How to Spend the Day at Wayne National Forest

Mountain biking through Wayne National Forest

With over 200,000 acres of peaceful wilderness, Wayne National Forest is the ideal spot for adventurers and nature lovers to visit! This area is tucked away in the Appalachian foothills and is home to trickling streams, meadows of wildflowers, and abundant wildlife. Plus, the forest has over 300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, ATV riding, and horseback riding! Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or some heart-pumping exercise, a trip to Wayne National Forest is a wonderful way to spend the day in Hocking Hills.

Do you want to know more spots to explore in Ohio? Take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide! In it, you’ll find lists of great hiking trails, fishing spots, scenic lakes, areas like the Wayne National Forest, and more! It’s full of activities and experiences you won’t want to miss during your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.

Exploring Wayne National Forest


If you want to experience some of the best hiking in Hocking Hills, you’ve come to the right place! The Wildcat Hollow Hiking Trail features 15 miles of trails along ridgetops, pine forests, meadows, and stream bottoms. There is also a 5-mile loop that’s perfect for a short hike! Check the USDA Forest Service Website for maps and information on day use hikes and backpacking.


For those looking to cycle through Wayne National Forest, there are 209 miles of scenic bike trails just waiting to be discovered. Mountain biking is allowed in several areas including the Hanging Rock Trail System, Monday Creek Trail System, North Country Trail, and the Scenic River Trail. The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area also has provisions for road cyclists. However, you should keep in mind that a trail permit is required for all off-road biking.

Horseback Riding

If you’d like to indulge in some gorgeous scenery on horseback, you can have an equestrian adventure through the Wayne National Forest. Kinderhook Horse Hocking Hills ATV RentalsTrail  and the Vesuvius Horse Trail are our favorites for exploring on saddleback. You’ll traverse open fields, dense brushland, and lush forest, all while winding through the picturesque hills!

ATV Riding

With a special permit, you can rent and ride an ATV in Wayne National Forest! R Adventure Park is located just 15 minutes away from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Here, you’ll find a variety of quads that are perfect for everyone from beginners to experts. Then, hit the trails!


Wayne National Forest is an excellent spot to cast a line. The Leith Run Recreation Area has estuary fishing on the banks of the Ohio River and is open April through October. With so many acres of land available, anglers enjoy lake, pond, river, and stream fishing. Choose where you’d like to go and start reeling in your catch!

Retreat Back to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

inside of yurtAfter exploring Wayne National Forest, come back and relax at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Our Hocking Hills retreat sits on 75 acres of uninterrupted woods and forests, so you can continue enjoying the nature of Ohio during your stay. Browse through our cozy lodging options to start planning your getaway. With our outstanding amenities and delicious complimentary breakfast every morning, you’ll feel right at home! Grab dinner at our restaurant or relax at our spa; our property is yours to enjoy.