Welcome to the National Forests in North Carolina
Explore Your Public Lands
The Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests. Hike one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Explore the only coastal national forest in the eastern U.S.
North Carolina is home to 4 national forests: Croatan, Uwharrie, Pisgah, and Nantahala National Forests. These forests are located in all three regions of North Carolina, providing visitors with unique landscapes. Terrain varies from rugged mountains, to gentle rolling hills, to sandy beaches, with ample recreation opportunities.
Remote wilderness, roadside camping, family friendly campgrounds, and more. To reserve campsites and more in North Carolina visit recreation.gov
Passes and permits are needed for a variety of activities, such as accessing some day use areas, collecting firewood, and commercial filming and events.
We offer a variety of map products including paper and digital visitor maps, Motor Vehicle Use Maps, and digital downloads of topographic maps and GIS information.
The Nantahala Mountains Project will improve wildlife habitat, forest health, and diversity across about 1050 acres of mixed hardwood forest west of Franklin, North Carolina.
2023 Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Outreach Website