State forests to open All-Purpose Vehicle areas in April


COLUMBUS – Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the spring weather at one of the state’s designated All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) areas, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The APV areas are located on four state forest properties—Maumee in northwest Ohio, Pike in south-central, Richland Furnace in the southeastern part of the state and Perry in east-central.

“The four ODNR APV areas are ideal for people to get out with their family and friends and experience Ohio’s state forests,” said Robert Boyles, ODNR deputy director and state forester. “APV riders are urged to ride safely, stay on the designated trails and remember to register their machines through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).”

Pike, Richland Furnace and Perry state forests will open their APV areas on April 1 for APV trail use, and they will close following the last day of regular deer gun season in the fall. The APV area at Maumee State Forest is open year-round, and snowmobile use is allowed when conditions permit. The APV areas are maintained by the ODNR Division of Forestry.

Funds from each APV registration are deposited into the State Recreational Vehicle Fund and are used by the ODNR Division of Forestry for projects that directly support the state’s APV areas. Recent and upcoming improvements include:

144 acres adjacent to the Pike State Forest APV Area were acquired last year. The ODNR Division of Forestry is currently planning the installation of new trails on this property.

Perry State Forest’s APV trail expansion and improvement continues on property that was purchased early in 2015.

A 24-acre property was purchased at the Pike State Forest APV area late in 2013. This property includes the new novice area with a dirt track loop and new forest trail loop, which have been open to the public for the last two seasons.

Future projects include a new shelter house at the Maumee State Forest APV area, new trail maintenance equipment, additional trails and continued expansion of APV riding areas.

Trail users must have a valid APV registration obtained through the BMV. Required safety gear includes helmets, gloves and eye protection. A recent rule change now allows APVs, including utility task vehicles (UTVs), up to 62″ in width as long as valid title and registration have been acquired through the BMV. Points of emphasis this year are the requirement for an out-of-state registration for states without similar registration laws and the new requirements for a spark arrestor and muffler compliant with industry-standard sound limitations.

The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.