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Wayne National Forest, Ohio – Volunteer Vacations 2022

June 19 - June 25

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The Wayne National Forest is a patchwork of public land that covers over a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. The Wayne National Forest is within a few hours’ drive of several metropolitan areas such as Columbus, Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Pittsburgh. Yet it retains an air of nostalgia, with covered bridges, rockshelters, springs and rugged hills covered with hardwood and pine, visitors to the Wayne are welcome to camp, hike, hunt, and fish. There are over 400 miles of trails on the forest for hiking, off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding, mountain biking, or horseback riding. On this trip, American Hiking Society volunteers will work on the Lake Vesuvius Lake shore Trail doing bench work, clearing, trimming, and trash clean up. The Lakeshore Trail is a scenic 8.25 mile trail that follows along the shore of Lake Vesuvius. This scenic trail takes you under overhanging hemlock, along rock bluffs, and across foot bridges.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the (Osage), Shawandasse Tula, (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), Kaskaskia, Hopewell, and Adena peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.


Forest Service


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day hiking up to 2 miles each work day.

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Lake Vesuvius is a popular location for swimming and fishing. Anglers may catch bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. A boat ramp is located on-site. A swimming beach is located at Big Bend. A large playing field and multiple hiking trails are available within the recreation area. The accessible 1/3-mile boardwalk along the southwest edge of the lake provides an opportunity for a leisurely stroll through the area, and the slightly longer 1/2-mile Longbow Archery Trail, accesses at least 25 field targets for shooting practice. The area boasts more than 25 miles of hiking trails and more than 45 miles of horseback riding trails

Accommodations Description

The recreation area offers two developed family campgrounds, a group camp and group picnic shelters. The group campsite can accommodate up to 50 people for tent camping, so there is plenty of room to spread out. It is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.


Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV is the closest major airport. Airport pickup is not provided for this trip. Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from camp and the work site. Carpooling can be arranged once the project is confirmed.


Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area
6518 State Route 93, Pedro, OH 45659 United States + Google Map