Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests







The 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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Campfire Safety

Smokey Fire Prevention

Find campfire safety tips and fire restriction information for the National Forests in North Carolina here.

Roadside parking – be a hero not a hazard

Illegal Parking Carver

Weekends are especially busy on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Beautiful views are unlimited but parking is not. Once a trailhead parking lot is full, many drivers park on roadsides. While parking is permitted on the shoulder of some roads, vehicles must not obstruct traffic. Blocked roadways can lead to accidents and delay emergency responders.

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Road maintenance

Road running through Uwharrie National Forest

In maintaining National Forest System roads, we consider access for public and forest management activities, environmental impacts, and budget.

Twelve Mile Project

Young forest allows more sunlight to reach the forest floor and provides food and cover for wildlife

This project aims to maintain a healthy, diverse forest that supports wildlife, provides a sustainable output of timber, improves water quality and aquatic habitat, and improves forest access.


Cantrell Creek Project

Cantrell Creek Project Ribbon Cutting

Cantrell Creek Trail was eroding into a creek, home to hellbenders and brook trout who need water free of excessive sediment. Partners came together to restore the stream and trail.

Croatan Hurricane Recovery Updates

Forest Service employees stand behind young longleaf pine

Updates on the Croatan National Forest's recovery after Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Dorian.

Last Update: 10/24/2019

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