Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Public lands are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, and we recognize that destinations on the National Forests in North Carolina hold value to people for many different reasons. No matter what you seek from your public lands, remember that a lack of preparedness can ruin your trip. Being unprepared in the wilderness and backcountry can result in injury or death, especially when hazardous weather conditions exist. Plan ahead and learn tips, techniques, and strategies for avoiding hazards year-round!