North of Ironton and east of Portsmouth in the Wayne National Forest, the Pine Creek ATV Trail System has 20 miles of rolling trails through scenic forest open to ATV riders. There are three trailheads that service the three trails in this system. Camping is permited at all three trailheads, but keep in mind that ATV riding is prohibited on the forest service roads. The Pine Creek OHV Trail System is shared with mountain bikers and dirt bike riders, so keep an eye out and slow down when passing. These trails can be crowded on the weekends.
To reach the Telegraph Trailhead for the ATV riding at Pine Creek ORV Trail System from Ironton, head north on SR93 for 23 miles. Turn left on CR193 for 1/8 mile to the parking area. This trailhead is at the far eastern end of the Telegraph Trail. The Telegraph Trail heads west for 5 miles to the intersection of the other two trails.
To reach the Lyra Trailhead from Whellersburg, head east on CR2 to Lyra. Turn right on Township Road 30 for 0.5 miles to the trailhead parking on the left. This trailhead is the far southwestern end of the Lyra Trail. The Lyra Trail heads northeast from the trailhead for 4 miles to the intersection with the other two trails.
To reach the Wolcott Trailhead from Ironton, head north on SR93 to SR522. Head west on SR522 for 3.5 miles to Township Road 257. Continue for 3 miles to the trailhead.
Note: In the Wayne National Forest, all ATV’s must display an Ohio APV tag and a Wayne National Forest ATV permit. ATV riding on the forest service roads is prohibited and aggressively enforced. All ATV riders must use a helmet and goggles. The trails are closed from mid-December through mid-April. The routes are designed only for ATV’s under 50 inches wide, so do not attempt to ride side-by-side UTV’s on these trails. Night riding is permitted on the Pine Creek OHV Trail System providing that the ATV has working lights.
Overall, Pine Creek OHV Trail System is the 3rd most popular ATV riding trail of all 17 ATV trails in Ohio.