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The National Forests of North Carolina

National Forests in North Carolina, where gentle mountain slopes stretch for miles, with gardens of magenta rhododendron, salt marshes that connect to the sea, and lakes surrounded by pine forests.  Every year 7 million people visit these forests to camp, hike, mountain bike, hunt, fish, take scenic drives or enjoy the forest's solitude. Also get information on passes and guides for our forests! Click below to find out more about the four National Forests in North Carolina (Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, Croatan).

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Forest Service to Hold Open Houses at District Offices

The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses at district offices on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in September and October. 


Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park is a brand new initiative that invites fourth graders and their families to enjoy our beautiful National Parks for free!


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Spotlights

Elk River Falls: Always Beautiful, Sometimes Deadly

Elk Falls Video Screenshot

Elk River Falls on the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest is a beautiful scenic attraction. It’s also one of the deadliest scenic attractions in Avery County, NC.

The Importance of Bear Canisters within the Shining Rock Wilderness

Bear Canister Screenshot

For over one year bear canisters have been required for overnight camping within the Shining Rock Wilderness.

 




Climbing Closures in Place to Protect Rare Falcons

Rare Falcon

Each year, from Jan 15 through Aug 15, the U.S. Forest Service closes several rock faces in Western NC to recreational activities, to protect the rare Peregrine Falcons that nest there.

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It’s All Yours. Go. Play.

Its yours. Go Play

A year ago, the Forest Service unveiled a public service effort called “It’s All Yours”.  It invited citizens to explore, play in and connect with nature. 



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