COLUMBUS – Four additional miles of All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) trails have been opened at Pike State Forest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry. These new trails are located on a 144-acre property acquired in 2015 utilizing State Recreational Vehicle (SRV) funds. These four miles of new trail bring the total Pike APV State Forest trail system to nearly 20 miles of trail.

“This is a great addition to Ohio’s state forest conservation lands and will provide many benefits to Ohioans,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry. “We feel strongly about continuing to be good stewards of the SRV fund by providing for well-maintained trails and expanding the trail system through new land acquisitions whenever possible. This acquisition will help make the Pike APV area a better destination for riders in the state.”

The SRV fund is composed of APV registration money and is used to directly support the expansion, development, and maintenance of state APV trails in Ohio. APVs include four-wheelers, dirt bikes, side by sides, and dual-sport motorcycles.

The new area, located across State Route 124, has several unique features, including a designated highway crossing, two-acre novice riding area, and shelter house with covered roof for machines, and an additional kiosk with trail map.

New to Pike State Forest is the addition of four pull-in campsites at the new area, which will allow riders to park and camp overnight. To use these campsites, visitors must have their Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)-registered APV with them on-site and they must be camping in an RV with its own self-contained sanitary (toilet) system. In addition to the new APV area and trails, land included in the recently acquired 144-acre property will be managed for multiple uses including sustainable timber production, wildlife habitat, soil and water protection, and recreation.

Including Pike State Forest, there are four APV areas located on state forest land in Ohio. This includes a combined total of 50 miles of trails at Pike, Richland Furnace, Perry, and Maumee state forests. Any APVs registered through the BMV are permitted to be ridden at these areas. APVs are mandated by Ohio Administrative Code to be 62" or less in width to be allowed access to the state forest APV area trails. There are approximately 45,000 registered machines in an average year in Ohio. Each of these registrations has contributed to the maintenance, development, and expansion of their state APV areas.

Please visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov/recreation to find out more about the state APV areas. Riders interested in registering their machines to ride on the state APV areas, should visit bmv.ohio.gov for more information or contact your local BMV office.