About Wayne National Forest-Ironton Ranger District
The Ironton District of the Wayne National Forest provides over 100,000 acres of public land to enjoy. This part of Ohio offers rural landscapes and a variety of activities available to the public. The rolling hills north of the Ohio River are a patchwork of farmland, small communities, and expanses of national forest land. The general forest area is open year-round and most activities are free. The most popular attraction on this part of the Wayne National Forest is the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area. It includes a 143-acre lake with a wooden boardwalk, fishing piers, kayak rentals, and hiking trails. The Oak Hill Campground offers a fully-accessible camping experience. The Forest Service office that manages this area is located off Highway 93 just north of Lake Vesuvius. Three areas provide trail systems for off-highway vehicles (OHVs). One is the Hanging Rock area which provides 26 miles of trail, others are the 20-mile Pine Creek area and the 17-mile Superior Trail area. These trail systems are open from mid-April through mid-December each year. In addition to Lake Vesuvius, the Ironton District has several other fishing lakes. The Hanging Rock complex has over 50 small ponds for anglers. Other fishing areas, trails, and hunting opportunities are available. The area includes the Lake Vesuvius horseback trail system. It is 46.66 miles long and is composed of 9 trails, 4 trailheads, and one horse campground. No permit is required to enjoy the horse trails.