Updated Thu, Oct 17, 2013 3:39 pm
The Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio announced it has notified its employees to return to work and to start the process of safely reopening its facilities to the public.
As of 9 a.m., Thursday morning the Wayne National Forest Headquarters and Athens Ranger District office in Athens County was reopened to the public. The Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit office remains closed. The office is in the process of relocating to its new location (former Ohio Department of
Natural Resources State Nursery) at 27515A St. Rt. 7 in Reno. During the move, telephone assistance is available by calling (740) 753-0101.
On the Ironton Ranger District, its office has reopened in Pedro. The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area, including the Oak Hill and Iron Ridge Campgrounds are open to the public. Off-highway vehicle and horseback riding trails plan to reopen today (Oct. 17) by 2 p.m.
On the Athens Ranger District, off-highway vehicle, horseback riding and mountain bike trails are scheduled to be reopened by Friday, Oct. 18 afternoon. Burr Oak Campground and Stone Church Horse Camp plan to be reopened by Friday, Oct. 18 in the afternnon, with no water available. In Washington County, the Leith Run Recreation Area is closed for the season, while the Frontier Boat Launch is expected to be open also by Friday afternoon.