“These are difficult decisions to make, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of our outdoor enthusiasts,” said Dan Balser, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “Visitors can still enjoy the state forests and for the safety of those visitors, it is our intent that these closures will prevent the gathering of large groups.”
Hiking is permitted on all state forest trails, including APV trails. Public outdoor spaces and all other trail systems, including small remote backpack camps will remain open. Bridle trails and mountain bike trails remain open for their designated uses, but visitors should follow social distancing guidelines.