List of National Forests

31°05′N 86°38′W
ConecuhManaged together with Alabama’s other national forests, Conecuh has two areas designated for recreation: Blue Lake and Open Pond. The dry, sandy uplands support longleaf pine forests, while the bottomlands have sinkhole ponds, springs, and swamps.
32°28′N 85°36′W
TuskegeeTuskegee National Forest’s Bartram National Recreation Trail was Alabama’s first National Recreation Trail. Tuskegee is one of the smallest national forests and is managed together with Alabama’s other national forests.
33°26′N 85°51′W
TalladegaTalladega National Forest includes the Cheaha and Dugger Mountain wilderness areas. The Talladega Scenic Byway and Pinhoti National Recreation Trail cross the forest. Talladega is managed together with Alabama’s other national forests.
34°14′N 87°20′W
William B. BankheadThis forest contains 153 mi (246 km) of trails and the Sipsey Wilderness, which at 24,922 acres (10,086 ha) is the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. It is managed together with Alabama’s other national forests.
56°48′N 133°54′W
TongassThe largest national forest, Tongass spans 500 mi (800 km) in southeast Alaska from the Canada–US border to the Pacific Ocean. Nearly one-third of the forest is covered by 19 wilderness areas. The forest includes Misty Fjords and Admiralty Island National Monuments.
60°28′N 149°07′W
ChugachAs the third largest national forest, Chugach covers three unique landscapes: the Copper River Delta, Eastern Kenai Peninsula, and Prince William Sound. Many of the streams contain salmon and trout, and glaciers still carve the land here. Over half of the forest is tundra and glaciers.
33°52′N 111°17′W
TontoTonto National Forest stretches from the Sonoran Desert to the pine forests at the Mogollon Rim. There are eight wilderness areas and several lakes and reservoirs in the forest.
34°35′N 112°36′W
PrescottVegetation in Prescott National Forest ranges from that characteristic of the Sonoran Desert at lower elevations to Ponderosa pine at higher elevations. There are eight wilderness areas and 450 mi (720 km) of trails in the forest.
34°45′N 111°33′W
CoconinoThe San Francisco Peaks, Mogollon Rim, and Oak Creek Canyon can be found in Coconino National Forest. The forest’s Sycamore Canyon is the second-largest canyon in Arizona’s Redrock Country. The forest also contains Humphreys Peak, which at 12,637 ft (3,852 m) is the highest point in Arizona.
35°56′N 112°09′W
KaibabLocated on the Colorado Plateau to both the north and south of Grand Canyon National Park, elevations in Kaibab National Forest reach 10,418 ft (3,175 m) on Kendrick Mountain in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. There is over 300 mi (480 km) of trails in the forest, including through the Kanab Creek Wilderness.
Arizona, New Mexico
32°30′N 110°40′W
CoronadoCovering the sky islands of the Southwest, Coronado National Forest also includes Mount Wrightson and the birding destination of Madera Canyon. There are eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as observatories on Mount Hopkins and Mount Lemmon.
Arizona, New Mexico
33°44′N 109°05′W
Apache–SitgreavesEncompassing the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains, this forest includes 34 lakes and over 680 miles (1,090 km) of rivers and streams, more than any other national forest in the arid Southwest.
35°42′N 93°21′W
Ozark–St. FrancisOzark–St. Francis National Forest has more than 400 mi (640 km) of trails, including the Ozark Highlands Trail. Blanchard Springs Caverns is a three-level cave system that is open for public tours.
Arkansas, Oklahoma
34°38′N 94°04′W
OuachitaIncluding the namesake Ouachita Mountains, this forest has nearly 800,000 acres (320,000 ha) of old-growth forest. The forest has two wilderness areas: Black Fork Mountain and Upper Kiamichi River.
32°45′N 116°36′W
ClevelandIn southern California, Cleveland National Forest has a Mediterranean climate and four wilderness areas. There are 22 endangered plant and animal species found in the forest. With its highest point at 6,271 ft (1,911 m) on Monument Peak, elevations are not as high here as in most of California’s other national forests.
34°03′N 116°57′W
San BernardinoSan Bernardino National Forest includes part of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The forest surrounds Lake Arrowhead and other reservoirs.
34°24′N 118°10′W
AngelesLocated in the San Gabriel Mountains at the edge of the Los Angeles metro area, this national forest includes five wilderness areas. Much of the forest is dense chaparral. Elevations in the forest range from 1,200 feet (370 m) to 10,064 feet (3,068 m) at the summit of Mount San Antonio.
34°32′N 119°46′W
Los PadresEncompassing portions of the California Coast and Transverse ranges of central California, Los Padres has ten wilderness areas covering about 48% of the forest. There are 1,257 mi (2,023 km) of trails and part of the Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway.
36°03′N 118°31′W
SequoiaSequoia National Forest includes Giant Sequoia National Monument, both named for the giant sequoia, the largest tree species in the world. There is 2,500 mi (4,000 km) of maintained and abandoned roads and 850 mi (1,370 km) of trails in the forest, including the Pacific Crest Trail.
37°16′N 119°12′W
SierraSierra National Forest is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and elevations reach 13,986 ft (4,263 m). There is 1,800 mi (2,900 km) of streams, 480 lakes, 11 reservoirs, and 63 campgrounds in the forest.
38°10′N 120°01′W
StanislausStanislaus National Forest has over 800 mi (1,300 km) of streams and four wilderness areas, including the Carson–Iceberg Wilderness. The Emigrant Wilderness borders the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park.
38°47′N 120°19′W
EldoradoIn the Sierra Nevada, Eldorado National Forest has 611 mi (983 km) of fishable streams and 297 lakes and reservoirs. There is 349 mi (562 km) of trails and 2,367 mi (3,809 km) of roads in the forest. The forest’s Desolation Wilderness is the most visited wilderness area per acre in the country.
39°23′N 120°32′W
TahoeTahoe National Forest is in the Sierra Nevada northwest of Lake Tahoe. Part of the Granite Chief Wilderness is within the forest. The Middle Fork of the American, Yuba, and North Yuba rivers cross or border the forest.
39°38′N 122°51′W
MendocinoMendocino is the only national forest in California not crossed by a paved highway. The forest’s Genetic Resource and Conservation Center produces plants for reforestation, watershed restoration, wildlife recovery, and other projects.
39°56′N 120°49′W
PlumasThere are 127,000 acres (51,000 ha) of old-growth forest in Plumas National Forest. The Little Grass Valley Recreation Area surrounds Little Grass Valley Reservoir and includes a campground and boat launch, among other facilities and services.
40°05′N 121°14′W
LassenSurrounding Lassen Volcanic National Park, this forest has three wilderness areas and 92,000 acres (37,000 ha) of old-growth Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests. Subway Cave is a lava tube that is 0.3 mi (0.48 km) long and open to the public.
40°21′N 123°36′W
Six RiversSix Rivers National Forest was named for the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen, and Eel rivers. The forest includes the Salmon River system, all of which has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River.
41°08′N 122°12′W
Shasta–TrinityThere is 6,278 mi (10,103 km) of streams in the forest, and elevations range from 1,000 ft (300 m) to 14,179 ft (4,322 m) on Mount Shasta. Five wilderness areas and 460 mi (740 km) of trails can be found in the forest.
41°34′N 120°53′W
ModocModoc National Forest contains the Medicine Lake Volcano, which has an elevation of 7,921 ft (2,414 m) and is the largest shield volcano in North America. There are 43,400 acres (17,600 ha) of the old-growth forest here along with Mill Creek Falls in the South Warner Wilderness.
California, Nevada
37°30′N 118°39′W
InyoLocated in the Sierra Nevada, Inyo includes Mono Lake, bristlecone pines, the Long Valley Caldera, nine wilderness areas, and Mount Whitney, which at 14,505 ft (4,421 m) is the highest point in the United States outside of Alaska.
California, Nevada
38°55′N 119°58′W
Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitThe Forest Service lands surrounding Lake Tahoe are managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, which was created in April 1973 in order to protect the lake’s unique ecological and recreational values.
California, Oregon
41°30′N 123°08′W
KlamathStraddling the California–Oregon border, this forest has part of five wilderness areas, 152 mi (245 km) of wild and scenic rivers, and 200 mi (320 km) of rivers for rafting, including on the Klamath River. The Siskiyou mariposa lily is endemic to the forest, being found nowhere else in the world.
37°30′N 107°39′W
San JuanSan Juan National Forest includes Chimney Rock National Monument and elevations that range from 5,000 ft (1,500 m) to over 14,000 ft (4,300 m). The forest’s Weminuche Wilderness is the largest in Colorado at 499,771 acres (202,250 ha).
37°43′N 106°37′W
Rio GrandeThe headwaters of the Rio Grande are in the San Juan Mountains in the western part of the forest, while the Sangre de Cristo Mountains form the eastern boundary. Elevations reach 14,345 ft (4,372 m) at the summit of Blanca Peak, overlooking the San Luis Valley and Great Sand Dunes National Park.
38°16′N 108°07′W
UncompahgreThe northern portion of the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre Plateau is located in this national forest. The forest also contains Uncompahgre Gorge and three wilderness areas.
38°24′N 105°56′W
San IsabelThere are 19 of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners in San Isabel National Forest, including the highest point, Mount Elbert at 14,440 ft (4,400 m). The forest includes the Sawatch Range, Collegiate Peaks, and Sangre de Cristo Range and is managed together with Pike National Forest.
38°41′N 106°41′W
GunnisonGunnison National Forest is located in the Rocky Mountains near Gunnison, Colorado. Among the seven wilderness areas in the forest are the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness. The Slumgullion Slide is a giant landslide due to the mineral montmorillonite.
39°05′N 107°54′W
Grand MesaIn western Colorado, Grand Mesa National Forest covers part of Battlement Mesa and most of Grand Mesa, the largest flattop mountain in the world with an average elevation of 10,500 ft (3,200 m). There are over 300 lakes in the forest. It is managed together with Gunnison National Forest and Uncompahgre National Forest.
39°10′N 105°27′W
PikePike National Forest includes Pikes Peak at an elevation of 14,115 ft (4,302 m) and three wilderness areas. Since 1975 the forest has been managed together with San Isabel National Forest.
39°34′N 106°53′W
White RiverWhite River National Forest has eight wilderness areas, twelve ski resorts, four large reservoirs, 2,500 mi (4,000 km) of trails, 1,900 mi (3,100 km) of roads, and ten peaks higher than 14,000 ft (4,300 m) in elevation.
39°41′N 105°56′W
ArapahoArapaho National Forest is in the high Rockies and includes six wilderness areas. It is currently managed jointly with Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland. The highest paved road in North America ascends Mount Evans at an elevation of 14,265 ft (4,348 m).
40°32′N 105°35′W
RooseveltLocated in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, Roosevelt National Forest has part of six wilderness areas. It is managed together with Arapaho National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland.
Colorado, Wyoming
41°14′N 106°15′W
Medicine Bow–RouttThis forest contains many ranges of the Rocky Mountains with elevations ranging from 5,500 ft (1,700 m) to 12,940 ft (3,940 m). There are ten wilderness areas and Rob Roy Reservoir, which covers 500 acres (200 ha).
29°12′N 81°44′W
OcalaOcala protects the world’s largest sand pine scrub forest. There are more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs in the forest along with four wilderness areas. There are over 600 lakes and part of the Florida Trail in the forest.
30°11′N 84°41′W
ApalachicolaAs the largest national forest in Florida, Apalachicola includes over 2,700 acres (1,100 ha) of water and 67 mi (108 km) of the Florida Trail. There are caverns and sinkholes at the Leon Sinks Geological Area, while Fort Gadsden is along the Apalachicola River.
30°19′N 82°27′W
OsceolaThe Big Gum Swamp Wilderness is the forest’s only wilderness area, and the Osceola Research Natural Area was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The Civil War Battle of Olustee occurred in what is now the forest, and 23 mi (37 km) of the Florida National Scenic Trail passes through the forest.
34°45′N 84°07′W
Chattahoochee–OconeeWith 430 mi (690 km) of trails, this forest contains the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Georgia’s highest point, Brasstown Bald at 4,784 ft (1,458 m) is in the forest, and several Civil War battles were fought in the area.
44°07′N 115°34′W
BoisePortions of the Boise, Payette, and South and Middle Forks of the Salmon River drainages make up the forest. There are over 7,600 mi (12,200 km) of streams and more than 250 lakes and reservoirs in the forest.
45°05′N 115°48′W
PayettePayette National Forest includes the Seven Devils Mountains and part of the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. It also borders Hells Canyon to the west and contains the Brundage Mountain ski area.
45°07′N 114°09′W
Salmon–ChallisSalmon-Challis National Forest includes parts of both the Salmon River and the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. Idaho’s highest point, Borah Peak at 12,662 ft (3,859 m), is located in the Lost River Range in the forest.
45°27′N 115°55′W
Nez PerceNez Perce National Forest includes parts of four wilderness areas: Frank Church–River of No Return, Gospel Hump, Hells Canyon, and Selway–Bitterroot. This forest is managed together with Clearwater National Forest.
46°33′N 115°09′W
ClearwaterThe forest covers the Bitterroot Mountains and Palouse Prairie as well as the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers. The Lewis and Clark Expedition followed the Lolo Trail through the forest in 1805, and gold miners came to the forest in the 1860s.
Idaho, Montana, Washington
47°43′N 116°13′W
Idaho Panhandle
Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe, Kaniksu
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.
Idaho, Utah
41°54′N 113°29′W
SawtoothSawtooth National Forest includes over 1,100 lakes, 1,000 mi (1,600 km) of trails and roads, and ten mountain ranges, with the highest point at 12,009 ft (3,660 m) on Hyndman Peak. The forest includes Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Sawtooth Range, Sawtooth Wilderness, four ski areas, and four endemic species, being found nowhere else in the world.
Idaho, Wyoming
41°57′N 112°08′W
Caribou–TargheeThe forest’s Jedediah Smith Wilderness has many caves and the Winegar Hole Wilderness protects grizzly bear habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are on Henrys Fork of the Snake River and tours of Minnetonka Cave are available.
37°30′N 88°48′W
ShawneeAs Illinois’s only national forest, Shawnee is located in the southern part of the state and contains seven wilderness areas, including the Garden of the Gods. Among the many miles of hiking trails in the forest is the River to River Trail, which is 160 mi (260 km) long.
38°31′N 86°31′W
HoosierThe Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest is 88 acres (36 ha) of old-growth forest in Hoosier National Forest. The forest’s Charles C. Deam Wilderness is Indiana’s only wilderness area.
37°17′N 83°52′W
Daniel BooneEncompassing part of the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains, Daniel Boone National Forest has two wilderness areas and several reservoirs. Scenic areas include Cumberland Falls, Red River Gorge, Yahoo Arch, and many caves.
Kentucky, Tennessee
36°46′39″N 88°3′47″W
Land Between The LakesLand Between The Lakes National Recreation area is located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee and encompasses over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on the largest inland peninsula in the United States. It is located between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.
31°00′N 92°37′W
KisatchieKisatchie is Louisiana’s only national forest, covering old-growth pine forests and bald cypress groves in the bayous. There are 48 mammal species, 56 reptiles, 30 amphibians, and 155 breeding or overwintering birds in this forest.
44°33′N 83°52′W
Huron–ManisteeLoda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary is located around a small spring-fed lake in the forest. The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness has sand dunes up to 140 ft (43 m) high along Lake Michigan.
46°10′N 86°40′W
HiawathaLocated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Hiawatha National Forest borders Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The forest is home to Grand Island National Recreation Area and five wilderness areas.
46°27′N 89°15′W
OttawaLocated in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Ottawa National Forest stretches from Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. There are 500 named lakes, nearly 2,000 mi (3,200 km) of streams, and three wilderness areas in the forest.
47°24′N 94°08′W
ChippewaWith 1,300 lakes and ponds, 925 mi (1,489 km) of rivers, and 440,000 acres (180,000 ha) of wetlands, there are many opportunities for boating and fishing in this forest. There are over 180 nesting pairs of bald eagles as well as Canada lynx, and sandhill cranes here.
47°50′N 91°31′W
SuperiorSuperior National Forest includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which has over 1,500 mi (2,400 km) of canoe routes, 1,000 lakes, and 2,200 designated campsites. Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota at 2,301 ft (701 m), is also in the forest.
31°02′N 88°59′W
De SotoDe Soto National Forest contains Mississippi’s only wilderness areas: Black Creek and Leaf River. The Black Creek and Tuxachanie National Recreation Trails provide 60 mi (97 km) of hiking opportunities. Black Creek has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River for 21 mi (34 km).
31°26′N 90°56′W
HomochittoLocated in southern Mississippi, this forest is named for the Homochitto River, meaning “Big Red River.” Most of the forest is densely forested hills, but there are recreation facilities at Pipes Lake, Clear Springs, and Mount Nebo.
32°16′N 89°30′W
BienvilleLocated in central Mississippi, this forest includes several lakes and reservoirs and Harrell Prairie, the largest and least disturbed prairie in the state. Bienville Pines Scenic Area includes 189 acres (76 ha) of old-growth forest. It is managed collectively with Mississippi’s five other national forests.
32°45′N 90°46′W
DeltaDelta National Forest contains the only bottomland hardwood forest in the National Forest System, located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The forest includes the Green Ash-Overcup Oak-Sweetgum Research Natural Areas, which is a National Natural Landmark because it contains remnant bottomland old-growth forest.
33°56′N 88°56′W
TombigbeeLocated in northeastern Mississippi, Tombigbee National Forest covers rolling hills that were abandoned farmland before the forest was established. It is managed together with Mississippi’s other national forests.
34°34′N 89°18′W
Holly SpringsIn north-central Mississippi, Holly Springs National Forest has small lakes in upland forests and unique bottomlands. Chewalla and Puskus recreation areas surround the namesake lakes and have boat launches.
37°00′N 91°30′W
Mark TwainMissouri’s only national forest, Mark Twain contains seven wilderness areas and the Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River. There are 19 natural areas in the forest that are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
45°15′N 111°00′W
GallatinBordering the north side of Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin National Forest contains parts of both the Absaroka–Beartooth and Lee Metcalf wilderness areas. Quake Lake was formed on the Madison River when an earthquake launched a landslide across the river in 1959.
45°30′N 113°00′W
Beaverhead–DeerlodgeThe largest national forest in Montana, it encompasses several mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains. The forest includes the Anaconda–Pintler and Lee Metcalf wilderness areas and sections of the Continental Divide Trail and Nez Perce National Historic Trail.
46°33′N 112°12′W
HelenaThe Continental Divide Trail travels almost 80 mi (130 km) through the forest, which surrounds Montana’s capital city. The Elkhorn Mountains are the only Wildlife Management unit in the National Forest System.
46°55′N 110°38′W
Lewis and ClarkLocated in north-central Montana, this forest includes seven mountain ranges and large portions of the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas. The forest operates the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls.
47°09′N 114°26′W
LoloLocated west of the Continental Divide and containing parts of four wilderness areas, this forest has 700 mi (1,100 km) of trails and over 100 named lakes. There are at least 20 fish species, 60 mammals, 300 birds, and 1,500 plants in the forest.
48°01′N 113°48′W
FlatheadBordering Glacier National Park, Flathead is home to grizzly bears, bull trout, and Canada lynx. The forest manages four wilderness areas, including the Bob Marshall and Great Bear wildernesses.
Montana, Idaho
45°46′N 114°17′W
BitterrootBitterroot National Forest is located in the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains, reaching its highest point at 10,157 ft (3,096 m) at Trapper Peak. The forest is named for the bitterroot plant.
Montana, Idaho
48°32′N 115°26′W
KootenaiKootenai includes the Cabinet Mountains and the Kootenay and Clark Fork rivers. The Noxon and Cabinet Gorge reservoirs are on the Clark Fork within the forest. The Northwest Peak Scenic Area is in the Selkirk Mountains.
Montana, South Dakota
45°30′N 106°00′W
CusterCuster National Forest includes the Beartooth Highway and the Capitol Rock and the Castles National Natural Landmarks. The forest’s Absaroka–Beartooth Wilderness includes Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana at 12,807 ft (3,904 m).
41°42′N 100°22′W
NebraskaThis forest was created in 1902 by Charles E. Bessey as an experiment to see if a forest could be created in treeless areas of the Great Plains for use as a national timber reserve. The Bessey Nursery is located in the northwest corner of the forest’s Bessey Ranger District.
42°43′N 101°02′W
Samuel R. McKelvieLocated in the Sandhills of Nebraska, Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest is a combination of prairie and trees planted since 1903, of which ponderosa pine has been the most successful.
Nevada, California
40°23′N 115°33′W
Humboldt–ToiyabeAs the largest national forest outside of Alaska, Humboldt–Toiyabe occupies many of the mountains of Nevada’s Basin and Range Province. Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is located near Las Vegas and is part of the forest.
New Hampshire, Maine
44°09′N 71°25′W
White MountainThis national forest is located in the White Mountains, which the Appalachian Trail and White Mountain Scenic Byway pass through. The forest includes Mount Washington, which at 6,288 ft (1,917 m) is the highest point in the Northeast and the location of the fastest wind speed recorded on earth, although the summit is located in a state park.
New Mexico
32°57′N 105°26′W
LincolnWith portions of four mountain ranges, the Capitan, Guadalupe, Sacramento, and Sierra Blanca, elevations range from 4,000 ft (1,200 m) to 11,500 ft (3,500 m) in Lincoln National Forest. The forest was the birthplace of Smokey Bear.
New Mexico
33°17′N 108°20′W
GilaThe forest’s Gila Wilderness was the world’s first wilderness area and was proclaimed on June 3, 1924. The Catwalk National Recreation Trail travels up a narrow canyon for 1.1 mi (1.8 km) while following Whitewater Creek.
New Mexico
34°20′N 107°35′W
CibolaPart of this national forest is four wilderness areas, including the Sandia Mountain Wilderness east of Albuquerque. Elevations range from 5,000 ft (1,500 m) to 11,301 ft (3,445 m) at the summit of Mount Taylor, a stratovolcano in the San Mateo Mountains.
New Mexico
35°54′N 106°13′W
Santa FeSanta Fe National Forest’s highest point is Truchas Peak at 13,103 ft (3,994 m) in the Pecos Wilderness. There is 1,002 mi (1,613 km) of trails in the forest, which includes the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
New Mexico
36°30′N 106°04′W
CarsonIn the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this forest has over 600 mi (970 km) of trails and Taos Ski Valley. The highest point in the forest is Wheeler Peak, also New Mexico’s highest point, at 13,161 ft (4,011 m).
New York
42°31′N 76°47′W
Finger LakesLocated between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, Finger Lakes National Forest is one of the smallest national forests. The Gorge Trail enters a small gorge in the forest, and the North Country Trail crosses part of the forest.
North Carolina
34°52′N 77°00′W
CroatanThe only coastal National Forest on the east coast, Croatan includes estuaries and pocosins. The forest is home to carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap and pitcher plant. Cedar Point is a recreation area at the mouth of the White Oak River.
North Carolina
35°12′N 83°33′W
NantahalaIn southwestern North Carolina, this forest includes the Nantahala Gorge and Nantahala River. There is 600 mi (970 km) of trails in the forest with elevations ranging from 1,200 ft (370 m) to 5,800 ft (1,800 m) on Lone Bald.
North Carolina
35°24′N 79°56′W
UwharrieUwharrie National Forest borders the eastern side of Badin Lake and has one wilderness area: the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness. The forest is managed together with North Carolina’s other national forests.
North Carolina
35°48′N 82°20′W
PisgahElevations in Pisgah National Forest reach over 6,000 ft (1,800 m), and there are 46,600 acres (18,900 ha) of old-growth forests, including 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) in Linville Gorge. There are three wilderness areas in the forest: Linville Gorge, Middle Prong, and Shining Rock.
39°10′N 82°25′W
WayneOhio’s only national forest, Wayne is located in the Appalachian foothills and has over 300 mi (480 km) of trails. The North Country Trail passes through several sections of the forest.
42°34′N 120°52′W
Fremont–WinemaEncompassing the Warner Mountains and bordering Crater Lake National Park, Fremont–Winema National Forest also includes the semi-arid areas of the Oregon Outback. The Gearhart Mountain Wilderness is near the center of the forest.
43°13′N 122°35′W
UmpquaUmpqua National Forest is in the Cascade Range of southwestern Oregon and includes three wilderness areas. Watson Falls is a waterfall that is 272 ft (83 m) high on Watson Creek, a tributary of the Clearwater River.
43°50′N 121°32′W
DeschutesOn the east side of the Cascade Range, Deschutes National Forest includes Newberry National Volcanic Monument and five wilderness areas. Lava River Cave, at 5,211 ft (1,588 m) long, is Oregon’s longest lava tube.
44°07′N 122°11′W
WillametteWillamette National Forest is in the Cascade Range, stretching from Mount Jefferson to Mount Washington. About 20% of the forest is designated wilderness, but there is also 6,000 mi (9,700 km) of roads in the forest.
44°15′N 118°51′W
MalheurIn the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, Malheur National Forest’s highest point is Strawberry Mountain at 9,038 ft (2,755 m). The Cedar Grove Botanical Area contains the only stand of Alaska yellow cedar east of the Cascade Range in the United States.
44°22′N 120°07′W
OchocoOchoco National Forest contains a variety of odd geological formations, 95,000 acres (38,000 ha) of old-growth forest, the headwaters of the Crooked River, and three wilderness areas. Stein’s Pillar is a 350 ft (110 m) tall rock column in the Ochoco Mountains.
44°32′N 123°53′W
SiuslawSiuslaw National Forest includes Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, three wilderness areas, and Cascade Head Scenic Research Area among the Central Oregon Coast Range. Marys Peak Scenic Botanical Area includes Marys Peak, which at 4,097 ft (1,249 m) is the forest’s highest point.
45°16′N 121°49′W
Mount HoodThis forest is named for and contains Mount Hood, the highest point in Oregon at 11,249 ft (3,429 m). The forest stretches from the Columbia River Gorge and includes Mount Hood National Recreation Area and nine wilderness areas.
Oregon, California
41°58′N 123°08′W
Rogue River–SiskiyouThis forest ranges from the Cascade Range to the Siskiyou Mountains, and the Rogue River drains over 75% of the forest’s area. There are parts of eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as what may be the world’s tallest pine tree, a ponderosa pine that is 268.35 ft (81.79 m) tall.
Oregon, Idaho
45°13′N 117°31′W
Wallowa-WhitmanWallowa-Whitman National Forest stretches from the Blue Mountains to the Snake River. Elevations range from 875 ft (267 m) in Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, to 9,845 ft (3,001 m) at the summit of Sacajawea Peak in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
Oregon, Washington
45°38′N 118°11′W
UmatillaLocated in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, Umatilla National Forest includes three wilderness areas, occupying over 20% of the forest. The forest has over 715 mi (1,151 km) of trails, 2,000 mi (3,200 km) of roads, and one of the largest elk herds in any National Forest.
41°39′N 79°01′W
AlleghenyPennsylvania’s only national forest includes Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir on the Allegheny Plateau in the northwestern part of the state. The forest contains the largest tract of remaining old-growth forest in Pennsylvania at Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas and 10 mi (16 km) of the North Country Trail.
Puerto Rico
18°17′N 65°48′W
El YunqueThe only tropical rainforest in the National Forest System, higher elevations of El Yunque National Forest receive nearly 200 inches (510 cm) of rainfall per year. There are 240 tree species in the forest, 23 of which are endemic to the forest, being found nowhere else in the world.
South Carolina
33°10′N 79°42′W
Francis MarionFrancis Marion National Forest is home to 150 mi (240 km) of streams and a variety of wildlife, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. There are four wilderness areas in the forest, and it is managed together with Sumter National Forest.
South Carolina
34°00′N 82°15′W
SumterSumter National Forest contains 22 waterfalls with drops ranging from 12 ft (3.7 m) to 150 ft (46 m) and is part of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, the only wilderness located in three states.
South Dakota, Wyoming
44°00′N 103°47′W
Black HillsConsisting predominantly of Ponderosa pine, this forest is located in the namesake Black Hills. There are 11 reservoirs, 353 mi (568 km) of trails, and 1,300 mi (2,100 km) of streams in this forest. Black Elk Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains at 7,244 ft (2,208 m).
Tennessee, North Carolina
35°52′N 83°03′W
CherokeeCherokee National Forest has eleven wilderness areas, three large lakes, and over 600 mi (970 km) of trails, including 150 mi (240 km) of the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. There are 43 mammal species, 154 fish species, 55 amphibian species, and 262 bird species in the forest.
30°32′N 95°21′W
Sam HoustonPart of the Lone Star Trail travels through Sam Houston National Forest, which borders parts of Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston. The Little Lake Creek Wilderness is the only wilderness area in the forest.
31°13′N 94°17′W
AngelinaPrimarily longleaf, loblolly, and shortleaf pine, the forest includes two wilderness areas and borders the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The forest provides a habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and wintering habitat for bald eagles.
31°18′N 95°06′W
Davy CrockettLocated where the southeastern pine forests meet the Blackland
Prairies of central Texas, Davy Crockett National Forest’s Big Slough Wilderness consists primarily of hardwood forest. A recreation area surrounds Ratcliff Lake, which covers 45 acres (18 ha).
31°30′N 93°52′W
SabineSabine National Forest borders the western side of Toledo Bend Reservoir and has 28 mi (45 km) of trails. The forest’s only wilderness area is the Indian Mounds Wilderness. The old-growth forest can be found in the wilderness and at Mill Creek Cove along the reservoir’s shores.
38.7331° N, 109.5925° W
Arches National ParkExplore a world of contrasting hues, geological shapes, and varied textures that stand in a league of their own. Within this park, you’ll encounter more than 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of towering pinnacles, colossal rock fins, and immense balanced rocks. This mesmerizing realm of red-rock formations will leave you in awe, invigorate you through its scenic trails, and fill you with wonder as you witness its breathtaking sunsets.
38°15′N 111°30′W
DixieStraddling the divide between the Great Basin and Colorado River, Dixie National Forest has elevations ranging from 2,800 ft (850 m) near St. George to 11,322 ft (3,451 m) on Boulder Mountain. Ashdown Gorge, Box-Death Hollow, Cottonwood Forest, and Pine Valley Mountain wilderness areas are in the forest.
38°42′N 111°57′W
FishlakeLocated in south-central Utah, Fishlake National Forest is named for Fish Lake, the state’s largest natural mountain lake. The forest’s Tushar Mountains reach their highest point at 12,174 ft (3,711 m) on Delano Peak. The forest is home to Pando, a clonal colony of an individual male quaking aspen determined to be the largest and most dense organism ever found.
Utah, Colorado
38°23′N 109°01′W
Manti–La SalIncluding the La Sal and Abajo mountains of eastern Utah, elevations in this forest reach 12,721 ft (3,877 m) on Mount Peale. The Dark Canyon Wilderness is the only wilderness area in the forest.
Utah, Wyoming
40°38′N 110°06′W
AshleyAshley National Forest manages the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and the High Uintas Wilderness. Kings Peak at 13,528 ft (4,123 m) is the highest point in Utah and is located in the Uinta Mountains.
Utah, Wyoming, Idaho
41°15′N 111°26′W
Uinta–Wasatch–CacheThere are nine wilderness areas in the forest, which occupies part of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains. Mount Nebo and Mount Timpanogos are located in wilderness areas at the edge of the Wasatch Front.
43°18′N 73°00′W
Green MountainIn Vermont’s Green Mountains, this forest includes eight wilderness areas. Among the 900 mi (1,400 km) of trails in the forest are the Appalachian Trail and two National Recreation Trails: Long and Robert Frost.
Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky
38°12′N 79°21′W
George Washington & JeffersonIn the Appalachian Mountains, the highest point of the forest is Mount Rogers, also the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 ft (1,746 m) in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. There are 230,000 acres (93,000 ha) of the old-growth forest here, and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail both run through the forest.
46°10′N 121°48′W
Gifford PinchotGifford Pinchot National Forest includes Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and parts of seven wilderness areas. There is 1,475 mi (2,374 km) of trails and 4,104 mi (6,605 km) of roads in the forest.
48°07′N 124°15′W
OlympicOlympic National Forest surrounds the Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. There are five wilderness areas, occupying about 14% of the forest. This part of Washington receives more rainfall annually than anywhere else in the United States.
48°28′N 121°25′W
Mount Baker–SnoqualmieIn the Cascade Range, this forest includes Mount Baker, at an elevation of 10,781 ft (3,286 m), a glaciated stratovolcano. Mount Baker National Recreation Area, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, and portions of ten wilderness areas are in the forest.
48°32′N 117°54′W
ColvilleWith 486 mi (782 km) of hiking trails, Colville National Forest has elevations that range up to 7,300 ft (2,200 m) in the Kettle River and Selkirk mountains. Part of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness is in the forest along with part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.
48°38′N 119°35′W
Okanogan-WenatcheeLocated on the eastern side of the Cascade Range, this forest stretches from the Canada–US border to the Columbia and Okanogan rivers. There is 1,285 mi (2,068 km) of trails in the forest, including part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
West Virginia
38°33′N 79°54′W
MonongahelaMonongahela National Forest includes Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area and eight wilderness areas. Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at 4,863 ft (1,482 m), and Seneca Rocks is a 900 ft (270 m) quartzite crag.
46°02′N 90°48′W
Chequamegon–NicoletThere are 2,020 lakes, 440 spring ponds, and 347,000 acres (140,000 ha) of wetlands in this national forest. There is also 493 mi (793 km) of non-motorized trails, 292 mi (470 km) of motorized trails, and 9,000 mi (14,000 km) of roads alongside five wilderness areas.
42°45′N 110°45′W
Bridger–TetonAs part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Bridger–Teton National Forest has 27 glaciers in its portion of the Wind River Range. The Gros Ventre landslide formed a dam on the Gros Ventre River in 1925 before failing in 1927.
44°02′N 109°32′W
ShoshoneLocated in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this forest includes part of the Absaroka, Beartooth, and Wind River mountain ranges. Five wilderness areas make up 56% of the forest, and elevations reach 13,804 ft (4,207 m) at Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming.
44°32′N 107°21′W
BighornIn the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming, Bighorn National Forest has eight lodges, several reservoirs, and 1,500 mi (2,400 km) of trails. Elevations reach 13,167 ft (4,013 m) at Cloud Peak in the Cloud Peak Wilderness, which is also the location of the Cloud Peak Glacier.
Citation: List of national forests of the United States. (2022, August 15). In Wikipedia.