Wayne National Forest
It is the only national forest in Ohio and is clustered in three areas along the Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio River. The southern cluster is primarily located in Lawrence County and spans from Portsmouth to Gallipolis and along the northern banks of the Ohio River. The northwestern cluster primarily spreads across Athens, Hocking and Perry Counties and includes Athens on its southern end. The northeastern cluster is located in Washington and Monroe Counties running from Marietta northeast along the Ohio River.
The grounds include many areas that were strip mined in the late 1800s. Accordingly, the forest includes areas experiencing various degrees of reforestation.
The forest is nestled in rugged foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range, north of the Ohio River Valley.
Flora and fauna
The Wayne National Forest boasts more than 2,000 species of plants, including hardwoods, pine and cedar as well as an endangered species, running buffalo clover. Wildlife includes hawks, osprey, wild turkey and songbirds as well as deer and beaver.
Also the Wayne National Forest is an approximately 2-hour drive from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), a Continental Airline Hub, via I-77 south or Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), a Delta Airline Hub, travel east along US-50 or SR-32 to the forest areas.
The forest includes 300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback and ATVs.
Exercise ordinary caution as in any outdoor activity.