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Perry State Forest

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

Buckeye Fork

Last Known StatusOpen

This area was once an active coal mining operation but is now a state forest that 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 is only open for day use. Camping can be found at nearby Perry Backwoods Campground which offers electric and water hookups plus direct trail access. 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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Permit RequiredYesOhio APV Tag
Dates OpenApril 1 - November 30
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (62 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 62 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNoriding permitted from sunrise to sunset
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size4,706 acres (7 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail16
Climate TypeForest
Elevation950 to 1100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis state forest has some single track trails.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Kroger Gas Station (740) 342-3578
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)Kroger Gas Station (740) 342-3578
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Burr Oak State Park Campground (740) 767-3570
RV Hookups RV HookupOn SitePerry Backwoods Campground (330) 224-0759
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Burr Oak State Park Campground (740) 767-3570
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SitePerry Backwoods Campground (330) 224-0759
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Kroger Grocery Store (740) 342-3578




Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityNew Lexington, OH
AddressTownship Hwy 154 NE, New Lexington, OH 43764
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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.


Contact InfoPerry State Forest
6665 Cutler Lake Road
Blue Rock, OH 43720
(740) 385-4402
Contact InfoOhio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 752-7800
CommentATV and Motorcycle Registration Info
Contact InfoPerry Backwoods Campground
6305 Twp Rd 154 Ne New
Lexington, OH 43764
(330) 224-0759


Perry State Forest Trail Photo

Perry State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 11/9/2012 (Thanks!)

Perry State Forest Trail Photo

OHV at Perry State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 5/6/2013 (Thanks!)

Perry State Forest Trail Photo

Perry State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 11/1/2013 (Thanks!)

Perry State Forest Trail Photo

Perry State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 2/19/2014 (Thanks!)

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