Photographs from the National Forests in California

If awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing cultural sites are your thing, visit California's 18 National Forests for mystery, beauty and special places. Here, on your National Forests, you can hike, ride horses, camp, picnic, drive for pleasure, use your mountain bike, fish, enjoy interpretive and educational activities and savor water sports.

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Find Recreational Opportunities

Please visit the forest website for details on the exciting recreational opportunities that await you there.


Pacific Southwest Region Maps

The Forest Service publishes a variety of map products to help you plan your next adventure or enjoy your next visit!

Special Uses

Today, our growing population and mobile society have created a demand for a variety of uses of federal lands managed by the Forest Service. Often these diverse needs require specific approval. The Agency's special-uses program authorizes uses on NFS land that provide a benefit to the general public and protect public and natural resources values.


Wilderness Areas in California managed by the Forest Service

Tree icon for recreation information.

A uniquely American idea, wilderness is part of our heritage and is passed on as a legacy to our children. Firmly attached to the American past, the legacy that is wilderness will remain indispensable to the American future.

Wild and Scenic Rivers in California managed by the Forest Service

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It is not just government agencies that are responsible for protecting and managing our national wild & scenic rivers. Many of us get our drinking water from rivers, and many of the animals we like to see live there. You are every bit as critical.


National Forest Recreation

Photo of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Public lands offer a huge variety of settings and experiences that reinforce the natural character and complement your enjoyment of the forest landscapes found throughout the country.


Photo of a lake.

Recreation. gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal Participating Partners.


Recreation Fees Make a Difference

Thank you: your fees make a difference.

These reports highlight accom- plishments provided through recreation fee dollars, the revenues and expenditures, and a sampling of planned projects in the Pacific Southwest Region.

Safety in the Woods

Attention: Be safe in the woods.

Safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service. The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip.