National Forests in North Carolina

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.

Plan Your Adventure


  • Camping

    A placeholder image

    Remote wilderness, roadside camping, family friendly campgrounds, and more. To reserve campsites and more in North Carolina visit recreation.gov

  • Passes & Permits

    A placeholder image

    Most of the forest is free to recreate in, but some activities may require a permit.

  • Maps

    A placeholder image

    Always have more than one way to navigate.






U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The National Forests in North Carolina is providing the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

View Feature

Mortimer Trails Project

The Mortimer Trails Project, planned in coordination with local partners, will increase the sustainability of the trail system and add 10 additional miles of mountain biking and hiking trails to the Wilson Creek Area in Caldwell and Avery Counties.

View Feature