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Wayne National Forest Prepares to Open Trails
Southeastern Ohio


NELSONVILLE, Ohio (April 12, 2016) – The Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio announces Friday, April 15 is opening day for more than 400 miles of designated trails, which includes motorized, horse and mountain bike trails.

Motorized trail riding continues to be one of the more popular recreation activities on the Wayne National Forest. The Forest has 148 miles of motorized trails, the largest trail system of its kind in Ohio.  Riders are reminded that vehicles 50 inches in width or less are permitted on the trails.

In addition to motorized trails, it’s also opening day for more than 84 miles of horseback and 107 miles of mountain bike trails. Over 106 miles of designated hiking trails are open year-round and do not require a permit.

In 2015, more than 9,000 trail permits were sold.  A large majority of permits sold were to motorized trail riders. Based on 2015 trail permits sales, it is estimated that the Wayne National Forest receives 25,000 to 30,000 visits annually from trail use. 

Trail permits are required and are available online or at several participating vendors.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and on Facebook.

Learn more about our trails in the Ride the Wayne brochure. or from this video themed “Don’t Ruin the Ride” aimed at off-highway vehicle riders who use public lands for riding on designated trails. As the largest off-highway vehicle trail system in Ohio, land managers on the Wayne National Forest are optimistic the video will encourage riders to ride responsibly, while being mindful of natural resources. The video was produced in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest and the American Motorcyclist Association/All-Terrain Vehicle Association to promote safe and legal use.


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