Welcome to the Southern Region

Welcome to the Southern Region

There is something for everyone in the vast Southern Region! 

Find Your Adventure

The Southern Region of the Forest Service is a dynamic collection of lands that encompasses 13 states and Puerto Rico. Known as Region 8 within the Forest Service, the Southern Region consists of 14 National Forest units and two special units. The Forest Service employs about 250 people at the Region 8 headquarters in Atlanta, and nearly 2,500 throughout the South. 

  • Find Your Forest

    map of the southern united states

    The Southern Region is pretty big, and we want to make sure you can easily find the National Forest website you're looking for! We've got a complete list to help you out, by state and territory!



Southern Towns Seek to Boost Outdoor Recreation and Revitalize Main Streets

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Eight southern towns received a boost in efforts to grow their outdoor recreation economies and revitalize Main Streets, thanks to funding from the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities program, a joint effort between the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Northern Border Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Restoration Success in Slabcamp: Reflections from 10 Years Post-Restoration

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Ten years ago, Slabcamp Creek, located in Rowan County, Kentucky, more closely resembled a drainage ditch than a healthy waterway. The twists and turns of the stream that provide diverse habitat and slow the flow of water today were confined to a single, straight, swift moving channel. The lush riparian zone that fills the base of the valley and filters the stream of sediment was nowhere to be seen among the neat checkboard of fields and farmland.

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