Wayne National Forest - Athens Ranger District
In the hills of southeastern Ohio, towns are few and far between. This region is known as Ohio's Hill Country. Campers and hikers enjoy the tranquility of the only national forest in Ohio. The forest is open year-round and forest use, with a few exceptions, is free. There are places where people can truly get away from it all and find virtual solitude. An out-of-the-way campground on the north shore of Burr Oak Lake offers seclusion for campers.
Wayne National Forest offers a 72-mile off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail in the Monday Creek area of the Athens Unit. This area attracts OHV riders from across the Midwest and is a premier system of trails. Mountain bikes are also welcome on the trail system. For the horseback rider, the Stone Church Horse Trail and Camp have 19 miles of backcountry trails for riding and a horse camp catering to the needs of horsemen. For the hiker and backpacker, some believe there is no trail in Ohio as fine as the 15 mile Wildcat Hollow trail. Trails are open from April 15 through December 15 each year for mountain bike, horse and ATV use. Trails are open year round for hiking. Permits are required to ride OHVs, horses, and mountain bikes.
Athens Ranger District - Athens Unit
13700 U.S. Highway 33
Local Number: (740) 753-0101
Fax: (740) 753-0119
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Special Hours: Hours are for office, forest is always open.
Trail Permits (daily): 12.00
OHV, Mountain Bikes and Horse Riders required to have a trail permit
Trail Permits (Season): 45.00
OHVs, Mountain bikes, and horse riders are required to have permits on the trail systems.
Trail Permit (weekend): 24.00
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