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Wayne National Forest to open trails

NELSONVILLE — The Wayne National Forest will open trails to designated off-highway vehicle (OHV), horse, and mountain bike use on Friday. Wayne National Forest staff, partners, and volunteers have been working hard to prepare trails for reopening.

“Thanks to the efforts of our employees, partners, and volunteers, we are preparing to reopen our designated trails on May 15,” said Forest Supervisor Carrie Gilbert. “We are happy these riding trails will soon be available again for public use and enjoyment. While we understand that some visitors may be excited to return to their favorite outdoor recreation activities, we urge them to ride responsibly and follow state and federal guidelines on social distancing and staying safe.”

All trails are currently open for hiking use only. Campgrounds, group picnic shelters and swimming areas will remain closed. While dispersed camping is allowed, camping at or within 200 yards of trailheads or other developed recreation sites is not allowed. Boat ramps remain open and fishing is allowed.

Vault toilets will remain closed. Portable toilets and trash service will be provided at some recreation sites and trailheads to maintain sanitary conditions for visitors and employees who maintain these sites.

At this time, trail passes will only be available from local vendors beginning May 12. Authorized vendors are listed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wayne/passes-permits/?cid=fsm9_005979. Trail passes are $35 for season passes and $20 for 3-day passes. OHV riders should contact vendors in advance to learn their hours of operation. Passes are currently not available online or at Wayne National Forest offices.

Remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and/or parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

The Wayne National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Please remember to review current recommendations from coronavirus.gov along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.

For information on the projected recreation site opening dates by District and location, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne/, call your local Ranger Station, follow the Wayne National Forest on Facebook atWayneNationalForest or on Twitter @WayneNationalFS.