Every Kid Outdoors: Kid-Friendly Locations

Kid-friendly locations on the National Forests in California.

The Forest Service encourages all 4th graders to get an Every Kid Outdoors Pass! The pass is used to access federal forests, parks, and trails that charge a fee for free! Print a pass voucher online at Every Kid Outdoors and display the voucher on the vehicle’s dashboard.

The Forest Service wants to see #everykidoutdoors! That’s why every 4th Grader is free—and bring a car full of family and friends for free!

Forest Locations


Buckhorn day use areaPark your vehicle at the Buckhorn Day Use Area. Then hike along the Burkhart trail and explore Buckhorn and Cooper Falls!


Big Laguna Lake runs alongside the Sunset TrailThe Sunset trail takes hikers through dense forest, vast meadows, grazing cattle, and viewpoints of the Pacific Ocean!


Wrights Lake is surrounded by forest and granite mountains.Wrights Lake Campground is situated in a beautiful forested area close to the lake shore and is well-known for its hiking, wildflowers and birding!


Ancient Bristlecone Pine TreeVisiting the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is an enjoyable way to spend a day learning about the oldest trees in the world!


Butte Valley National GrasslandButte Valley National Grassland is the only National Grassland in CA and lies in a scenic basin within the southern Cascade Range.

Lake Tahoe Basin MU

Parking at Eagle Falls trailhead.The Eagle Falls Trail is the ultimate experience offering views of the iconic Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Eagle Falls, and Eagle Lake.


Opening to Subway CaveThe Spatter Cone Trail features all sorts of volcanic formations including the adventurous Subway Cave! Do you dare to explore?

Los Padres

Hills, rocks and shrubs next to dirt trail.The Piedra Blanca Trail offers outstanding rock formations that will amaze the entire family! Come out and explore!


Sacramento River flows past a area with green trees.The Sacramento River bisects riparian forest,  grasslands and wetlands providing diverse nature viewing experiences!


Stough  Reservoir Campground Table under pine trees.Stough Reservoir is Number 4 on the Basin & Range Birding Trail. Be sure to bring you camera and binoculars!


Waterfall cascading 176 feet to rocks belowThe Frazier Falls Trail takes hikers to an exciting view point where they can watch water plummet over 200 feet!

San Bernardino

Fishing pier on Lake Fulmor.The Lake Fulmor Trail offers hikers spectacular wildlife viewings and terrific fishing opportunities!


Accessible trail next to giant sequoias.Come out and explore Trail of 100 Giants and be amazed by some of the largest trees on the planet!


Bailey Cove trailhead near the Bailey Cove Day Use areaCome hike Bailey Cove Loop Trail and check out California's largest manmade lake (reservoir) that supplies water to the state.


View of a lake in the distance.Take the Rancheria Falls National Recreation Trail and hike to the falls! There are plenty of rocks for the whole family to sit, have a snack and enjoy.

Six Rivers

Pitcher Plants (Darlingtonia) grow in a wet bog.Take a short walk to a bog where carnivorous California Pitcher Plants (Darlingtonia californica) grow!


Picnic Table next to Pinecrest Lake Shore.Pinecrest Lake is a beautiful place for families who like to camp, picnic, hike, fish, swim and boat!


Sand Pond is surrounded by evergreen forest.Sand Pond is a peaceful place to picnic, fish, swim, hike or just relax and watch for wildlife!