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The National Forests in North Carolina

National Forests in North Carolina, where gentle mountain slopes stretch for miles, with gardens of magenta rhododendron, salt marshes that connect to the sea, and lakes surrounded by pine forests.  Every year 7 million people visit these forests to camp, hike, mountain bike, hunt, fish, take scenic drives or enjoy the forest's solitude. Also get information on passes and guides for our forests! Click below to find out more about the four National Forests in North Carolina (Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, Croatan).



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Why do we burn?

Prescribed fire is an important part of management on the National Forests in North Carolina. These prescribed fires not only reduce the risk of wildfires, but also benefits natural resources and increases biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

Grandfather Restoration Collaborative Recognized for USFS Award

Grandfather Restoration Award

The Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest and a collaborative group of partners have received  award from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region.

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Southside Project Fact Sheet

Nantahala Southside map

Information on the Southside Project on the Nantahala National Forest

Croatan Hurricane Recovery Updates

Forest Service employees stand behind young longleaf pine

Updates on the Croatan National Forest's recovery after Hurricane Florence

Last Update: 01/29/2019


Climbing Closures in Place to Protect Rare Falcons

Rare Falcon

Each year the U.S. Forest Service closes several rock faces in Western NC to recreational activities, to protect the rare Peregrine Falcons that nest there.


Forest Service issues Warning about Black Bears in Panthertown

Bear Safety

The Nantahala National Forest is warning visitors going to Pantherto...

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