The Wayne National Forest trail network opened for the
season last week and the trails remain open until December 15.
Chad Wilberger, recreation program manager for the Forest,
says there are about 134 miles of all-terrain-vehicle and
off-highway-motorcycle trails; 88 miles of horse trails; and 209 miles of
trails available to mountain bikers to enjoy. Wilberger adds that many of those
biking trails are shared with other types of trail users.
All trail riders age 16 and
older must purchase a Wayne National Forest trail permit to use the trails. While
such permits are not required for those under 16, motorized trail riders under
16 must be accompanied by a licensed operator, 18 or older. All motorized trail
riders must have a valid driver’s license, register their vehicles with the your
state BMV and must purchase a trail permit.
Wilberger says the costs of
permits are: seasonal permit $45; 3-day permit $24; or a daily permit is $12.
Permits can be purchased online, at participating vendor locations, or at any
of the Forest administrative offices.
You can learn more by
visiting the National Forest headquarters and visitor center on US 33 between
Athens and Nelsonville (740-753-0101) or stopping by the Marietta office at
27750 State Route 7 (740-373-9055).