The Ohio Department of Natural Resources continues to operate in accordance with guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ohio. We want to assure our visitors that we are monitoring the situation closely and doing all we can to protect the public and our staff.
Discover the Outdoors Online with Our Experts
If you can’t visit one of our properties in person, we have amazing video resources to connect you to the natural, historical, and cultural assets of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Explore the links on our Field Notes YouTube Playlist to learn more about the wonders you can find in Ohio’s great outdoors.
What is Open
Public outdoor spaces at Ohio state parks, wildlife areas, forests and nature preserves remain open, including trails, dog parks, and docks with a few exceptions:
- Hocking Hills State Park areas open as of June 15: Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House.
- Hocking State Forest areas open as of June 15: Horse camp, Airplane Rock, and bridle trails north of Unger Road rappelling area.
- Boardwalks at Maumee Bay and Punderson have reopened.
We’ve assembled a list of beautiful hiking trails that may be new to you. If you head out, use common sense, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and remember to plan ahead – most restrooms and other facilities are closed at Ohio Department of Natural Resources properties statewide. trails.ohiodnr.gov/trail-highlights
What is Limited
- Parking. If a parking area is full or a parking lot is blocked, move on. Cars parked on roadways or grass will be ticketed.
- Trout stockings will continue this spring but events associated with stockings have been canceled.
- If you wish to access Army Corps of Engineers properties, please check their websites for the latest information. Some Army Corps properties are not accessible at this time
What is Closed
- Most restrooms. Please plan accordingly.
- All visitor centers and nature centers
- Fire towers
- Group facilities, including shelter houses, group rentals, group camps
- Naturalist programs, hikes, and special events at ODNR properties are suspended until further notice.
- Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center (Erie County) is closed.
- Hocking Hills State Park areas that remain closed: Campground, cabins, Old Mans Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, and Whispering Cave.
- Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve remains closed.
- Hocking State Forest closed areas include the fire tower and its parking lot, and the bridle trails south of the rappelling area.
- Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is closed.
ODNR office locations are closed, but ODNR staff is still here to assist you:
- All Division of Forestry office locations and state forest office sites are closed to the public until further notice. All fire towers are closed. Hocking State Forest closures additionally include all trails, rock climbing and rappelling areas, and day-use bridle areas. For more information call 1-877-247-8733.
- All Division of Geological Survey office locations, including the Horace Collins Lab are closed to the public until further notice. For more information call 614-265-6576 Monday through Friday, 8am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm or by sending an email.
- All Division of Mineral Resource Management office locations are closed to the public until further notice. For more information call 614-265-6633 or by sending an email.
- All Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management offices are closed to the public until further notice. Staff is available by phone at (614) 265-6922 Monday through Friday 8am–5pm or by sending an email.
- All Ohio State Park and Watercraft offices, visitor centers, and nature centers are closed to the public. Staff is available by phone and email to respond to questions regarding local facilities, as well as current and new reservations.
- All Division of Wildlife district offices, visitor centers, and wildlife area headquarters are closed to the public and all hunter/trapper education courses are to be canceled until further notice. Contact Division of Wildlife