Special Places


In the Pacific Northwest, the Forest Service manages 59 Wilderness areas that encompass 4.6 million acres.  Many protect the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range; others surround chains of lakes in the high country; while others protect unique biological ecosystems and old growth forests.

Accessible Recreation

Accessible Recreation Video SeriesInterested in visiting some of our more accessible recreation sites? As of fall, 2012, this page showcases such sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and we'll be adding more accessible recreation sites in the months to come.





Wild and Scenic Rivers

Portions of the following rivers in the Region are components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, providing water-based recreation opportunities in settings that range from pristine and undeveloped to rural.

National Scenic, Historic and Recreation Trails 

Highlighting the  trail system  administered by the Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest are 2 National Scenic Trails and 1 National Historic Trail, and 66 National Recreation Trails, totaling over 1780 miles of trails that invite us to enjoy the great outdoors. 

National Monuments and Other Special Areas

The Pacific Northwest hosts two National Volcanic Monuments, several national recreation areas and major visitor centers.