The National Forests in North Carolina are scattered throughout the state of North Carolina.
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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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Dogs must be leashed in Bent Creek

Bent Creek is popular with hikers, bikers, and runners and many people bring their dog along for a great outdoor experience. To ensure the safety of your dog and other visitors, you must keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times.


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

Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires! A message from Smokey!

Smokey the Bear

Learn how you can help prevent forest fires!

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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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.



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