List of U.S. National Forests

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A map of the United States showing the locations of the National Forests and National Grasslands
Map of the National Forests and Grasslands of the United States

The United States has 154 protected areas known as National Forests covering 188,391,233 acres (762,392 km2/294,361 sq. mi).[1] The National Forests are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[2] The first National Forest was established as the Yellowstone Park Timber and Land Reserve on March 30, 1891, then in the Department of the Interior. In 1897, the Organic Act provided purposes for which forest reserves could be established, including to protect the forest, secure water supplies, and supply timber. With the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, the President of the United States was given the power to set aside forest reserves in the public domain. With the Transfer Act of 1905, forest reserves became part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the newly created U.S. Forest Service.[3][4]

By 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt more than doubled the forest reserve acreage, and Congress responded by limiting the President’s ability to proclaim new reserves. The National Forest System underwent a major reorganization in 1908, and in 1911 Congress authorized new additions to the system under the authority of the Weeks Act. The management goals provided by the Organic Act were expanded upon by the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960 to include “outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish purposes” as well as for the establishment of wilderness areas.[3][4]

As of September 30, 2014, the Forest Service manages a total 193,062,995 acres (781,298.22 km2), 188,391,233 acres (762,392.27 km2) of which are National Forests. The additional land areas include 20 National Grasslands, 59 purchase units, 19 research and experimental areas, five land utilization projects, 37 other areas, and one National Preserve, Valles Caldera. The National Forest System has an extensive and complicated history of reorganization, so while there are currently 154 named National Forests, many of these are managed together as either a single forest or separate forests.[A][1][4][5]

There is at least one National Forest in all but ten states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Dakota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island (although Kansas and North Dakota have national grasslands). In addition, Puerto Rico contains El Yunque National Forest. Alaska has the most national forest land with 21.9 million acres (8.9 million ha), followed by California (20.8 million acres, 8.4 million ha) and Idaho (20.4 million acres, 8.3 million ha). Idaho also has the greatest percent of its land in national forests with 38.2%, followed by Oregon with 24.7% and Colorado with 20.9%. On maps, national forests in the west generally show the true extent of their area, but those in the east often only show purchase districts, within which usually only a minority of the land is owned by the Forest Service.[1]

National Forests[edit]

NameA Photo Location[6]B Date formed[4]C Area[1] DescriptionD
Allegheny A photo of Allegheny Reservoir in fall. Pennsylvania
41°39′N 79°01′W / 41.650°N 79.017°W / 41.650; -79.017 (Allegeny)
September 24, 1923 7009207868803564787513,655 acres (2,078.7 km2) Pennsylvania’s only National Forest includes Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir on the Allegheny Plateau in the northwestern part of the state. The forest contains the largest tract of remaining old-growth forest in Pennsylvania at Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas and 10 mi (16 km) of the North Country Trail.[7][8]:255–263
Angeles A photo of the San Gabriel Mountains. California
34°24′N 118°10′W / 34.400°N 118.167°W / 34.400; -118.167 (Angeles)
February 25, 1893 7009267618210527669661,299 acres (2,676.2 km2) Located in the San Gabriel Mountains at the edge of the Los Angeles metro area, this National Forest includes five wilderness areas. While much of the forest is dense chaparral, elevations in the forest range from 1,200 feet (370 m) to 10,064 feet (3,068 m) at the summit of Mount San Antonio.[9]
Angelina A photo of a ranger station in Angelina National Forest. Texas
31°13′N 94°17′W / 31.217°N 94.283°W / 31.217; -94.283 (Angelina)
October 13, 1936 7008623782448948736154,140 acres (623.8 km2) Primarily longleaf, loblolly, and shortleaf pine, the forest includes two wilderness areas and borders the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The forest provides habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and wintering habitat for bald eagles.[10][11]:303–305
Apache-Sitgreaves A photo of the highlands from route 191 in Arizona in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Arizona, New Mexico
33°44′N 109°05′W / 33.733°N 109.083°W / 33.733; -109.083 (Apache-Sitgreaves)
August 17, 1898 70101062828330328762,626,306 acres (10,628.3 km2) Encompassing the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains, this forest includes 34 lakes and over 680 miles (1,090 km) of rivers and streams, more than any other National Forest in the arid Southwest.[12]
Apalachicola A photo of an artificial pond off of FH-111 in Apalachicola National Forest. Florida
30°11′N 84°41′W / 30.183°N 84.683°W / 30.183; -84.683 (Apalachicola)
May 13, 1936 7009233362784968980576,652 acres (2,333.6 km2) As the largest National Forest in Florida, Apalachicola includes over 2,700 acres (1,100 ha) of water and 67 mi (108 km) of the Florida Trail. There are caverns and sinkholes at the Leon Sinks Geological Area, while Fort Gadsden is along the Apalachicola River.[13]
Arapaho A photo of aspens in fall along the Crooked Creek Road. Colorado
39°41′N 105°56′W / 39.683°N 105.933°W / 39.683; -105.933 (Arapaho)
October 24, 1903 7009291513683645015720,346 acres (2,915.1 km2) Arapaho National Forest is in the high Rockies and includes six wilderness areas. It is currently managed jointly with Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland. The highest paved road in North America ascends Mount Evans at an elevation of 14,265 ft (4,348 m).[14]
Ashley A photo of King’s Peak and Henry’s Fork Basin. Utah, Wyoming
40°38′N 110°06′W / 40.633°N 110.100°W / 40.633; -110.100 (Ashley)
July 1, 1908 70095578397329170121,378,452 acres (5,578.4 km2) Ashley National Forest manages the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and the High Uintas Wilderness. Kings Peak at 13,528 ft (4,123 m) is the highest point in Utah and is located in the Uinta Mountains.[15]
Beaverhead-Deerlodge A photo of a stream and mountains in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Montana
45°30′N 113°00′W / 45.500°N 113.000°W / 45.500; -113.000 (Beaverhead-Deerlodge)
July 1, 1908 70101360811318650623,362,638 acres (13,608.1 km2) The largest National Forest in Montana, it encompasses several mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains. The forest includes the Anaconda-Pintler and Lee Metcalf wilderness areas and sections of the Continental Divide Trail and Nez Perce National Historic Trail.[16]
Bienville A photo of a forest sign in Bienville National Forest. Mississippi
32°16′N 89°30′W / 32.267°N 89.500°W / 32.267; -89.500 (Bienville)
June 15, 1936 7008729449916994022180,251 acres (729.4 km2) Located in central Mississippi, this forest includes several lakes and reservoirs and Harrell Prairie, the largest and least disturbed prairie in the state. Bienville Pines Scenic Area includes 189 acres (76 ha) of old-growth forest. It is managed collectively with Mississippi’s five other National Forests.[8]:162–166[17]
Bighorn A mountain meadow in Bighorn National Forest. Wyoming
44°32′N 107°21′W / 44.533°N 107.350°W / 44.533; -107.350 (Bighorn)
February 22, 1897 70094472128423260741,105,087 acres (4,472.1 km2) In the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming, Bighorn National Forest has eight lodges, several reservoirs, and 1,500 mi (2,400 km) of trails. Elevation reach 13,167 ft (4,013 m) at Cloud Peak in the Cloud Peak Wilderness, which is also the location of the Cloud Peak Glacier.[18]
Bitterroot A photo of Lake Como and mountains. Montana, Idaho
45°46′N 114°17′W / 45.767°N 114.283°W / 45.767; -114.283 (Bitterroot)
February 22, 1897 70096453036314030591,594,580 acres (6,453.0 km2) Bitterroot National Forest is located in the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains, reaching its highest point at 10,157 ft (3,096 m) at Trapper Peak. The forest is named for the bitterroot plant.[11]:192–199[19]
Black Hills A photo of the Black Hills in the Black Elk Wilderness with Horsethief Lake. South Dakota, Wyoming
44°00′N 103°47′W / 44.000°N 103.783°W / 44.000; -103.783 (Black Hills)
February 22, 1897 70095062459557021921,250,961 acres (5,062.5 km2) Consisting predominately of Ponderosa pine, this forest is located in the namesake Black Hills. There are 11 reservoirs, 353 mi (568 km) of trails, and 1,300 mi (2,100 km) of streams in this forest. Harney Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains at 7,244 ft (2,208 m).[11]:293–301[20]
Boise A photo of rocks along a river in Boise National Forest. Idaho
44°07′N 115°34′W / 44.117°N 115.567°W / 44.117; -115.567 (Boise)
July 1, 1908 70101071724939487762,648,290 acres (10,717.2 km2) Portions of the Boise, Payette, and South and Middle Forks of the Salmon River drainages make up the forest. There are over 7,600 mi (12,200 km) of streams and more than 250 lakes and reservoirs in the forest.[21]
Bridger-Teton A photo of the Wind River Range approaching the Lozier Lakes. Wyoming
42°45′N 110°45′W / 42.750°N 110.750°W / 42.750; -110.750 (Bridger-Teton)
February 22, 1897 70101369187097388073,383,335 acres (13,691.9 km2) As part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Bridger-Teton National Forest has 27 glaciers in its portion of the Wind River Range. The Gros Ventre landslide formed a dam on the Gros Ventre River in 1925 before failing in 1927.[22]
Caribou-Targhee A photo of Upper Mesa Falls. Idaho, Wyoming
41°57′N 112°08′W / 41.950°N 112.133°W / 41.950; -112.133 (Caribou-Targhee)
May 23, 1905 70101062210375353062,624,779 acres (10,622.1 km2) The forest’s Jedediah Smith Wilderness has many caves and the Winegar Hole Wilderness protects grizzly bear habitat in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are on Henrys Fork of the Snake River and tours of Minnetonka Cave are available.[23]
Carson A photo of Wheeler Peak from Mount Walter. New Mexico
36°30′N 106°04′W / 36.500°N 106.067°W / 36.500; -106.067 (Carson)
November 7, 1906 70095619982825766701,388,728 acres (5,620.0 km2) In the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this forest has over 330 mi (530 km) of trails and Taos Ski Valley. The highest point in the forest is Wheeler Peak, also New Mexico’s highest point, at 13,161 ft (4,011 m).[11]:246–253[24]
Chattahoochee-Oconee A photo of a waterfall along the Raven Cliffs Trail. Georgia
34°45′N 84°07′W / 34.750°N 84.117°W / 34.750; -84.117 (Chattahoochee-Oconee)
July 9, 1936 7009350931653066903867,171 acres (3,509.3 km2) With 430 mi (690 km) of trails, this forest contains the southern terminius of the Appalachian Trail. Georgia’s highest point, Brasstown Bald at 4,784 ft (1,458 m) is in the forest, and several Civil War battles were fought in the area.[8]:56–70[25]
Chequamegon-Nicolet A photo of a lake and coniferous forests. Wisconsin
46°02′N 90°48′W / 46.033°N 90.800°W / 46.033; -90.800 (Chequamegon-Nicolet)
March 2, 1933 70096166235599375101,523,710 acres (6,166.2 km2) There are 2,020 lakes, 440 spring ponds, and 347,000 acres (140,000 ha) of wetlands in this National Forest. There are also 493 mi (793 km) of non-motorized trails, 292 mi (470 km) of motorized trails, and 9,000 mi (14,000 km) of roads alongside five wilderness areas.[26]
Cherokee South Fork of Citico Creek in the Citico Creek Wilderness. Tennessee, North Carolina
35°52′N 83°03′W / 35.867°N 83.050°W / 35.867; -83.050 (Cherokee)
June 14, 1920 7009265176337362393655,265 acres (2,651.8 km2) Cherokee National Forest has eleven wilderness areas, three large lakes, and over 600 mi (970 km) of trails, including 150 mi (240 km) of the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. There are 43 mammal species, 154 fish species, 55 amphibian species, and 262 bird species in the forest.[27]
Chippewa A fire along a stream. Minnesota
47°24′N 94°08′W / 47.400°N 94.133°W / 47.400; -94.133 (Chippewa)
May 23, 1908 7009271929326674452671,952 acres (2,719.3 km2) With 1,300 lakes and ponds, 925 mi (1,489 km) of rivers, and 440,000 acres (180,000 ha) of wetlands, there are many opportunities for boating and fishing in this forest. There are over 180 nesting pairs of bald eagles as well as Canada lynx, and sandhill cranes here.[11]:144–150[28]
Chugach Lost Lake and mountains. Alaska
60°23′N 147°23′W / 60.383°N 147.383°W / 60.383; -147.383 (Chugach)
July 23, 1907 70102193029940434575,419,095 acres (21,930.3 km2) As the third largest National Forest, Chugach covers three unique landscapes: the Copper River Delta, Eastern Kenai Peninsula, and Prince William Sound. Many of the streams contain salmon and trout, and glaciers still carve the land here. Over half of the forest is tundra and glaciers.[29][30]:2–9
Cibola View of a ridge from the Sandia Crest Trail. New Mexico
34°20′N 107°35′W / 34.333°N 107.583°W / 34.333; -107.583 (Cibola)
November 6, 1906 70096541480361142141,616,435 acres (6,541.5 km2) Part of this National Forest are four wilderness areas, including the Sandia Mountain Wilderness east of Albuquerque. Elevations range from 5,000 ft (1,500 m) to 11,301 ft (3,445 m) at the summit of Mount Taylor, a stratovolcano in the San Mateo Mountains.[11]:253–265[31]
Clearwater The Lochsa River. Idaho
46°33′N 115°09′W / 46.550°N 115.150°W / 46.550; -115.150 (Clearwater)
July 1, 1908 70096807087688713521,682,068 acres (6,807.1 km2) The forest covers the Bitterroot Mountains and Palouse Prairie as well as the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers. The Lewis and Clark Expedition followed the Lolo Trail through the forest in 1805, and gold miners came to the forest in the 1860s.[30]:168–173[32]
Cleveland Cleveland National Forest near Mount Laguna. California
32°45′N 116°36′W / 32.750°N 116.600°W / 32.750; -116.600 (Cleveland)
February 25, 1893 7009172175529919219425,455 acres (1,721.8 km2) In southern California, Cleveland National Forest has a Mediterranean climate and four wilderness areas. There are 22 endangered plant and animal species found in the forest. With its highest point at 6,271 ft (1,911 m) on Monument Peak, elevations are not as high here as in most of California’s other National Forests.[30]:81–84[33]
Coconino Sycamore Canyon viewed from Barney Pasture. Arizona
34°45′N 111°33′W / 34.750°N 111.550°W / 34.750; -111.550 (Coconino)
August 17, 1898 70097495980010642251,852,297 acres (7,496.0 km2) The San Francisco Peaks, Mogollon Rim, and Oak Creek Canyon can be found in Coconino National Forest. The forest’s Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in Arizona’s redrock country. The forest also contains Humphreys Peak, which at 12,637 ft (3,852 m) is the highest point in Arizona.[30]:28–37[34]
Colville Colville National Forest with a lake and mountains. Washington
48°32′N 117°54′W / 48.533°N 117.900°W / 48.533; -117.900 (Colville)
March 1, 1907 7009386340432705976954,668 acres (3,863.4 km2) With 486 mi (782 km) of hiking trails, Colville National Forest has elevations that range up to 7,300 ft (2,200 m) in the Kettle River and Selkirk mountains. Part of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness is in the forest along with part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.[35]
Conecuh Open Pond and pine trees. Alabama
31°05′N 86°38′W / 31.083°N 86.633°W / 31.083; -86.633 (Conecuh)
July 17, 1936 700833986714292241983,983 acres (339.9 km2) Managed together with Alabama’s other National Forests, Conecuh has two areas designated for recreation: Blue Lake and Open Pond. The dry, sandy uplands support longleaf pine forest, while bottomlands have sinkhole ponds, springs, and swamps.[8]:2–8[36]
Coronado Mountains and forest west of Paradise, Arizona. Arizona, New Mexico
32°30′N 110°40′W / 32.500°N 110.667°W / 32.500; -110.667 (Coronado)
April 11, 1902 70096956323613002361,718,945 acres (6,956.3 km2) Covering the sky islands of the Southwest, Coronado National Forest also includes Mount Wrightson and the birding destination of Madera Canyon. There are eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as observatories on Mount Hopkins and Mount Lemmon[37]
Croatan Swamp along the Patsy Pond Nature Trail. North Carolina
34°52′N 77°00′W / 34.867°N 77.000°W / 34.867; -77.000 (Croatan)
July 29, 1936 7008652859112343680161,325 acres (652.9 km2) The only coastal National Forest on the east coast, Croatan includes estuaries and pocosins. The forest is home to carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap and pitcher plant. Cedar Point is a recreation area at the mouth of the White Oak River.[8]:214–222[38]
Custer A mountain goat below Granite Peak. Montana, South Dakota
45°30′N 106°00′W / 45.500°N 106.000°W / 45.500; -106.000 (Custer)
March 2, 1907 70094813614308752121,189,470 acres (4,813.6 km2) Custer National Forest includes the Beartooth Highway and the Capitol Rock and the Castles National Natural Landmarks. The forest’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness includes Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana at 12,807 ft (3,904 m).[39]
Daniel Boone The forest viewed from Tater Knob. Kentucky
37°17′N 83°52′W / 37.283°N 83.867°W / 37.283; -83.867 (Daniel Boone)
February 23, 1937 7009228266578676252564,059 acres (2,282.7 km2) Encompassing part of the Cumberland Plateau and Appalachian Mountains, Daniel Boone National Forest has two wilderness areas and several reservoirs. Scenic areas include Cumberland Falls, Red River Gorge, Yahoo Arch and many caves.[40]
Davy Crockett Ratcliff Lake. Texas
31°18′N 95°06′W / 31.300°N 95.100°W / 31.300; -95.100 (Davy Crockett)
October 13, 1936 7008652110443905536161,140 acres (652.1 km2) Located where the southeastern pine forests meet the blackland prairies of central Texas, Davy Crockett National Forest’s Big Slough Wilderness consists primarily hardwood forest. A recreation area surrounds Ratcliff Lake, which covers 45 acres (18 ha).[11]:310–312[41]
Delta A sign for Sunflower Wildlife Management Area in Delta National Forest. Mississippi
32°45′N 90°46′W / 32.750°N 90.767°W / 32.750; -90.767 (Delta)
January 12, 1961 700825134620553884162,109 acres (251.3 km2) Delta National Forest contains the only bottomland hardwood forest in the National Forest System, located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River.[17] The forest includes the Green Ash-Overcup Oak-Sweetgum Research Natural Areas, which is a National Natural Landmark because it contains remnant bottomland old-growth forest.[8]:167–172[42]
Deschutes View to the northeast across Lava Lake with three volcanic mountains in the background: South Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor. Oregon
43°50′N 121°32′W / 43.833°N 121.533°W / 43.833; -121.533 (Deschutes)
July 1, 1908 70096524252893351981,612,178 acres (6,524.3 km2) On the east side of the Cascade Range, Deschutes National Forest includes Newberry National Volcanic Monument and five wilderness areas. Lava River Cave, at 5,211 ft (1,588 m) long, is Oregon’s longest lava tube.[43]
De Soto Pine forest in De Soto. Mississippi
31°02′N 88°59′W / 31.033°N 88.983°W / 31.033; -88.983 (De Soto)
June 17, 1936 7009215260791505943531,921 acres (2,152.6 km2) De Soto National Forest contains Mississippi’s only wilderness areas: Black Creek and Leaf River. The Black Creek and Tuxachanie National Recreation Trails provide 60 mi (97 km) of hiking opportunities. Black Creek has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River for 21 mi (34 km).[8]:173–178[17]
Dixie Scenic Byway 12 in Red Canyon. Utah
38°15′N 111°30′W / 38.250°N 111.500°W / 38.250; -111.500 (Dixie)
September 25, 1905 70097630975047180671,885,655 acres (7,631.0 km2) Straddling the divide between the Great Basin and Colorado River, Dixie National Forest has elevations ranging from 2,800 ft (850 m) near St. George to 11,322 ft (3,451 m) on Boulder Mountain. Ashdown Gorge, Box-Death Hollow, Cottonwood Forest, and Pine Valley Mountain wilderness areas are in the forest.[44]
Eldorado Mountains and forest along the trail to Winnemucca Lake. California
38°47′N 120°19′W / 38.783°N 120.317°W / 38.783; -120.317 (Eldorado)
July 28, 1910 7009280659205348853693,524 acres (2,806.6 km2) In the Sierra Nevada, Eldorado National Forest has 611 mi (983 km) of fishable streams and 297 lakes and reservoirs. There are 349 mi (562 km) of trails and 2,367 mi (3,809 km) of roads in the forest. The forest’s Desolation Wilderness is the most visited wilderness area per acre in the country.[30]:84–88[45]
El Yunque Forested mountainsides in El Yunque. Puerto Rico
18°17′N 65°48′W / 18.283°N 65.800°W / 18.283; -65.800 (El Yunque)
January 17, 1903 700811607598276369928,683 acres (116.1 km2) The only tropical rainforest in the National Forest System, higher elevations of El Yunque National Forest receive nearly 200 in (510 cm) of rainfall per year. There are 240 tree species in the forest, 23 of which are endemic to the forest, being found nowhere else in the world.[46][47]
Finger Lakes Overlooking the hills, forest, and surrounding area in Finger Lakes National Forest. New York
42°31′N 76°47′W / 42.517°N 76.783°W / 42.517; -76.783 (Finger Lakes)
1983[48] 700766174196219084816,352 acres (66.2 km2) Located between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, Finger Lakes National Forest is one of the smallest National Forests. The Gorge Trail enters a small gorge in the forest, and the North Country Trail crosses part of the forest.[8]:209–212[48]
Fishlake Aspens during fall in the mountains of the Richfield Ranger District. Utah
38°42′N 111°57′W / 38.700°N 111.950°W / 38.700; -111.950 (Fishlake)
February 10, 1899 70095879956929198101,452,969 acres (5,880.0 km2) Located in south central Utah, Fishlake National Forest is named for Fish Lake, the state’s largest natural mountain lake. The forest’s Tushar Mountains reach their highest point at 12,174 ft (3,711 m) on Delano Peak.[30]:284–288[49]
Flathead Big Salmon Lake and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Montana
48°01′N 113°48′W / 48.017°N 113.800°W / 48.017; -113.800 (Flathead)
February 22, 1897 70099767383395981232,413,573 acres (9,767.4 km2) Bordering Glacier National Park, Flathead is home to grizzly bears, bull trout, and Canada lynx. The forest manages four wilderness areas, including the Bob Marshall and Great Bear wildernesses.[11]:203–208[50]
Francis Marion A trail through pine forest. South Carolina
33°10′N 79°42′W / 33.167°N 79.700°W / 33.167; -79.700 (Francis Marion)
July 10, 1936 7009104681249135147258,673 acres (1,046.8 km2) Francis Marion National Forest is home to 150 mi (240 km) of streams and a variety of wildlife, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. There are four wilderness areas in the forest, and it is managed together with Sumter National Forest.[8]:282–289[51]
Fremont-Winema An aerial view of Mount Thielson. Oregon
42°34′N 120°52′W / 42.567°N 120.867°W / 42.567; -120.867 (Fremont-Winema)
September 17, 1906 70099120647177404642,253,761 acres (9,120.6 km2) Encompassing the Warner Mountains and bordering Crater Lake National Park, Fremont-Winema National Forest also includes the semi-arid areas of the Oregon Outback. The Gearhart Mountain Wilderness is near the center of the forest.[30]:217–220[52]
Gallatin Mountains around Daisy Pass. Montana
45°15′N 111°00′W / 45.250°N 111.000°W / 45.250; -111.000 (Gallatin)
February 10, 1899 70097485474371369701,849,701 acres (7,485.5 km2) Bordering the north side of Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin National Forest contains parts of both the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf wilderness areas. Quake Lake was formed on the Madison River when an earthquake launched a landslide across the river in 1959.[53]
George Washington & Jefferson Forested mountains viewed from the White Rocks on Little Sluice Mountain. Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky
38°12′N 79°21′W / 38.200°N 79.350°W / 38.200; -79.350 (George Washington & Jefferson)
May 16, 1918 70097247644666281671,790,932 acres (7,247.6 km2) In the Appalachian Mountains, the highest point of the forest is Mount Rogers, also the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 ft (1,746 m) in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. There are 230,000 acres (93,000 ha) of old-growth forest here, and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail both run through the forest.[54]
Gifford Pinchot Partially snow-covered Old Snowy Mountain. Washington
46°10′N 121°48′W / 46.167°N 121.800°W / 46.167; -121.800 (Gifford Pinchot)
July 1, 1908 70095307921633322591,311,616 acres (5,307.9 km2) Gifford Pinchot National Forest includes Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and parts of seven wilderness areas. There are 1,475 mi (2,374 km) of trials and 4,104 mi (6,605 km) of roads in the forest.[55]
Gila Mountains and valleys in Gila National Forest. New Mexico
33°17′N 108°20′W / 33.283°N 108.333°W / 33.283; -108.333 (Gila)
March 2, 1899 70101075673457299102,658,047 acres (10,756.7 km2) The forest’s Gila Wilderness was the world’s first wilderness area and was proclaimed on June 3, 1924. The Catwalk National Recreation Trail travels up a narrow canyon for 1.1 mi (1.8 km) while following Whitewater Creek.[56]
Grand Mesa The northwestern edge of Grand Mesa from  the south. Colorado
39°05′N 107°54′W / 39.083°N 107.900°W / 39.083; -107.900 (Grand Mesa)
July 1, 1908 7009139994118277009345,933 acres (1,399.9 km2) In western Colorado, Grand Mesa National Forest covers part of Battlement Mesa and most of Grand Mesa, the largest flattop mountain in the world with an average elevation of 10,500 ft (3,200 m). There are over 300 lakes in the forest. It is managed together with Gunnison National Forest and Uncompahgre National Forest.[11]:49–56[57]
Green Mountain Trees in fall along a road near the Hapgood Pond Recreation Area. Vermont
43°18′N 73°00′W / 43.300°N 73.000°W / 43.300; -73.000 (Green Mountain)
April 25, 1932 7009165069250041484407,895 acres (1,650.7 km2) In Vermont’s Green Mountains, this forest includes eight wilderness areas. Among the 900 mi (1,400 km) of trails in the forest are the Appalachian Trail and two National Recreation Trails: Long and Robert Frost.[58]
Gunnison Mountains in spring along the Copper Lake Trail near Crested Butte. Colorado
38°41′N 106°41′W / 38.683°N 106.683°W / 38.683; -106.683 (Gunnison)
May 12, 1905 70096744345226740631,666,564 acres (6,744.3 km2) Gunnison National Forest is located in the Rocky Mountains near Gunnison, Colorado. Among the seven wilderness areas in the forest are the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Slumgullion Slide is a giant landslide due to the mineral montmorillonite.[11]:56–67[57]
Helena The York-Trout Creek Bridge over the Missouri River below mountains in Helena National Forest. Montana
46°33′N 112°12′W / 46.550°N 112.200°W / 46.550; -112.200 (Helena)
April 12, 1906 7009397311460467102981,778 acres (3,973.1 km2) The Continental Divide Trail travels almost 80 mi (130 km) through the forest, which surrounds Montana’s capital city. The Elkhorn Mountains are the only Wildlife Management unit in the National Forest System.[59]
Hiawatha A forest sign along road M-28 in Hiawatha National Forest. Michigan
46°10′N 86°40′W / 46.167°N 86.667°W / 46.167; -86.667 (Hiawatha)
January 16, 1931 7009363599932411584898,475 acres (3,636.0 km2) Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Hiawatha National Forest borders Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The forest is home to Grand Island National Recreation Area and five wilderness areas.[60]
Holly Springs A cypress swamp in Holly Springs National Forest. Mississippi
34°34′N 89°18′W / 34.567°N 89.300°W / 34.567; -89.300 (Holly Springs)
June 15, 1936 7008632183722881638156,216 acres (632.2 km2) In north-central Mississippi, Holly Springs National Forest has small lakes in upland forests and unique bottomlands. Chewalla and Puskus recreation areas surround the namesake lakes and have boat launches.[8]:178–180[17]
Homochitto A sign for Homochitto National Forest. Mississippi
31°26′N 90°56′W / 31.433°N 90.933°W / 31.433; -90.933 (Homochitto)
July 20, 1936 7008777004526813644192,002 acres (777.0 km2) Located in southern Mississippi, this forest is named for the Homochitto River, meaning “Big Red River.” Most of the forest is densely forested hills, but there are recreation facilities at Pipes Lake, Clear Springs, and Mount Nebo.[8]:180–186[17]
Hoosier A hazy fall day over the hills in Hoosier National Forest. Indiana
38°31′N 86°31′W / 38.517°N 86.517°W / 38.517; -86.517 (Hoosier)
October 1, 1961 7008823304611142323203,443 acres (823.3 km2) The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest is 88 acres (36 ha) of old-growth forest in Hoosier National Forest. The forest’s Charles C. Deam Wilderness is Indiana’s only wilderness area.[61]
Humboldt-Toiyabe Aspen in Lamoille Canyon surrounded by mountains. Nevada, California
40°23′N 115°33′W / 40.383°N 115.550°W / 40.383; -115.550 (Humboldt-Toiyabe)
May 3, 1906 70102545400250959636,289,821 acres (25,454.0 km2) As the largest National Forest outside of Alaska, Humboldt-Toiyabe occupies many of the mountains of Nevada’s Basin and Range Province. Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is located near Las Vegas and is part of the forest.[62]
Huron-Manistee Benton Lake and surrounding forests. Michigan
44°33′N 83°52′W / 44.550°N 83.867°W / 44.550; -83.867 (Huron-Manistee)
July 30, 1928 7009394621110317491975,130 acres (3,946.2 km2) Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary is located around a small spring-fed lake in the forest. The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness has sand dunes up to 140 ft (43 m) high along Lake Michigan.[63]
Idaho Panhandle
Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, Kaniksu
Revett Lake and surrounding mountains and forests from above. Idaho, Montana, Washington
47°43′N 116°13′W / 47.717°N 116.217°W / 47.717; -116.217 (Idaho Panhandle)
November 6, 1906 70101244197103982753,074,478 acres (12,442.0 km2) There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canadian border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.[30]:173–179[64]
Inyo Mount Whitney from the Whitney Portal Trailhead. California, Nevada
37°30′N 118°39′W / 37.500°N 118.650°W / 37.500; -118.650 (Inyo)
May 25, 1907 70097920632842470371,957,231 acres (7,920.6 km2) Located in the Sierra Nevada, Inyo includes Mono Lake, bristlecone pines, the Long Valley Caldera, nine wilderness areas, and Mount Whitney, which at 14,505 ft (4,421 m) is the highest point in the United States outside of Alaska.[65]
Kaibab Aspens and a meadow in fall. Arizona
35°56′N 112°09′W / 35.933°N 112.150°W / 35.933; -112.150 (Kaibab)
July 1, 1908 70096318239573456871,561,271 acres (6,318.2 km2) Located on the Colorado Plateau to both the north and south of Grand Canyon National Park, elevations in Kaibab National Forest reach 10,418 ft (3,175 m) on Kendrick Mountain in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. There are over 300 mi (480 km) of trails in the forest, including through the Kanab Creek Wilderness.[66]
Kisatchie The Kisatchie Bayou. Louisiana
31°00′N 92°37′W / 31.000°N 92.617°W / 31.000; -92.617 (Kisatchie)
June 10, 1930 7009245862310400847607,539 acres (2,458.6 km2) Kisatchie is Louisiana’s only National Forest, covering old-growth pine forest and bald cypress groves in the bayous. There are 48 mammal species, 56 reptiles, 30 amphibians, and 155 breeding or overwintering birds in this forest.[67]
Klamath A road through the forest. California, Oregon
41°30′N 123°08′W / 41.500°N 123.133°W / 41.500; -123.133 (Klamath)
May 6, 1905 70096767910071688261,672,387 acres (6,767.9 km2) Straddling the California-Oregon border, this forest has part of five wilderness areas, 152 mi (245 km) of wild and scenic rivers, and 200 mi (320 km) of rivers for rafting, including on the Klamath River.The Siskiyou mariposa lily is endemic to the forest, being found nowhere else in the world.[68]
Kootenai Snow-capped mountains in Kootenai National Forest. Montana, Idaho
48°32′N 115°26′W / 48.533°N 115.433°W / 48.533; -115.433 (Kootenai)
August 13, 1906 70097326271039712481,810,361 acres (7,326.3 km2) Kootenai includes the Cabinet Mountains and the Kootenai and Clark Fork rivers. The Noxon and Cabinet Gorge reservoirs are on the Clark Fork within the forest. The Northwest Peak Scenic Area is in the Selkirk Mountains.[11]:222–226[69]
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Lake Tahoe. California, Nevada
April 1973 7008614826755685964151,927 acres (614.8 km2) The Forest Service lands surrounding Lake Tahoe are managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, which was created in April 1973 in order to protect the lake's unique ecological and recreational values.[70][71]E
Lassen Echo Lake. California
40°05′N 121°14′W / 40.083°N 121.233°W / 40.083; -121.233 (Lassen)
June 2, 1905 70094313119340711801,065,795 acres (4,313.1 km2) Surrounding Lassen Volcanic National Park, this forest has three wilderness areas and 92,000 acres (37,000 ha) of old-growth Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests. Subway Cave is a lava tube that is 0.3 mi (0.48 km) long and open to the public.[72]
Lewis and Clark A riding ranger with mules near the Chinese Wall. Montana
46°55′N 110°38′W / 46.917°N 110.633°W / 46.917; -110.633 (Lewis and Clark)
February 22, 1897 70097567317995656321,869,925 acres (7,567.3 km2) Located in north-central Montana, this forest includes seven mountain ranges and large portions of the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas. The forest operates the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls.[73]
Lincoln Partially forested mountains in Lincoln National Forest. New Mexico
32°57′N 105°26′W / 32.950°N 105.433°W / 32.950; -105.433 (Lincoln)
July 26, 1902 70094433209805046521,095,470 acres (4,433.2 km2) With portions of four mountain ranges, the Capitan, Guadalupe, Sacramento, and Sierra Blanca mountains, elevations range from 4,000 ft (1,200 m) to 11,500 ft (3,500 m) in Lincoln National Forest. The forest was the birthplace of Smokey Bear.[74]
Lolo Rainy Lake and mountains. Montana
47°09′N 114°26′W / 47.150°N 114.433°W / 47.150; -114.433 (Lolo)
September 20, 1906 70099056706845930722,237,961 acres (9,056.7 km2) Located west of the Continental Divide and containing parts of four wilderness areas, this forest has 700 mi (1,100 km) of trails and over 100 named lakes. There are at least 20 fish species, 60 mammals, 300 birds, and 1,500 plants in the forest.[75]
Los Padres Montane chaparral and mountains. California
34°32′N 119°46′W / 34.533°N 119.767°W / 34.533; -119.767 (Los Padres)
March 2, 1898 70097163263663018211,770,081 acres (7,163.3 km2) Encompassing portions of the California Coast and Transverse ranges of central California, Los Padres has ten wilderness areas covering about 48% of the forest. There are 1,257 mi (2,023 km) of trails and part of the Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway.[76]
Malheur Strawberry Lake and mountains in fall. Oregon
44°15′N 118°51′W / 44.250°N 118.850°W / 44.250; -118.850 (Malheur)
July 1, 1908 70095990193298144281,480,209 acres (5,990.2 km2) In the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, Malheur National Forest’s highest point is Strawberry Mountain at 9,038 ft (2,755 m). The Cedar Grove Botanical Area contains the only stand of Alaska yellow cedar east of the Cascade Range in the United States.[77]
Manti-La Sal Mount Peale viewed from Mount Mellenthin. Utah, Colorado
38°23′N 109°01′W / 38.383°N 109.017°W / 38.383; -109.017 (Manti-La Sal)
May 29, 1903 70095139693811843431,270,046 acres (5,139.7 km2) Including the La Sal and Abajo mountains of eastern Utah, elevations in this forest reach 12,721 ft (3,877 m) on Mount Peale. The Dark Canyon Wilderness is the only wilderness area in the forest.[30]:288–298[78]
Mark Twain A kayaker on the St. Francis River. Missouri
37°00′N 91°30′W / 37.000°N 91.500°W / 37.000; -91.500 (Mark Twain)
September 11, 1939 70096493427987982561,604,561 acres (6,493.4 km2) Missouri’s only National Forest, Mark Twain contains seven wilderness areas and the Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River. There are 19 natural areas in the forest that are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.[79]
Medicine Bow – Routt Mountains and grasslands surrounding a work center. Colorado, Wyoming
41°14′N 106°15′W / 41.233°N 106.250°W / 41.233; -106.250 (Medicine Bow — Routt)
May 22, 1902 70098944596782460982,210,258 acres (8,944.6 km2) This forest contains many ranges of the Rocky Mountains with elevations ranging from 5,500 ft (1,700 m) to 12,940 ft (3,940 m). There are ten wilderness areas and Rob Roy Reservoir, which covers 500 acres (200 ha).[80]
Mendocino Howard Lake and forested mountains. California
39°38′N 122°51′W / 39.633°N 122.850°W / 39.633; -122.850 (Mendocino)
July 1, 1908 7009370502655411271915,532 acres (3,705.0 km2) Mendocino is the only National Forest in California not crossed by a paved highway. The forest’s Genetic Resource and Conservation Center produces plants for reforestation, watershed restoration, wildlife recovery, and other projects.[81]
Modoc The summit trail and surrounding mountains. California
41°34′N 120°53′W / 41.567°N 120.883°W / 41.567; -120.883 (Modoc)
November 29, 1904 70096800738170986771,680,499 acres (6,800.7 km2) Modoc National Forest contains the Medicine Lake Volcano, which has an elevation of 7,921 ft (2,414 m) and is the largest shield volcano in North America. There are 43,400 acres (17,600 ha) of old-growth forest here along with Mill Creek Falls in the South Warner Wilderness.[82]
Monongahela Seneca Rock. West Virginia
38°33′N 79°54′W / 38.550°N 79.900°W / 38.550; -79.900 (Monongahela)
April 28, 1920 7009372546722590225920,583 acres (3,725.5 km2) Monongahela National Forest includes Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area and eight wilderness areas. Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at 4,863 ft (1,482 m), and Seneca Rocks is a 900 ft (270 m) quartzite crag.[83]
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Table Mountain and its reflection in a lake. Washington
48°28′N 121°25′W / 48.467°N 121.417°W / 48.467; -121.417 (Mount Baker-Snoqualmie)
February 22, 1897 70101037111771821342,562,759 acres (10,371.1 km2) In the Cascade Range, this forest includes Mount Baker, at an elevation of 10,781 ft (3,286 m), a glaciated stratovolcano. Mount Baker National Recreation Area, the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, and portions of ten wilderness areas are in the forest.[84]
Mount Hood Mount Hood and its reflection in Mirror Lake. Oregon
45°16′N 121°49′W / 45.267°N 121.817°W / 45.267; -121.817 (Mount Hood)
June 17, 1892 70094327202401061761,069,275 acres (4,327.2 km2) This forest is named for and contains Mount Hood, the highest point in Oregon at 11,249 ft (3,429 m). The forest stretches from the Columbia River Gorge and includes Mount Hood National Recreation Area and nine wilderness areas.[85]
Nantahala Dry Falls. North Carolina
35°12′N 83°33′W / 35.200°N 83.550°W / 35.200; -83.550 (Nantahala)
February 6, 1907 7009215426712619261532,331 acres (2,154.3 km2) In southwestern North Carolina, this forest includes the Nantahala Gorge and Nantahala River. There are 600 mi (970 km) of trails in the forest with elevations ranging from 1,200 ft (370 m) to 5,800 ft (1,800 m) on Lone Bald.[38]
Nebraska Forest and grasslands in the Bessey Ranger District. Nebraska
41°42′N 100°22′W / 41.700°N 100.367°W / 41.700; -100.367 (Nebraska)
April 16, 1902 7008569849993407411140,813 acres (569.8 km2) This forest was created in 1902 by Charles E. Bessey as an experiment to see if a forest could be created in treeless areas of the Great Plains for use as a national timber reserve. The Bessey Nursery is located in the northwest corner of the forest’s Bessey Ranger District.[11]:240–242[86]
Nez Perce Crooked Creek in fall. Idaho
45°27′N 115°55′W / 45.450°N 115.917°W / 45.450; -115.917 (Nez Perce)
July 1, 1908 70098998533284858722,223,586 acres (8,998.5 km2) Nez Perce National Forest includes parts of four wilderness areas: Frank Church-River of No Return, Gospel Hump, Hells Canyon, and Selway-Bietterroot. This forest is managed together with Clearwater National Forest.[87]
Ocala A pond in Farles Prairie. Florida
29°12′N 81°44′W / 29.200°N 81.733°W / 29.200; -81.733 (Ocala)
November 24, 1908 7009155677305656378384,687 acres (1,556.8 km2) Ocala protects the world’s largest sand pine scrub forest. There are more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs in the forest along with four wilderness areas. There are over 600 lakes and part of the Florida Trail in the forest.[8]:34–37[88]
Ochoco Steins Pillar. Oregon
44°22′N 120°07′W / 44.367°N 120.117°W / 44.367; -120.117 (Ochoco)
July 1, 1911 7009345932166642670854,817 acres (3,459.3 km2) Ochoco National Forest contains a variety of odd geological formations, 95,000 acres (38,000 ha) of old-growth forest, the headwaters of the Crooked River, and three wilderness areas. Stein’s Pillar is a 350 ft (110 m) tall rock column in the Ochoco Mountains.[30]:227–229[43]
Okanogan-Wenatchee A lake and the surrounding mountains and forest viewed from Maple Pass. Washington
48°38′N 119°35′W / 48.633°N 119.583°W / 48.633; -119.583 (Okanogan-Wenatchee)
July 1, 1911 70096077674193427301,501,826 acres (6,077.7 km2) Located on the eastern side of the Cascade Range, this forest stretches from the Canadian border to the Columbia and Okanogan rivers. There are 1,285 mi (2,068 km) of trails in the forest, including part of the Pacific Crest Trail.[30]:329–332[89]
Olympic Forests and the Olympic Mountains from Hurricane Ridge. Washington
48°07′N 124°15′W / 48.117°N 124.250°W / 48.117; -124.250 (Olympic)
February 22, 1897 7009255683626252369631,808 acres (2,556.8 km2) Olympic National Forest surrounds Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. There are five wilderness areas, occupying about 14% of the forest. This part of Washington receives more rainfall annually than anywhere else in the United States.[30]:332–338[90]
Osceola Pine forest with palmetto understory. Florida
30°19′N 82°27′W / 30.317°N 82.450°W / 30.317; -82.450 (Osceola)
July 10, 1931 7008648274024017100160,192 acres (648.3 km2) The Big Gum Swamp Wilderness is the forest’s only wilderness area, and the Osceola Research Natural Area was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The Civil War Battle of Olustee occurred in what is now the forest, and 23 mi (37 km) of the Florida National Scenic Trail pass through the forest.[91]
Ottawa Pines along Kathryn Lake. Michigan
46°27′N 89°15′W / 46.450°N 89.250°W / 46.450; -89.250 (Ottawa)
January 27, 1931 7009401027688719792990,961 acres (4,010.3 km2) Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Ottawa National Forest stretches from Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. There are 500 named lakes, nearly 2,000 mi (3,200 km) of streams, and three wilderness areas in the forest.[92]
Ouachita The view across Ouachita National Forest from atop the Standing Stairs Mountains. Arkansas, Oklahoma
34°38′N 94°04′W / 34.633°N 94.067°W / 34.633; -94.067 (Ouachita)
December 18, 1907 70097225581205066751,785,480 acres (7,225.6 km2) Including the namesake Ouachita Mountains, this forest has nearly 800,000 acres (320,000 ha) of old-growth forest. The forest has two wilderness areas: Black Fork Mountain and Upper Kiamichi River.[93]
Ozark-St. Francis View of the Ozarks from atop  White Rock Mountain. Arkansas
35°42′N 93°21′W / 35.700°N 93.350°W / 35.700; -93.350 (Ozark-St. Francis)
March 5, 1908 70094666397765818061,153,092 acres (4,666.4 km2) Ozark-St. Francis National Forest has more than 400 mi (640 km) of trails, including the Ozark Highlands Trail. Blanchard Springs Caverns is a three level cave system that is open for public tours.[94]
Payette The Seven Devils Mountains in winter. Idaho
45°05′N 115°48′W / 45.083°N 115.800°W / 45.083; -115.800 (Payette)
June 3, 1905 70099416172914506822,326,787 acres (9,416.2 km2) Payette National Forest includes the Seven Devils Mountains and part of the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness. It also borders Hells Canyon to the west and contains the Brundage Mountain ski area.[30]:183–187[95]
Pike A lake and mountains in Pike National Forest. Colorado
39°10′N 105°27′W / 39.167°N 105.450°W / 39.167; -105.450 (Pike)
February 11, 1892 70094435261561252681,095,977 acres (4,435.3 km2) Pike National Forest includes Pikes Peak at an elevation of 14,115 ft (4,302 m) and three wilderness areas. Since 1975 the forest has been managed together with San Isabel National Forest.[96]
Pisgah Upper Creek Falls. North Carolina
35°48′N 82°20′W / 35.800°N 82.333°W / 35.800; -82.333 (Pisgah)
October 17, 1916 7009206014938637685509,074 acres (2,060.1 km2) Elevations in Pisgah National Forest reach over 6,000 ft (1,800 m), and there are 46,600 acres (18,900 ha) of old-growth forests, including 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) in Linville Gorge. There are three wilderness areas in the forest: Linville Gorge, Middle Prong, and Shining Rock.[38]
Plumas Bucks Lake. California
39°56′N 120°49′W / 39.933°N 120.817°W / 39.933; -120.817 (Plumas)
March 27, 1905 70094811303553734931,188,899 acres (4,811.3 km2) There are 127,000 acres (51,000 ha) of old-growth forest in Plumas National Forest.[97] The Little Grass Valley Recreation Area surrounds Little Grass Valley Reservoir and includes a campground and boat launch, among other facilities and services.[98]
Prescott A lake near Mingus Mountain. Arizona
34°35′N 112°36′W / 34.583°N 112.600°W / 34.583; -112.600 (Prescott)
May 10, 1898 70095086157948231501,256,817 acres (5,086.2 km2) Vegetation in Prescott National Forest ranges from that characteristic of the Sonoran Desert at lower elevations to Ponderosa pine at higher elevations. There are eight wilderness areas and 450 mi (720 km) of trails in the forest[99]
Rio Grande Mountains along the Stony Pass Road. Colorado
37°43′N 106°37′W / 37.717°N 106.617°W / 37.717; -106.617 (Rio Grande)
July 1, 1908 70097437381529645901,837,817 acres (7,437.4 km2) The headwaters of the Rio Grande are in the San Juan Mountains in the western part of the forest, while the Sangre de Cristo Mountains form the eastern boundary. Elevations reach 14,345 ft (4,372 m) at the summit of Blanca Peak, overlooking the San Luis Valley and Great Sand Dunes National Park.[100]
Rogue River-Siskiyou Preston Peak in winter. Oregon, California
41°58′N 123°08′W / 41.967°N 123.133°W / 41.967; -123.133 (Rogue River-Siskiyou)
September 28, 1893 70096972644584953901,722,978 acres (6,972.6 km2) This forest ranges from the Cascade Range to the Siskiyou Mountains, and the Rogue River drains over 75% of the forest’s area. There are parts of eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as what may be the world’s tallest pine tree, a ponderosa pine that is 268.35 ft (81.79 m) tall.[101][102]
Roosevelt Mountains surrounding Lake Isabelle. Colorado
40°32′N 105°35′W / 40.533°N 105.583°W / 40.533; -105.583 (Roosevelt)
May 22, 1902 7009329382547303265813,922 acres (3,293.8 km2) Located in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, Roosevelt National Forest has part of six wilderness areas. It is managed together with Arapaho National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland.[14]
Sabine A sign for Sabine National Forest. Texas
31°30′N 93°52′W / 31.500°N 93.867°W / 31.500; -93.867 (Sabine)
October 13, 1936 7008652519176404198161,241 acres (652.5 km2) Sabine National Forest borders the western side of Toledo Bend Reservoir and has 28 mi (45 km) of trails. The forest’s only wilderness area is the Indian Mounds Wilderness. Old-growth forest can be found in the wilderness and at Mill Creek Cove along the reservoir’s shores.[11]:312–316[41]
Salmon-Challis Borah Peak and the Lost River Range in winter. Idaho
45°07′N 114°09′W / 45.117°N 114.150°W / 45.117; -114.150 (Salmon-Challis)
July 1, 1908 70101710583142666874,226,943 acres (17,105.8 km2) Salmon-Challis National Forest includes parts of both the Salmon River and the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness. Idaho’s highest point, Borah Peak at 12,662 ft (3,859 m), is located in the Lost River Range in the forest.[103]
Sam Houston A hardwood swamp. Texas
30°32′N 95°21′W / 30.533°N 95.350°W / 30.533; -95.350 (Sam Houston)
October 13, 1936 7008660705966946713163,264 acres (660.7 km2) Part of the Lone Star Trail travels through Sam Houston National Forest, which borders parts of Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston. The Little Lake Creek Wilderness is the only wilderness area in the forest.[41]
Samuel R. McKelvie Grassland approaching the forest edge. Nebraska
42°43′N 101°02′W / 42.717°N 101.033°W / 42.717; -101.033 (Sameul R. McKelvie)
October 15, 1971 7008468816175965772115,847 acres (468.8 km2) Located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest is a combination of prairie and trees planted since 1903, of which ponderosa pine has been most successful.[11]:243–244[86]
San Bernardino Mount Baldy viewed from Silverwood Lake. California
34°03′N 116°57′W / 34.050°N 116.950°W / 34.050; -116.950 (San Bernardino)
February 25, 1893 7009274648409504663678,671 acres (2,746.5 km2) San Bernardino National Forest includes part of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The forest surrounds Lake Arrowhead and other reservoirs.[104]
San Isabel A valley in the mountains of San Isabel National Forest. Colorado
38°24′N 105°56′W / 38.400°N 105.933°W / 38.400; -105.933 (San Isabel)
April 11, 1902 70094487202963434181,108,812 acres (4,487.2 km2) There are 19 of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners in San Isabel National Forest, including the highest point, Mount Elbert at 14,440 ft (4,400 m). The forest includes the Sawatch Range, Collegiate Peaks, and Sangre de Cristo Range and is managed together with Pike National Forest.[96]
San Juan Mountains in San Juan National Forest. Colorado
37°30′N 107°39′W / 37.500°N 107.650°W / 37.500; -107.650 (San Juan)
June 3, 1905 70097544513959716091,864,290 acres (7,544.5 km2) San Juan National Forest includes Chimney Rock National Monument and elevations that range from 5,000 ft (1,500 m) to over 14,000 ft (4,300 m). The forest’s Weminuche Wilderness is the largest in Colorado at 499,771 acres (202,250 ha).[105]
Santa Fe Aspens and snow-capped mountains in late fall. New Mexico
35°54′N 106°13′W / 35.900°N 106.217°W / 35.900; -106.217 (Santa Fe)
January 11, 1892 70096251385505358821,544,751 acres (6,251.4 km2) Santa Fe National Forest’s highest point is Truchas Peak at 13,103 ft (3,994 m) in the Pecos Wilderness. There are 1,002 mi (1,613 km) of trails in the forest, which includes the Valles Caldera National Preserve.[106]
Sawtooth Stanley Lake and McGown Peak. Idaho, Utah
41°54′N 113°29′W / 41.900°N 113.483°W / 41.900; -113.483 (Sawtooth)
May 29, 1905 70097292985645638241,802,136 acres (7,293.0 km2) Sawtooth National Forest includes over 1,100 lakes, 1,000 mi (1,600 km) of trails and roads, and ten mountain ranges, with the highest point at 12,009 ft (3,660 m) on Hyndman Peak. The forest includes Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Sawtooth Range, Sawtooth Wilderness, four ski areas, and four endemic species, being found nowhere else in the world.[107]
Sequoia Giant sequoias. California
36°03′N 118°31′W / 36.050°N 118.517°W / 36.050; -118.517 (Sequoia)
July 1, 1908 70094610340710654971,139,240 acres (4,610.3 km2) Sequoia National Forest includes Giant Sequoia National Monument, both named for the giant sequoia, the largest tree species in the world. There are 2,500 mi (4,000 km) of maintained and abandoned roads and 850 mi (1,370 km) of trails in the forest, including the Pacific Crest Trail.[108]
Shasta-Trinity The Trinity Alps near Granite Lake. California
41°08′N 122°12′W / 41.133°N 122.200°W / 41.133; -122.200 (Shasta-Trinity)
April 26, 1905 70099021527523050802,229,268 acres (9,021.5 km2) There are 6,278 mi (10,103 km) of streams in the forest, and elevations range from 1,000 ft (300 m) to 14,179 ft (4,322 m) on Mount Shasta. Five wilderness areas and 460 mi (740 km) of trails can be found in the forest.[109]
Shawnee The Garden of the Gods at sunset. Illinois
37°30′N 88°48′W / 37.500°N 88.800°W / 37.500; -88.800 (Shawnee)
September 6, 1939 7009110674238811079273,482 acres (1,106.7 km2) As Illinois’s only National Forest, Shawnee is located in the southern part of the state and contains seven wilderness areas, including the Garden of the Gods. Among the many miles of hiking trials in the forest is the River to River Trail, which is 160 mi (260 km) long.[110]
Shoshone Pingora Peak and Lonesome Lake. Wyoming
44°02′N 109°32′W / 44.033°N 109.533°W / 44.033; -109.533 (Shoshone)
March 30, 1891 70099871630417422262,439,333 acres (9,871.6 km2) Located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this forest includes part of the Absaroka, Beartooth, and Wind River mountain ranges. Five wilderness areas make up 56% of the forest, and elevations reach 13,804 ft (4,207 m) at Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming.[111]
Sierra Lake of the Lone Indian and surrounding mountains. California
37°16′N 119°12′W / 37.267°N 119.200°W / 37.267; -119.200 (Sierra)
February 14, 1893 70095306327171892171,311,222 acres (5,306.3 km2) Sierra National Forest is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and elevations reach 13,986 ft (4,263 m). There are 1,800 mi (2,900 km) of streams, 480 lakes, 11 reservoirs, and 63 campgrounds in the forest.[30]:137–143[112]
Siuslaw Sand dunes at Oregon Dune National Recreation Area. Oregon
44°32′N 123°53′W / 44.533°N 123.883°W / 44.533; -123.883 (Siuslaw)
July 1, 1908 7009255143775605621630,474 acres (2,551.4 km2) Siuslaw National Forest includes Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, three wilderness areas, and Cascade Head Scenic Research Area among the Central Oregon Coast Range. Marys Peak Scenic Botanical Area includes Marys Peak, which at 4,097 ft (1,249 m) is the forest’s highest point.[113]
Six Rivers The Salmon River during spring. California
40°21′N 123°36′W / 40.350°N 123.600°W / 40.350; -123.600 (Six Rivers)
July 1, 1947 7009395086094120425976,279 acres (3,950.9 km2) Six Rivers National Forest was named for the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen, and Eel rivers. The forest includes the Salmon River system, all of which has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River.[114]
Stanislaus Cherry Lake and the surrounding forest. California
38°10′N 120°01′W / 38.167°N 120.017°W / 38.167; -120.017 (Stanislaus)
February 22, 1897 7009363984383771712899,425 acres (3,639.8 km2) Stanislaus National Forest has over 800 mi (1,300 km) of streams and four wilderness areas, including the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. The Emigrant Wilderness borders the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park.[30]:147–150[115]
Sumter A sign at the border of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. South Carolina
34°00′N 82°15′W / 34.000°N 82.250°W / 34.000; -82.250 (Sumter)
July 13, 1936 7009150807318637662372,653 acres (1,508.1 km2) Sumter National Forest contains 22 waterfalls with drops ranging from 12 ft (3.7 m) to 150 ft (46 m) and part of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, the only wilderness located in three states.[51]
Superior The view over the forest from Eagle Mountain. Minnesota
47°50′N 91°31′W / 47.833°N 91.517°W / 47.833; -91.517 (Superior)
February 13, 1909 70098469661759584532,092,899 acres (8,469.7 km2) Superior National Forest includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which has over 1,500 mi (2,400 km) of canoe routes, 1,000 lakes, and 2,200 designated campsites. Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota at 2,301 ft (701 m), is also in the forest.[116]
Tahoe A meadow with wildflowers. California
39°23′N 120°32′W / 39.383°N 120.533°W / 39.383; -120.533 (Tahoe)
April 13, 1899 7009352857552038323871,930 acres (3,528.6 km2) Tahoe National Forest is in the Sierra Nevada northwest of Lake Tahoe. Part of the Granite Chief Wilderness is within the forest. The Middle Fork of the American, Yuba, and North Yuba rivers cross or border the forest.[30]:151–156[117]
Talladega Cheaha Lake at the base of Mount Cheaha from above. Alabama
33°26′N 85°51′W / 33.433°N 85.850°W / 33.433; -85.850 (Talladega)
July 17, 1936 7009159043885514173393,006 acres (1,590.4 km2) Talladega National Forest includes the Cheaha and Dugger Mountain wilderness areas. The Talladega Scenic Byway and Pinhoti National Recreation Trail cross the forest. Talladega is managed together with Alabama’s other National Forests.[8]:8–11[36]
Tombigbee The Lakeside Trail winding around Choctaw Lake. Mississippi
33°56′N 88°56′W / 33.933°N 88.933°W / 33.933; -88.933 (Tombigbee)
November 27, 1959 700827226035952980467,277 acres (272.3 km2) Located in northeastern Mississippi, Tombigbee National Forest covers rolling hills that were abandoned farmland before the forest was established. It is managed together with Mississippi’s other National Forests.[17]
Tongass Mountains and water in Tongass National Forest. Alaska
56°48′N 133°54′W / 56.800°N 133.900°W / 56.800; -133.900 (Tongass)
September 10, 1907 701068062208520678416,818,538 acres (68,062.2 km2) The largest National Forest, Tongass spans 500 mi (800 km) in southeast Alaska from the Canadian border to the Pacific Ocean. Nearly one-third of the forest is covered by 19 wilderness areas. The forest includes Misty Fiords and Admiralty Island National Monuments.[118]
Tonto Tonto National Forest canyons from above. Arizona
33°52′N 111°17′W / 33.867°N 111.283°W / 33.867; -111.283 (Tonto)
October 3, 1905 70101160136611747942,866,760 acres (11,601.4 km2) Tonto National Forest stretches from the Sonoran Desert to the pine forests at the Mogollon Rim. There are eight wilderness areas and several lakes and reservoirs in the forest[119]
Tuskegee A bike along a trail in Tuskegee National Forest. Alabama
32°28′N 85°36′W / 32.467°N 85.600°W / 32.467; -85.600 (Tuskegee)
November 27, 1959 700745927773537817611,349 acres (45.9 km2) Tuskegee National Forest’s Bartram National Recreation Trail was Alabama’s first National Recreation Trail. Tuskegee is one of the smallest National Forests and is managed together with Alabama’s other National Forests.[36]
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Aspens below mountains in fall. Utah, Wyoming, Idaho
41°15′N 111°26′W / 41.250°N 111.433°W / 41.250; -111.433 (Uinta-Wasatch-Cache)
February 22, 1897 70101008640922832822,492,406 acres (10,086.4 km2) There are nine wilderness areas in the forest, which occupies part of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains. Mount Nebo and Mount Timpanogos are located in wilderness areas at the edge of the Wasatch Front.[30]:302–309[120]
Umatilla A trail atop Oregon Butte. Oregon, Washington
45°38′N 118°11′W / 45.633°N 118.183°W / 45.633; -118.183 (Umatilla)
July 1, 1908 70095692134228921671,406,557 acres (5,692.1 km2) Located in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, Umatilla National Forest includes three wilderness areas, occupying over 20% of the forest. The forest has over 715 mi (1,151 km) of trails, 2,000 mi (3,200 km) of roads, and one of the largest elk herds of any National Forest.[121]
Umpqua The Calapooya Mountains from Fairview Peak Lookout. Oregon
43°13′N 122°35′W / 43.217°N 122.583°W / 43.217; -122.583 (Umpqua)
March 2, 1907 7009398757806952468985,352 acres (3,987.6 km2) Umpqua National Forest is in the Cascade Range of southwestern Oregon and includes three wilderness areas. Watson Falls is a waterfall that is 272 ft (83 m) high on Watson Creek, a tributary of the Clearwater River.[122]
Uncompahgre Wetterhorn Peak. Colorado
38°16′N 108°07′W / 38.267°N 108.117°W / 38.267; -108.117 (Uncompahgre)
June 14, 1905 7009385127994521825951,672 acres (3,851.3 km2) The northern portion of the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre Plateau are located in this National Forest. The forest also contains Uncompahgre Gorge and three wilderness areas.[57]
Uwharrie A pond in Uwharrie National Forest. North Carolina
35°24′N 79°56′W / 35.400°N 79.933°W / 35.400; -79.933 (Uwharrie)
January 12, 1961 700820671747291261451,081 acres (206.7 km2) Uwharrie National Forest borders the eastern side of Badin Lake and has one wilderness area: the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness. The forest is managed together with North Carolina’s other National Forests.[38]
Wallowa-Whitman The Wallowa Mountains. Oregon, Idaho
45°13′N 117°31′W / 45.217°N 117.517°W / 45.217; -117.517 (Wallowa-Whitman)
May 6, 1905 70099151209037106612,261,313 acres (9,151.2 km2) Wallowa-Whitman National Forest stretches from the Blue Mountains to the Snake River. Elevations range from 875 ft (267 m) in Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, to 9,845 ft (3,001 m) at the summit of Sacajawea Peak in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.[123]
Wayne A sign for Wayne National Forest. Ohio
39°10′N 82°25′W / 39.167°N 82.417°W / 39.167; -82.417 (Wayne)
October 1, 1951 7008984061935665740243,167 acres (984.1 km2) Ohio’s only National Forest, Wayne is located in the Appalachian foothills and has over 300 mi (480 km) of trails. The North Country Trail passes through several sections of the forest.[124]
White Mountain The Sandwich Range in winter. New Hampshire, Maine
44°09′N 71°25′W / 44.150°N 71.417°W / 44.150; -71.417 (White Mountain)
May 16, 1918 7009308244197466501761,688 acres (3,082.4 km2) This National Forest is located in the White Mountains, which the Appalachian Trail and White Mountain Scenic Byway pass through. The forest includes Mount Washington, which at 6,288 ft (1,917 m) is the highest point in the Northeast and the location of the fastest wind speed recorded on earth, although the summit is located in a state park.[125]
White River The Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake in fall. Colorado
39°34′N 106°53′W / 39.567°N 106.883°W / 39.567; -106.883 (White River)
June 16, 1891 70099254978529489792,286,955 acres (9,255.0 km2) White River National Forest has eight wilderness areas, twelve ski resorts, four large reservoirs, 2,500 mi (4,000 km) of trails, 1,900 mi (3,100 km) of roads, and ten peaks higher than 14,000 ft (4,300 m) in elevation.[126]
Willamette The Breitenbush River. Oregon
44°07′N 122°11′W / 44.117°N 122.183°W / 44.117; -122.183 (Willamette)
July 1, 1933 70096810203768158771,682,838 acres (6,810.2 km2) Willamette National Forest is in the Cascade Range, stretching from Mount Jefferson to Mount Washington. About 20% of the forest is designated wilderness, but there are also 6,000 mi (9,700 km) of roads in the forest.[127]
William B. Bankhead Clear Creek. Alabama
34°34′N 87°20′W / 34.567°N 87.333°W / 34.567; -87.333 (William B. Bankhead)
January 15, 1918 7008736531915733222182,001 acres (736.5 km2) This forest contains 153 mi (246 km) of trails and the Sipsey Wilderness, which at 24,922 acres (10,086 ha) is the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. It is managed together with Alabama’s other National Forests.[36]

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Notes[edit]

  • A The listed National Forest names represent the current management divisions of the National Forest System. Forests that are managed separately, such as Allegheny National Forest and Monongahela National Forest, are listed as separate forests. But forests that are managed together may or may not be listed separately. Forests managed together and with hyphenated names, such as Salmon-Challis National Forest, are considered to be a single National Forest. Forests that are managed together under titles such as Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, are considered to be separate forests. National Forests listed in this column in small text are constituent National Forests managed by, but not included in the name of, the named National Forest in normal text. If you are counting to reach 154 National Forests, count hyphenated names as two forests, with the exception of Manti-La Sal, which is the official name of one forest. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache is counted as three and George Washington and Jefferson is counted as two.[1][4][5]
  • B In the case of National Forests in multiple states, the states are listed in descending order by land area of that forest contained in each state. States with the most area of that forest are listed first, while states with the least are listed last. Coordinates are those by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, and may not be representative of the entire forest.[6]
  • C The history of the National Forest System is very complicated. Forests have been transferred between agencies, renamed, divided, consolidated, discontinued, established from parts of existing forests, had portions ceded to other forests, expanded from other lands, among various other actions. The date given represents the day: that forest was established as is, a predecessor forest with the same boundaries was established under a different name, or the earliest date of establishment of a forest that was combined in whole with another forest.[4]
  • D Forests with citations to the three books in the This Land series by Robert H. Mohlenbrock can be found in the section of the cited book that corresponds to that forest. Additional information about a particular forest can be found in this series and at each forest’s website.[8][11][30]
  • E The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) consists of 154,830 acres (62,660 ha) of U.S. Forest Service land in the Lake Tahoe watershed. The LTBMU was formed from existing Forest Service land that was managed by Eldorado, Tahoe, and Humboldt-Toiyabe national forests. Only 767 acres (310 ha) of land in LTBMU is officially designated as LTBMU, and the remainder of the land is still officially designated as the three sources national forests. However, all of this land is managed separately as LTBMU, essentially making it a separate national forest.[1][70][71]

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  112. ^ "Sierra National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  113. ^ "Siuslaw National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  114. ^ "Six Rivers National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  115. ^ "Stanislaus National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  116. ^ "Superior National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  117. ^ "Tahoe National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  118. ^ "Tongass National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  119. ^ "Tonto National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  120. ^ "Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  121. ^ "Umatilla National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  122. ^ "Umpqua National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  123. ^ "Wallowa-Whitman National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  124. ^ "Wayne National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  125. ^ "White Mountain National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
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