of several metropolitan areas such as Columbus, Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Pittsburgh. Yet it retains an air of nostalgia, with covered bridges, rock shelters, springs and rugged hills covered with hardwood and pine. Visitors to the Wayne are welcome to camp, hike, hunt, and fish. Our boundaries surround a checkerboard pattern of ownership, with public and private ownership interspersed. Care must be taken to stay on Wayne National Forest lands and respect private property. There are over 300 miles of trails on the forest for hiking, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Trail systems may be open to more than one type of use, so please yield to other users.

The three trail systems are:
Monday Creek
Hanging Rock
Pine Creek

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Monday Creek ATV/OHM Trail System  ^top

The Monday Creek area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-highway motorcycles (OHMs). This trail system, north of Nelsonville, provides approximately 75 miles of designated trails to off-road vehicle riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. Loading ramps are available at the New Straitsville and White Oak Trailheads.

Area Activities: Mountain Biking, Dispersed Camping, Day Hiking, OHV Camping, OHV
Trail Riding Fees: A trail permit is $12/day, $24/3-day, or $45/season.
Usage: heavy
Permits Info: You will need a Wayne NF Trail Permit to ride ATVs and OHMs and camp with these vehicles in this campground.
Restrictions: You must have a Wayne Trail permit and an OHIO APV sticker to ride these trails. Only vehicles 50 inches or less can ride these trails.
Parking: Ample parking is available at the trailheads.
Closest Towns: Nelsonville, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Athens Ranger District, 13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764; 740-753-0101

Directions
9 trailheads to this trail system, Highway 595, 2 mi. south of New Straitsville to one trailhead, follow signs off Highway 33, approximately 2 mi. south of intersection of Hwy 595 and Highway 33 to five trailheads, on County Road 24 between Carbon Hill and Buchtel to another trailhead, and off Highway 78, north of Buchtel, south of Murray City to yet another trailhead.

General Notes
A topographic map is available by clicking here. You will also receive a map when you purchase a Wayne National Forest trail permit.
There have been some re-routes and changes made to this trail system as a result of the construction of the US 33 bypass. Please consult this US 33 changes brochure to be aware of those changes.

Activities

Bicycling
Mountain Biking
Seventy-one miles of trail are availabe to All-terrain vehicles, Off-highway vehicles, hikers, and mountain bikes.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Camping & Cabins
Dispersed Camping
Camping is allowed at the trailheads for the ATV trails from April 14-December 14th.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Hiking
Day Hiking
This Trail system is designed primarily for All-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles but hikers are welcome. Loops of a variety of lengths offer hikers many different distances depending on the time they have available.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Camping
Camping is allowed at any of the 8 trailheads as long as the trails or roads are not blocked. No amenities except restrooms are provided.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
No. of Accessible sites: 0
No. of Sites: 8
Reservation Info: No
Fire Information: You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10 foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks. Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp. No bon fires are allowed. No standing or green trees may be cut. Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.

OHV Trail Riding
This 75-mile trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs. Loops of a variety of lengths offer riders many different lengths and a variety of challenges depending on the time they have available and their skill level.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Staging Area: 8 trailheads for this system
Class of Vehicle: under 50 inches in width




Hanging Rock ATV/OHM Trail System  ^top

The Hanging Rock area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off highway motorcycles (OHMs). This 5,000-acre area has 24 miles of trail available for off-road vehicle, hiking, and mountain bike use.
These trails wind through an area strip-mined in the 1960's and 1970's. Much of the upland area was badly scarred, and some areas are left with steep slopes providing challenging trails to riders. The area is also known for its fishing ponds, 51 of which are available for fishing. The ponds which are scattered along the ATV trail, lend a picturesque backdrop to an ATV ride.

Area Activities: Mountain Biking, Dispersed Camping, Lake and Pond Fishing, Day Hiking, OHV Camping, OHV Trail Riding, Boating - Non-Motorized
Fees: Trail Permits required for ATV or mountain bike riders. A trail permit is $12/day, $24/3-days, or $45/season.
Usage: heavy
Restrictions: Riders must have a Wayne NF Trail Permit and an Ohio APV tag to ride this trail system. Only vehicles 50 inches or less can ride these trails.
Parking: Ample parking is available at the trailheads.
Closest Towns: Ironton, OH 
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500 

Directions
Hanging Rock Trailhead - is accessed from Highway 650 off Highway 52. Go north 3/4 mile to Forest Road 105. Stay on paved Forest Road 105 for approximately 1.5 miles to the paved trailhead parking.
GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 38 deg 34' 51" / 82 deg 43' 29".

General Notes
For a topographic map of the ATV trail system click here. Maps are also provided when you purchase a trail tag.


Activities


Bicycling
Mountain Biking
This trail system is available to All-terrain vehicles, Off-highway vehicles, hikers, and mountain bikes.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Camping & Cabins
Dispersed Camping
Camping is allowed at the trailheads for the ATV trails from April 14-December 14th. Camping is also frequently done around the Hanging Rock ponds by fisherman and during hunting seasons by all the hunters that use the area.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Fishing
Lake and Pond Fishing
There are 50-75 ponds of various sizes - fish populations are surveyed and ponds stocked in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Special Designations: Some of the ponds can be driven to by vehicle, some by ATV, and some are walk-in only. Some of the ponds have been stocked with grass carp which must be returned.
Fishing Method: Some lakes are large enough to accommodate watercraft, others only for shore fishing.
Fishing Platform: shore or boat
Fish Species: largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish. All grass carp (white amur) must be immediately returned to the pond unharmed.
Cleaning Station: none

Hiking
Day Hiking
This trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs but hikers are welcome. Loops of a variety of lengths offer hikers many different lengths of hikes depending on the time they have available.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Camping
Camping is allowed at the trailhead as long as the trails or road is not blocked. No amenities except port-a-johns are provided.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
No. of Accessible sites: 0
No. of Sites: 1
Reservation Info: No
Fire Information: You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10 foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks. Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp. No bon fires are allowed. No standing or green trees may be cut. Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.

OHV Trail Riding
This 24 mile trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs. Loops of a variety of lengths offer riders many different lengths of rides depending on the time they have available. Much of the upland area where these trails are developed was badly scarred by strip mining, and some areas are left with steep slopes providing challenging trails to riders. The area is also known for its fishing ponds which are scattered along the ATV trail, lend a picturesque backdrop to an ATV ride. You may also intersect hiking trails, note that only trails marked with orange diamonds are designated for ATV use!
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Staging Area: 1 trailheads
Class of Vehicle: under 50 inches in width

Water Activities
Boating - Non-Motorized
As a result of past mining or quarrying in the Hanging Rock area of the Ironton Ranger District, there are areas where many ponds are clustered together in a relatively small area. These ponds range in size from ? acre to 7 acres, and access can be easy to difficult. The ponds located along old mining haul roads receive the most fishing pressure, while those located in the remote and rugged areas rarely are visited by anglers. Many people will bring belly boats along with them when fishing the remote ponds but the larger ponds can be fished in bigger boats.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Fuel availability: motors are not necessary in most of these ponds
Launch Ramps: dirt banks
Marina/Mooring: none
Trailer Parking: parking is provided at trailheads
Type of Craft: canoes, kayaks and flat-bottom Jon boats
 



Pine Creek ATV/OHM Trail System  ^top

The Pine Creek area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-highway motorcycles (OHMs). This trail system provides approximately 17 miles of trails for off-road vehicle, hiking, and mountain bike use.

Area Activities: Mountain Biking, Dispersed Camping, Day Hiking, OHV Camping, OHV Trail Riding
Operational Hours: Open Midnight April 14th - Midnight December 15th.  Day and night riding is permitted.
Fees: Trail Permits required for ATV or mountain bike riders. A trail permit is $12/day, $24/3-day, or $45/season.
Usage: heavy
Restrictions: Riders must have a Wayne NF Trail Permit and an Ohio APV tag to ride this trail system. Only vehicles 50 inches or less can ride these trails.
Parking: Ample parking is available at the trailheads.
Closest Towns: Pedro or Ironton
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500

Directions
Trailhead Name Directions -- GPS Coordinates (Lat/Long) Telegraph Trailhead 23 miles north of Ironton on Highway 93. Turn left on County Road 193 for 1/8 mile to the parking area. -- 38 deg 47' 06" / 82 deg 37' 09" Lyra Trailhead From Wheelersburg, take County road 2 to Township Road 307.-- 38 deg 44' 15" / 82 deg 43' 50" Wolcott Trailhead From Ironton, go north on State Route 93. Turn on Highway 522 West; go 3.5 miles to County Road 9, then 3 miles to the trailhead.-- 38 deg 42' 88" / 82 deg 42' 45"

General Notes
Click here for a topographic map of the area. You will also receive a topographic map of the trail system when you purchase a Wayne National Forest trail tag.

Activities

Bicycling
Mountain Biking
This trail system is open to mountain bikes.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Camping & Cabins
Dispersed Camping
Camping is allowed at the trailheads for the ATV trails from April 14-December 14th.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Hiking
Day Hiking
This trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHM riders, but mountain bikers and hikers are welcome.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Camping
Camping is allowed at any of the 3 trailheads as long as the trails or roads are not blocked. No amenities except restrooms are provided.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
No. of Accessible sites: 0
No. of Sites: 3
Reservation Info: No
Fire Information: You can build a campfire as long as you have a 10 foot clearance around it and put a ring around it with rocks. Fires must be extinguished before leaving camp. No bon fires are allowed. No standing or green trees may be cut. Check the bulletin boards to ensure no fire bans are in effect.

OHV Trail Riding
This 17-mile trail system is designed primarily for ATV/OHMs. There are three trailheads so riders can create loops of a variety of lengths depending on the time they have available.
Difficulty Level:: Difficult
Staging Area: 3 trailheads
Class of Vehicle: under 50 inches in width


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