The National Forests in North Carolina are scattered throughout the state of North Carolina.
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The National Forests of 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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Stay Safe in the Woods this Winter

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.

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park is a brand new initiative that invites fourth graders and their families to enjoy our beautiful National Parks for free!

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Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires! A message from Smokey!

Smokey the Bear

Smokey is concerned for the Southern Forests and all her woodland home owners. Learn how you can help prevent forest fires!

Elk River Falls: Always Beautiful, Sometimes Deadly

Elk Falls Video Screenshot

Elk River Falls on the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest is a beautiful scenic attraction. It’s also one of the deadliest scenic attractions in Avery County, NC.


The Importance of Bear Canisters within the Shining Rock Wilderness

Bear Canister Screenshot

For over one year bear canisters have been required for overnight camping within the Shining Rock Wilderness.

It’s All Yours. Go. Play.

Its yours. Go Play

A year ago, the Forest Service unveiled a public service effort called “It’s All Yours”.  It invited citizens to explore, play in and connect with nature. 

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