OUTDOOR RECREATION 2020 – WNF trails open to hikers, bikers, horses
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everything, including how the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is operating the state parks.
The public outdoor spaces at state parks, nature preserves, forests and wildlife areas including trails and docks are still open with the exception of Hocking Hills State Park. However, restrooms and other facilities are closed.
Locally, the trails of Wayne National Forest are open to designated off-highway vehicle, horse and mountain bike use.
“We are happy these riding trails will soon be available again for public use and enjoyment,” said Forest Supervisor Carrie Gilbert. “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.
Authorized vendors are listed at https://tinyurl.com/ybr77cu2.
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.
Please 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.
Parking is limited at the state parks and the ODNR said that if a parking lot is full or closed, move on to the next one since cars parked in the grass or on the roadways will be ticketed.
Things that are closed are ODNR offices, visitor centers, nature centers, state park lodges, cabins, showers, campgrounds, golf courses, playgrounds, horse camps, state park marina buildings and APV areas.