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Lake Vesuvius - Wayne National Forest (Primitive)

Near: IrontonOH (Weather)
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46 Difficulty: Rigorous Trail
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Trail Description Well developed trail system with mostly groomed and well marked trails. While not especially steep, a fair amount of up and down requires well conditioned stock. Some of the most scenic riding in Ohio. Trail maps available from Ranger office on Rt 93 just north of turn-in. Trail riding requires a DAY USE FEE OF $5.00 per rider; or SEASON PASS OF $25.00. Purchase at the ranger station or the store just as you turn into the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area (see directions).
Best Time to Visit April 16 through December 15. Good place to ride when other trails are muddy. We were there after a period of heavy rain and the trails were in good condition.
Times to Avoid Trails closed December 15 through April 15.
Campground Paddle Creek is primitive. A toilet is scheduled to be installed in May or June 2002, weather permitting. Stream water available for horses, although check with the ranger district during dry season. There is no well at this camp. The camp site and trails were exceptionally clean when we visited in early May 2002.
Human Facilities: Horse Facilities: Operated by: Contact: Additional Information
Primitive Tie-up National Forest Service
740-534-6500
Ironton Ranger District
6518 State route 93
Pedro, OH 45659
Directions There are three trail heads: Sand Hill, Paddle Creek, and Johns Creek. Sand Hill and Johns Creek are primarily day use only. To reach Paddle Creek, Take state route 93 north of Ironton for approximately 7 miles. Turn right at the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area sign (purchase pass in store on corner). Go approx 4 miles on county Road 29 (Past Sand Hill TH). Turn left at the Paddle Creek sign. Go approx 2 mi on twp rd 245, which dead ends at camp.
This information was provided by Jo on 8/31/2002 10:10:56 PM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
 Easy
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)

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