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).
The U.S. Forest Service encourages visitors to the National Forests of North Carolina to use caution when recreating this winter because of additional hazards in the woods. Your safety is your responsibility. Take these preventative measures to help keep yourself safe:
Avoid traveling alone. If you must travel alone, share your plans. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
Know your limits and choose activities that are appropriate for your physical condition.
Use appropriate tires and footwear and adjust your speed or pace where there is snow or ice.
Carry emergency kits containing water, food, blankets, and matches.
Dress in layers which can be adjusted to the conditions and bring extra clothing in case you get wet.