Ride The Wayne
People come from everywhere to ride their APVs in southeastern Ohio and many of our Perry County communities allow street riding.
If you’ve got your own APV and you’re looking for a challenge, Tecumseh Trails is a great place to join the fun! The Trails, located in the Wayne National Forest, are maintained and operated today by a trio of devoted adventure fans, Jeff Dodson, Terry Dodson and Frank Thompson.
Tecumseh Trails is 1,376 acres of riding trails, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday with rough camping available on the property covered by your $20 trail admission. Please note: Riders and non-riders pay for admission which helps the team maintain the trails.
You’ll find the Tecumseh Trails entrance at 8621 State Route 155 SE in Hemlock, Ohio. You can connect with Tecumseh Trails through their website. There’s not a phone in the forest so shoot them an email through their website if you have questions.
BIGFOOT ATV ADVENTURES+
If you haven’t made the leap to ownership, Bigfoot ATV Adventures+ offers professionally-guided ATV rental packages. You’ll drive a newer model Polaris Rental Unit and follow BigFoot’s Lead Vehicle as you’re guided through 14,000 acres of awesome trails. Bigfoot ATV is great for a family and friends adventure with option to stay over night at BigFoot Lodge. BigFoot ATV is right on Main Street in New Straitsville and you can visit their website to book your rental, tour and stay!
WHERE TO STAY
The Tipis at Timber Ridge
A little further east of New Straitsville you’ll find The Tipis at Timber Ridge – sleep in a peaceful, wooded are with fire pit by a small lake. Rates are based on up to four people per night. The wooden tipi structure is 18 feet tall, and can sleep up to four people on a king size bed and two individual mattresses.
THINGS TO KNOW
Several communities nearby are APV-friendly – you can drive your APV inside some of our Villages including New Straitsville and New Lexington. Travel between villages and attractions may be restricted so be sure to check your routes before taking your APV on paved routes.
ABOUT THE WAYNE
The Wayne National Forest is Ohio’s only National Forest and… it didn’t exist 60 years ago!
You read that right. The Wayne was planted, tree-by-tree, as a WPA project funded by the U.S. government during the years following the Great Depression.
Young men from all over Ohio came to live in manufactured barracks housing in southeastern Ohio and went to work creating roadways, small dams and planting trees. Their work rejuvenated and brought forth 250,000 acres of land left barren by soil erosion and poor agricultural practices in the region.
When you’re riding through the rolling trails, you’re experiencing living history that shows us resilience is always possible even in the most dire circumstance. Enjoy the canopy of trees, the wildlife to see and the adventure of our Appalachian wilderness. Enjoy your ride!
GRAB & GO REFRESHMENTS | GAS
Shawnee Road Dog (Marathon) | Shawnee
7841 SR 93, Shawnee
WHERE TO EAT
Little Italy Pizza | New Straitsville
Pizza, Burgers, Wings, Subs, and more – all found in ATV-friendly New Straitsville!
110 W. Main Street, New Straitsville
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Shawnee Crossing | Shawnee
The locals’ favorite for pizza and more AND they deliver to Tecumseh Trails! Shawnee Crossing will be reopening in early 2023 with a new roof. Check online or call ahead to confirm they’re open.
317 W. Main Street, Shawnee
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Just up the road…
Strong & Co. | Somerset
The Strongs, a local brother and sister came back to town a few years ago and brought the joy of juicy, flavorful smoked meats with them. Strong & Co.’s menu is more than just barbecue, though, with big sandwiches, fresh salads and more to pair with a selection of craft beers in a comfy atmosphere right on the roundabout. Don’t miss their hearty weekend brunch menu.
107 E Main Street, Somerset
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The Clay Haus | Somerset
Don’t miss the Sunday Buffet and an all-around delicious menu of German and American favorites. Menu highlights include steaks, seafood – including fried oysters, Prime Rib Saturday and German standards including Bratwurst and Sauerbraten.
123 W. Main Street, Somerset
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