Flooding Extending Seasonal Ohio Park Closure

Ohio’s Wayne National Forest has extended the Leith Run Recreation Area’s seasonal closure is through Friday, May 25 due to flooding.

The forest made the decision after heavy rainfall left the area under several feet of water from the Ohio River, according to the Perr County Tribune. The flood waters caused the entire area to be covered in silt. The campgrounds utility system is currently being evaluated for damages.

“We are working as quickly as possible to thoroughly clean the site and make the necessary repairs to reopen in time for the Memorial Day Weekend,” said Athens District Ranger Jason Reed.

Visitors who have made campsite reservations through May 25 have been notified and issued refunds through The reservation system is now taking reservations after May 25.

All other campgrounds across the forest, which are currently closed for the winter season, are expected to open on time. Trails only sustained minor damages from flooding and are currently open for hiking. The OHV, mountain bike and horseback riding trails are expected to open at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 13.

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