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Perry State Forest
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Perry State Forest
Description - Perry State Forest consists of 4,567 rugged acres of reclaimed strip mine land, resulting in very rugged, sometimes barren terrain. Since the state acquired the area in 1961, some reclamation has been accomplished, including a large area along County Road 48. Several reforestation and test tree planting have been established on the forest.

Attractions - Whether you come to Perry State Forest to ride APVs (all purpose vehicles), go horseback riding, hunt or just visit, you will have an enjoyable experience. The Perry APV area is the most popular public riding area in Ohio. Eight color-coded trails offer miles of challenging terrain. The APV area is closed annually, December 1 through Marsh 31. Picnic tables and latrines are provided at the parking area.

Perry State Forest has a very scenic, day use bridle trail system. Parking for horse trailer rigs is provided along County Road 48. The Miles Lake water is suitable for horses.

The diversity of forest cover encourages a variety of wildlife species and hunting opportunities.
Berries, nuts and mushrooms may be gathered and removed except from tree seed orchards or posted areas.

Perry State Forest is open to visitors between the hours of 6 AM and 11 PM.

Recreation - Recreations available at Perry State Forest include APV use, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife viewing, berry picking and nut and mushroom gathering.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Perry State Forest is located off of State Route 345, 4 miles north of New Lexington.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: casey (zanesville, ohio)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My brother in law rich rides there and he is nuts .the hills he climbs are awsome.i ride my kawasaki mahove down there and i rolled mt bike down a high wall but i am fine .

Filed By: Richard (zanesville, ohio)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and family spend alot of time at the apv area when we get the opportunity. I like the hill climbs and my wife likes the the mudd. it is easy to get lost there . If you go riding there you will most likely enjoy yourselves.If you get to visit go through the creek and look at the water fall yes your atv will make it up it just be carefull. as usuall Rock on!!!!!

Filed By: kevin (Middletown, OH)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Perry is a great place to ride(bike or quad). It has intermediate trails and also has terrain that appeals to the extreme rider. There are plentiful hill climbs and a wide variety of of terrain(mud, dirt, hard pack, sand, etc.). In comparison to Wayne Nation Forest, Perry has better hill climbs and you can ride about anywhere. Whereas Wayne you 'have' to stick to the marked trails. Wayne offers more riding area though. I've ridden a 50 mile day at Perry and a 78 mile day at Wayne. Both are worth the 3 hour drive for me.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I took our two boys over the weekend and it was great we road our apvs all over the place it a pot luck of terrain some trails are nothing more than a gravelroad others are more difficult.our sons are 5 and 9 and ride 50cc and 80cc 4weelers.and had litte problem with the terrain.the park map dose help but needs a key to explain its self.well worth the drive.be safe have fun.

Filed By: Eric Sterns (Somerset, OH)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I noticed that no one else had written anything, so I figured I would share what I know. I live near the edge of Perry State Forest, and I walk there all the time. If you live close by it might make a pretty nice trip. I enjoy walking there a great deal. But let's be honest here; this place is a big hole in the ground with trees around the edges. There are a few places with older forest growth, and I stress few, but mostly it's reclaimed strip land. What this means is that a long time ago the coal company dug a big hole in the ground and took the coal out. Later the State steps in and makes them try to disguise the hole, and the result is Perry State Forest. This makes for very rough country with highwalls and cliffs, fields full of shale and bare sandy earth, and sulfur lakes. If you're into four wheelers or APVs I guess that might be a good thing but I'm not so whatever. Deer are plentiful, and there are turkeys, and a few grouse and other game birds, and a few beaver. There are access roads throughout the place which are kept in excellent repair by the State. It's also a very lonely place. If you stay off the roads and trails you can walk for miles and miles without ever seeing a soul. It's a great place to go if you just want to be by yourself for a while. Despite being stripped out only a few decades ago, the local flora has made a decent comeback already. There are pine trees throughout the place, and a few nice stands of them. The stands of pines have been planted by the State, so most of them are in rows. Some of the older areas have started to reseed and grow naturally so this isn't as apparent there. I've found a great variety of plantlife there, including several species of native orchids and some other rarer wildflowers. There are a few gems to be found in the rough. I could go on, but I'll conclude by saying that if you are in the area anyway, you might as well check it out, but if you travel any distance just to go to this place you'll probably be disapointed. If there's anything else you want to know you can email me, but be aware that I changed my displayed email slightly to guard against spam, I think you can figure it out. Have fun!

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Contact Information:
Perry State Forest & APV Area, c/o Blue Rock State Forest, 6665 Cutler Lake Road , Blue Rock, OH, 43720-9740, Phone: 740-674-4035
, Dave.Hildebrand@dnr.state.oh.us

Additional Information:
Ohio State Parks and Forests - Great outdoor adventure begins in Ohio at one of the 20 state forests or one of the 73 award-winning state park sites.
Southeast Ohio - Ohio's rugged beauty awaits in Southeast Travel Region where miles of tree-lined trails traverse the landscape once inhabited by Native Americans.

Ohio Division of Forestry - Official agency website.
Ohio State Parks - Official Agency Website


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