Special Places


[PHOTO: Snow Camp Lookout and Vicinity]In the Pacific Northwest, the Forest Service manages 59 Wilderness areas that encompass 4.6 million acres.  Many protect the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range; others surround chains of lakes in the high country; while others protect unique biological ecosystems and old growth forests.


Accessible Recreation

Accessible Recreation Video SeriesThe U.S. Forest Service wants to provide world-class recreational opportunities for all levels of mobility and ability. This page provides information on what we mean when we talk about accessibility as well as tips, advice, and resources to assist you as you plan your next outdoor adventure. 



Wild & Scenic Rivers

Portions of the following rivers in the Region are components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, providing water-based recreation opportunities in settings that range from pristine and undeveloped to rural.

National Scenic, Historic & Recreation Trails 

Highlighting the  trail system  administered by the Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest are 2 National Scenic Trails and 1 National Historic Trail, and 66 National Recreation Trails, totaling over 1780 miles of trails that invite us to enjoy the great outdoors. 

National Monuments & Other Special Areas

The Pacific Northwest hosts two National Volcanic Monuments, several national recreation areas and major visitor centers.