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Wayne National Forest Opens Trails, Recreation Areas for the 2014 Season
Posted on: 04/15/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
Today, the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio opened more than 100 miles of designated motorized trails, by far the largest trail system of its kind in Ohio.
 
To celebrate the occasion, the Forest and the Columbus-based based American Motorcyclist and All-Terrain Vehicle Association renewed a five-year agreement to promote legal and safe use of off-highway vehicles. 
 
The agreement was signed early this morning in the Dorr Run Off-highway Vehicle Trail Area near the Athens-Hocking county line.    
 
Motorized trail riding has become one of the most popular recreation activities on the Wayne National Forest. In 2013, The Forest sold more than 7,500 trail permits; a large majority of permits sold were to motorized trail riders. It’s estimated that the Wayne’s motorized trails receive 20,000 to 30,000 visits annually.  
 
In addition to motorized trails, the Wayne National Forest also opened 78 miles of horseback and 94 miles of mountain bike trails today. Trail permits are available online or at participating vendors.  
 
Over 92 miles of designated basic hiking trails are available without a permit.  
 
The Forest has also opened its recreation areas such as campgrounds and picnic areas.  
 
The Wayne’s headquarters are at 13700 US 33, Nelsonville. There are branch locations in Ironton and Marietta.
 
For more information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne .  
 
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