Wayne National Forest Welcome Center13700 Us Highway 33
Nelsonville, OH 45764-9552
740-753-0101 | https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/wayne/recarea/?recid=6238
Wayne National Forest Welcome Center
Covering approximately 238,053 acres in Southern and Southeastern Ohio, Wayne National Forest was established by the US government in 1934.
Covering approximately 238,053 acres in Southern and Southeastern Ohio, Wayne National Forest was established by the US government in 1934. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the area that became Wayne National Forest shares a great deal of history and culture with surrounding regions in West Virginia and Southwest Pennsylvania. With an abundance of timber, coal, natural gas, and oil, extractive industries were attracted to the region throughout the 1800’s, causing a boom in production and population. These industries also brought conflict, especially for the newly arriving European immigrant mineworkers who worked in dangerous conditions for low wages. Unfortunately, as industries moved away from the area much of the population followed for lack of other employment opportunities. The US Forest Service was given the task of reclaiming the area, and with the help of New Deal agencies like the Civilian Conservation Corps the land was reforested. Roads, fire towers, and recreational areas were constructed and now, almost 85 years later, the land has shown serious signs of recovery.
There are many things to do in Wayne National Forest and the surrounding areas today. Cabins, camp grounds, canoeing, bird watching, ATV and horse trails are all available. Primitive camping is offered in some areas, as are educational programs. Given its great size and the variety of activities available, Wayne National Forest remains one of Ohio’s great natural destinations. Information about the trails, campsites, and activities can be found at the Wayne National Forest Welcome Center located on Route 33.