Located 70 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, the Athens Unit of the Athens Ranger District is home to the Wayne National Forest Welcome Center. From here you can learn about all that the Wayne National Forest has to offer and plan your trip.
I worked for the Wayne National Forest as a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) member when I was 18! We would meet at this beautiful building every morning to head out to do maintenance on the trails. The building has a lovely welcome center / small gift shop that is full of SUPER useful maps and information on trails, camping in the Wayne, the ATV trails, etc. There is a huge parking lot in the front and the side of the building and the roof is covered in solar panels! There is also a lovely native plant garden / pollinator area outside with informational signs. Additionally, there is an old (but well maintained) fire tower in the backyard (unsure if this is open to public). Overall a very great place to visit to get more information about camping in Wayne National Forest.