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Ohio State Parks

USA Parks
Southeast Ohio Region
Perry State Forest
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Small Boy Fishing ©
Gone fishin.
Somerset, Ohio   43783
(lat:39.7755 lon:-82.1986)

Phone: (740) 674-4035
Whether you come to Perry to Ride APVs (all purpose vehicles), go horseback riding, hunt or just visit, you will have an enjoyable state forest experience. Much of Perry State Forest was strip mined for coal prior to existing reclamation law, 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 CR 48. Several reforestation and test tree planting have been established on the forest. Note: The AVP area is open from April 2 through November 30. The Perry APV area is the most popular public riding area in Ohio. Miles of challenging trails are open. 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.
GeneralLand, acres4,567
 Hiking Trail, miles16
 Bridle Trails, miles8

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 8
The Perry State Forest APV Area is one of the most enjoyed public riding locations in Ohio. 16 miles of marked map trails cross ridges and deep hollows within the scramble area. Perry State Forest also utilizes the scramble area with User Developed Trails that intersect within map trails making a full day of riding. New unloading ramp, vault toilet, and trail improvements have been added in 2013. For more information visit -
April 27 One of my favorite places to ride by yzfrey133
Good trails.Something for everyone. Would like to see a better trial marking system. Especially one that would show you how to get back to the parking lot. Over all I liked it the trails better than Wayne
November 23 good atv rideing by JAB
has nice trail riding and challenging hill climbs something for everyone
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