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Perry State Forest

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alt Names Buckeye Fork
Last Known Status Open

This area was once an active coal mining operation but now offers about 16 miles of rugged ATV trails, 8 miles of horseback trails and 24 miles of hiking trails. The terrain offers a nice variety of hard pack to rocky trails with various elevation changes and a few play areas.

The main staging area offers some basic amenities that consists of picnic tables and vault toilets but camping or overnight parking is not permitted. There is no fee to ride but machines must display a current Ohio APV Tag.

The forest is seasonal and offroad use is permitted between April through the end of November. Jeeps and other large vehicles are not permitted on the trails.

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Nearest City New Lexington, OH
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From: New Lexington, OH
1) Take SR-345 north about 3 miles
2) Turn left on Township Hwy 154, continue about 1 mile.
3) Staging area is on the left.
Area Trail
Land State Forest
Rating Rating        
Recommended Stay Full Day
Square Miles 7
Miles Of Trail 16
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 950 to 1100 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
Sand This trail has little sandy areas.Little
Mud The trail has some mud after it rains.Some
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has many trees.Many
Steep Hills This trail has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The trail has some water crossings.Some
Small Jumps This trail has some small jumps.Some
Berms The trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This state forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single Track This state forest has some single track trails.Some
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
Permit Required No ATVs/motorcycles must be registered
Dates Open April 1 - November 30
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width Yes (50 inches) has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted (maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted (maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets Required Yes
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Prohibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Prohibited
Night Riding No riding is permitted from sunrise to sunset
Cross Country Prohibited keep vehicle on trail
Alcohol Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.
Parking ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
Riding ($0.00)
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (N) Genesis-Bethesda Hospital (740) 454-4000
Gasoline Gasoline 1-5 Miles (SE) Kroger Gas Station (740) 342-3578
Diesel Diesel 1-5 Miles (SE) Kroger Gas Station (740) 342-3578
Potable Water Water 5-20 Miles (SE) Burr Oak State Park Campground (740) 767-3570
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SE) Burr Oak State Park Campground (740) 767-3570
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SE) Burr Oak State Park Campground (740) 767-3570
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (SE) Burr Oak State Park Campground (740) 767-3570
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (SE) Kroger Grocery Store (740) 342-3578
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (SE) Burr Oak State Park Beach (740) 767-3570
Body of Water Water Body On Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (SE) Burr Oak State Park Boat Ramp (740) 767-3570
Contact Info Perry State Forest
6665 Cutler Lake Road
Blue Rock, OH 43720
(740) 674-4035
Contact Info Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
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Perry State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 11/9/2012 (Thanks!)
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OHV at Perry State Forest Trail

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Perry State Forest Trail Photo

Perry State Forest Trail

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Perry State Forest Trail Photo

Perry State Forest Trail

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