The Hanging Rock area of the Wayne National Forest provides some excellent opportunities for riding all-terrain vehicles and off highway motorcycles, which requires a valid trail permit.
The trail system has 26 miles of trail available for off-road vehicle, hiking, and mountain bike use.
Let’s hear from Walker Fowler, a Professional ATV Racer, who recently visited one of our off-highway vehicle trail systems.
“It’s a solid trail. It was challenging and it was fun…flowy. Wayne National and public lands in general some people kind of think it might be kind of lame or might not be what their interested in because they just race the tracks. I’m here to tell you that the trail system I just rode is as good as any trail that I have ever been on.”
The Hanging Rock Trail System winds through an area strip-mined in the 1960's and 1970's. Much of the upland area was badly scarred, and some areas are left with steep slopes providing challenging trails to riders.
The area is also known for its fishing ponds, 51 of which are available for fishing. The ponds which are scattered along the trail, offer a nice backdrop while riding.
We ask all riders to ride safely and responsibly, which include staying on designated trails.
Rob Dingman, President and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association and All-Terrain Vehicle Association talks about staying on designated trails.
“If you get off the trail that frequently causes environmental problems. Whether it’s erosion or other challenges that the Forest Service has to deal with. Forest Service doesn’t have the resources necessary to resolve any problems that are created by people staying off the trail. So it’s really vital that people respect the trail, stay on the trail and not deviate because we are really fortunate to have a trail system we do here on the Wayne National Forest and we want to make sure we preserve that and help the Forest Service to keep the trails in the best shape possible.”
The Forest requires riders to wear an approved helmet and eye protection when riding. We also ask riders not to ride under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and be courteous to other trail users.
During the 2018 trail season, trails open Friday, April 13, 2018, at 12:01 a.m. and close on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Trails are open year-round for hiking.