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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

Nelsonville, Ohio 45764

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (740) 753-0101
Fax: (740) 753-0119

E-mail Address(es)


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

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa



Wayne National Forest Office on Highway 33

The unusual architechure of this building attracts visitors to the welcome center and interpretive displays offered by the Wayne N.F. as well as more information on area attractions.

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  • Tour de Athens
    by Partner Author

    Your summer adventure starts in Athens! Make it what you want!

    Day One:

    9:00 am      Breakfast at Village Bakery
    10:00 am    Passion Works Studio
    11:00 am    Shopping in Uptown Athens
    12:00 pm    Lunch at Restaurant Salaam
    1:30 pm      Beads & Things (make your own jewlery!)
    3:00 pm      Kennedy Museum of Art
    4:00 pm      Dairy Barn Arts Center
    6:00 pm      Dinner at Casa Nueva
    8:00 pm      Live Music Uptown / Ohio University's Performing Arts Series
    11:30 pm    Star Gazing on Radar Hill

    Day Two:

    9:00 am      Breakfast at Hotel
    10:00 am    Quilt Barn Tour
    11:00 am    Wayne National Forest Tour
    12:00 pm    Lunch at Fullbrooks Cafe
    1:00 pm      Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
    3:30 pm      Shop at Rocky Outdoor Gear Store and Outlet
    5:30 pm      Dinner at Zoe's Fine Dining
    8:00 pm      Show at Stuart's Opera House

    If you need help planning your visit to Athens, call the Athens CVB at 800-878-9767 or visit

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