Wayne National Forest recreation season opens in April

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WTAP) - The Wayne National Forest will open its recreation season in April, officials said Monday.

Trails, campgrounds and permits will become available to the public on various dates during the month.

Designated trails for bicycles, horses and off-highway vehicles will be available between April 15 through mid-December. Hiking is allowed on all trails year-round.

Permits are no longer needed for riding bicycles and horses, but they are still required for off-highway vehicles, except on designated fee-waiver days.

Digital permits, also known as E-permits, will be available for off-highway-vehicle-trail use starting April 1.

They can be bought through the Wayne National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne, https://yourpassnow.com/parkpass or https://www.recreation.gov/.

Motorized trail users may also purchase paper trail permits. They will be available at Wayne National Forest Visitor Centers on or after April 8 and from designated local vendors on or after April 11.

Starting in 2020, the Wayne National Forest will only offer digital permits.

A copy of the permit must be carried when riding off-highway trails. Permits may be printed or displayed on mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, etc. Permit prices remain unchanged at $35 for a seasonal pass and $20 for a three-day pass.

Campgrounds at Lake Vesuvius will open April 5. All other campgrounds will open April 15.

Some campsites may be reserved a https://www.recreation.gov/. These include Leith Run Campground and its group picnic shelters; Oak Hill Campground; Iron Ridge Campground;Two Points Group Campground and Picnic Shelter; and the Lake Vesuvius’ Roadside and Furnace Group Picnic Shelters.

All other sites, including Burr Oak Cove, Lane Farm, Hune Bridge, Ring Mill, and Lamping Homestead Campgrounds, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 244,000-acre Wayne National Forest offers a variety of recreation opportunities, including camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, nature viewing, canoeing and more.

Ohio's only national forest also offers more than 400 miles of trails.

For more information, visit at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne.

You also can follow Wayne National Forest on Facebook (@waynenationalforest) and Twitter (@waynenationalfs).