Enjoy the Great Outdoors...Southern Style!

It’s here for you.  Over 13 million acres in 14 national forests, from Virginia to Texas and Puerto Rico. 

A photo of white water rafters.As the largest manager of public lands in the south, southern national forests host over 32 million visits each year. Over three-quarters of our visitors live within 75 miles of a national forest.  And what do they enjoy?  So many things to see, do and learn!

Nature is, of course, the big draw. Over a third of visitors walk, view wildlife and scenery or just relax. Others come to hunt, fish, hike or picnic. There are also places to swim, paddle and boat. If you are looking for a place to to hike, ride mountain bikes, horses or ATVs, no one offers more!  Each year, more than 6.5 million visitors come looking for trails. 

If you like to camp, national forests offer it all--primitive camping, RV camping, group camping and camps for horses. You can make reservations at many campsites  to assure your spot.

Visitor Centers Across The South

Whether you are looking for the undeveloped woods or modern improvements, you will find it.  There are group accommodations as well. Some recreation sites are highly developed but blend with their surroundings. There are six flagship visitor centers which make great destinations, with thousands of miles of open road to take you there. Nature and history are everywhere.

Photo of the Blue Ridge MountainsSouthern forets are surrounded by unique towns and communities with plenty of character, supplies, lodging, food and comfortable retreat.  Other neighbors include state and national parks. 

Make your visit soon. Look for unique services offered by concessionaires and outfitters in some places. Or ask about a volunteer vacation. 

Be prepared – it's nature. 

The choices are endless. You choose. It’s here for you.


National Recreation Links

  • Recreation.Gov - Campground and cabin rental reservations for all federal land management agencies are made at this site on opportunities on Federal Lands.

  • Enjoy Your National Forests, Be A Volunteer - Want to dig a site, spend your days in the backcountry, or host a campground in the mountains? Be a volunteer for the Forest Service. There are many opportunities, everything from wilderness stewards and trail clearing to office work and campground hosts. Working alone or with a group, Forest Service volunteers enjoy work that matches their interests and calendar.

  • National Forests & Grasslands -Find a forest or grassland by Map, Name or State.

  • Wilderness -Places where the imprint of humans is substantially unnoticed.