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Wayne National Forest - Ironton Ranger District

The Ironton District of the Wayne National Forest provides 100,000 acres of public land to enjoy. Here, far from the big cities, this part of Ohio offers rural landscapes and a variety of activities available to the public. The rolling hills north of the Ohio River are a patchwork of farmland, small communities, and expanses of national forest land. The general forest area is open year-round and most activities are free.

The most popular attraction on this part of the Wayne National Forest is Lake Vesuvius. The 143-acre lake includes a wooden boardwalk, fishing piers, boat rentals, trails, and a nature center. The newly renovated Oak Hill Campground  offers a fully-accessible camping experience.

The Forest Service office that manages this area is located on Highway 93 just north of Lake Vesuvius. Three areas provide trail systems for off-highway vehicles (OHVs). One is the Hanging Rock area which provides 26 miles of trail, others are the 19-mile Pine Creek area and the 11-miles Superior Trail area. These trail systems are open from April 15-December 15 each year. In addition to Lake Vesuvius, the Ironton District has several other fishing lakes. The Hanging Rock complex has over 50 small lakes for anglers. Other fishing pond complexes, trails, and hunting opportunities are available.


Ironton Ranger District Office
6518 State Route 93

Pedro, Ohio 45659

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (740) 534-6500
Fax: (740) 534-0620

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: The hours above are only for the administrative office. The Forest is open 24 hours a day.




Trail Permit - Daily: 12.00
Permit required for OHV, mountain bike, and horse riders.
Trail Permit Seasonal: 45.00
Permits required for OHVs, mountain bikes, and horses on the trails systems.
Trail permit - weekend: 24.00

Accepted Forms of Payment

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



New Vesuvius boardwalk

A fully accessible boardwalk provides access along the lake for fishing and hiking.

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