List of largest United States National Forests

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Here is a list of all units in the United States National Forest system, which includes all United States National Grasslands and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Also included is one National Forest in Puerto Rico. Statistics are as of 30 September 2008.[1] Named National Forests are listed as separate entities, even though many of them in recent years have been combined administratively to one degree or another. These combined entities are noted in parentheses. According to the most recent annual report, the total area under management of the Forest Service is 191,268,196 acres (298,856.56 sq mi., or 774,034.93 km²) under the categories of National Forest, National Grassland, or National Preserve. (There are other minor categories, primarily that of Purchase Units, which are not included here.)

  • Note: The last entry on this list, the Choctawhatchee National Forest, is in reality much larger than the 743 acres listed, but more on the order of 340,000 acres (1,400 km2). It is because the listed acreage is only that part of the forest that is under the management of the Forest Service. The vast majority of this forest is, uniquely, under the management of the United States Air Force, as part of the neighboring Eglin Air Force Base.
Name State(s) Acreage Area: km²
Tongass National Forest Alaska 16,576,303 67,081.92
Chugach National Forest Alaska 5,392,925 21,824.39
Toiyabe National Forest (part of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) Nevada / California 3,238,284 13,104.87
Tonto National Forest Arizona 2,872,769 11,625.68
Gila National Forest New Mexico 2,709,005 10,963.95
Boise National Forest Idaho 2,653,544 10,738.51
Challis National Forest (part of Salmon-Challis National Forest) Idaho 2,463,471 9,969.31
Shoshone National Forest Wyoming 2,437,218 9,863.07
Humboldt National Forest (part of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) Nevada 2,401,284 9,717.65
Flathead National Forest Montana 2,360,235 9,551.53
Payette National Forest Idaho 2,327,548 9,419.25
White River National Forest Colorado 2,285,992 9,251.08
Nez Perce National Forest Idaho 2,224,091 9,000.58
Beaverhead National Forest (part of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest) Montana 2,130,671 8,622.52
Lolo National Forest Montana 2,127,547 8,609.88
Superior National Forest Minnesota 2,095,069 8,478.44
Inyo National Forest California / Nevada 1,903,378 7,702.70
Dixie National Forest Utah 1,888,509 7,642.52
San Juan National Forest Colorado 1,878,854 7,603.45
Lewis and Clark National Forest Montana 1,862,316 7,536.53
Coconino National Forest Arizona 1,856,038 7,511.12
Rio Grande National Forest Colorado 1,823,192 7,378.20
Gallatin National Forest Montana 1,818,199 7,357.99
Apache National Forest (part of Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest) Arizona / New Mexico 1,813,601 7,339.38
Kootenai National Forest Montana / Idaho 1,812,425 7,334.62
Sawtooth National Forest Idaho / Utah 1,804,090 7,300.89
Ouachita National Forest Arkansas / Oklahoma 1,788,325 7,237.09
Coronado National Forest Arizona / New Mexico 1,786,620 7,230.19
Salmon National Forest (part of Salmon-Challis National Forest) Idaho 1,772,469 7,172.93
Los Padres National Forest California 1,762,560 7,132.83
Klamath National Forest California / Oregon 1,737,774 7,032.52
Wenatchee National Forest Washington 1,736,678 7,028.09
Bridger National Forest (part of Bridger-Teton National Forest) Wyoming 1,736,075 7,025.65
Clearwater National Forest Idaho 1,679,952 6,798.52
Willamette National Forest Oregon 1,678,053 6,790.84
Gunnison National Forest Colorado 1,672,136 6,766.89
Teton National Forest (part of Bridger-Teton National Forest) Wyoming 1,666,569 6,744.37
Modoc National Forest California 1,663,401 6,731.55
Targhee National Forest (part of Caribou-Targhee National Forest) Idaho / Wyoming 1,643,501 6,651.01
Cibola National Forest New Mexico 1,631,419 6,602.12
Kaniksu National Forest (part of Idaho Panhandle National Forest) Idaho / Montana / Washington 1,627,753 6,587.28
Deschutes National Forest Oregon 1,596,899 6,462.42
Bitterroot National Forest Montana / Idaho 1,587,070 6,422.64
Santa Fe National Forest New Mexico 1,566,147 6,337.97
Kaibab National Forest Arizona 1,560,165 6,313.76
Okanogan National Forest Washington 1,499,013 6,066.29
Mark Twain National Forest Missouri 1,491,124 6,034.36
Malheur National Forest Oregon 1,465,286 5,929.80
Fishlake National Forest Utah 1,461,226 5,913.37
Umatilla National Forest Oregon / Washington 1,407,001 5,693.93
Carson National Forest New Mexico 1,391,674 5,631.90
Ashley National Forest Utah / Wyoming 1,382,347 5,594.16
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Washington 1,319,650 5,340.43
Sierra National Forest California 1,311,833 5,308.80
Mount Baker National Forest (part of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest) Washington 1,301,787 5,268.15
Manti-La Sal National Forest Utah / Colorado 1,270,646 5,142.12
Whitman National Forest (part of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest) Oregon 1,266,902 5,126.97
Snoqualmie National Forest (part of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest) Washington 1,258,167 5,091.62
Black Hills National Forest South Dakota / Wyoming 1,252,395 5,068.26
Prescott National Forest Arizona 1,239,775 5,017.19
Deerlodge National Forest (part of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest) Montana 1,227,108 4,965.93
Fremont National Forest Oregon 1,207,039 4,884.71
Custer National Forest Montana / South Dakota 1,187,516 4,805.71
Plumas National Forest California 1,176,005 4,759.12
Shasta National Forest (part of Shasta-Trinity National Forest) California 1,166,155 4,719.26
Sequoia National Forest California 1,144,276 4,630.72
Ozark National Forest (part of Ozark-St. Francis National Forest) Arkansas 1,138,966 4,609.23
Routt National Forest (part of Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest) Colorado 1,125,438 4,554.49
San Isabel National Forest Colorado 1,120,241 4,533.45
Pike National Forest Colorado 1,110,648 4,494.63
Bighorn National Forest Wyoming 1,107,572 4,482.18
Lincoln National Forest New Mexico 1,103,828 4,467.03
Medicine Bow National Forest (part of Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest) Wyoming 1,096,890 4,438.96
Siskiyou National Forest (part of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest) Oregon / California 1,094,766 4,430.36
Mount Hood National Forest Oregon 1,070,600 4,332.56
Lassen National Forest California 1,070,344 4,331.53
George Washington National Forest (part of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests) Virginia / West Virginia 1,065,388 4,311.47
Winema National Forest Oregon 1,045,548 4,231.18
Trinity National Forest (part of Shasta-Trinity National Forest) California 1,043,677 4,223.61
Little Missouri National Grassland North Dakota 1,028,128 4,160.69
Six Rivers National Forest California 998,540 4,040.95
Wallowa National Forest (part of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest) Oregon / Idaho 997,063 4,034.97
Ottawa National Forest Michigan 992,078 4,014.80
Caribou National Forest (part of Caribou-Targhee National Forest) Idaho / Wyoming / Utah 987,221 3,995.14
Umpqua National Forest Oregon 983,131 3,978.59
Helena National Forest Montana 982,941 3,977.82
Uncompahgre National Forest Colorado 955,340 3,866.12
Colville National Forest Washington 954,413 3,862.37
Mendocino National Forest California 911,733 3,689.65
Wasatch National Forest (part of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest) Utah / Wyoming 908,731 3,677.50
Monongahela National Forest West Virginia 900,074 3,642.47
Stanislaus National Forest California 898,121 3,634.57
Hiawatha National Forest Michigan 894,716 3,620.79
Uinta National Forest (part of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest) Utah 880,719 3,564.14
Tahoe National Forest California 872,975 3,532.80
Chequamegon National Forest (part of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest) Wisconsin 867,181 3,509.36
St. Joe National Forest (part of Idaho Panhandle National Forest) Idaho 866,511 3,506.65
Ochoco National Forest Oregon 851,095 3,444.26
Sitgreaves National Forest (part of Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest) Arizona 818,749 3,313.36
Roosevelt National Forest Colorado 813,798 3,293.32
White Mountain National Forest New Hampshire / Maine 750,187 3,035.90
Chattahoochee National Forest (part of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest) Georgia 750,061 3,035.39
Coeur d'Alene National Forest (part of Idaho Panhandle National Forest) Idaho 726,362 2,939.48
Arapaho National Forest Colorado 723,668 2,928.58
Jefferson National Forest (part of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests) Virginia / West Virginia / Kentucky 723,350 2,927.29
Cache National Forest (part of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest) Utah / Idaho 701,453 2,838.68
Eldorado National Forest California / Nevada 685,707 2,774.96
San Bernardino National Forest California 676,666 2,738.37
Angeles National Forest California 668,587 2,705.68
Chippewa National Forest Minnesota 666,619 2,697.71
Nicolet National Forest (part of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest) Wisconsin 664,824 2,690.45
Cherokee National Forest Tennessee / North Carolina 649,054 2,626.63
Siuslaw National Forest Oregon 634,204 2,566.53
Rogue River National Forest (part of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest) Oregon / California 628,413 2,543.10
Olympic National Forest Washington 627,695 2,540.19
Kisatchie National Forest Louisiana 603,393 2,441.84
Buffalo Gap National Grassland South Dakota 596,560 2,414.19
Apalachicola National Forest Florida 562,924 2,278.07
Daniel Boone National Forest Kentucky 560,787 2,269.42
Thunder Basin National Grassland Wyoming 547,620 2,216.14
Manistee National Forest (part of Huron-Manistee National Forest) Michigan 540,226 2,186.22
Nantahala National Forest North Carolina 531,148 2,149.48
De Soto National Forest Mississippi 518,587 2,098.65
Allegheny National Forest Pennsylvania 513,185 2,076.79
Pisgah National Forest North Carolina 512,670 2,074.70
Comanche National Grassland Colorado 443,081 1,793.09
Huron National Forest (part of Huron-Manistee National Forest) Michigan 438,538 1,774.70
Cleveland National Forest California 438,079 1,772.84
Green Mountain National Forest Vermont 396,731 1,605.51
Talladega National Forest Alabama 392,567 1,588.66
Ocala National Forest Florida 384,140 1,554.56
Sumter National Forest South Carolina 370,036 1,497.48
Grand Mesa National Forest Colorado 346,555 1,402.46
Shawnee National Forest Illinois 265,610 1,074.89
Francis Marion National Forest South Carolina 258,553 1,046.33
Wayne National Forest Ohio 239,951 971.05
Hoosier National Forest Indiana 202,097 817.86
Pawnee National Grassland Colorado 193,060 781.29
Homochitto National Forest Mississippi 191,842 776.36
William B. Bankhead National Forest Alabama 181,230 733.41
Bienville National Forest Mississippi 178,541 722.53
Osceola National Forest Florida 164,579 666.03
Sam Houston National Forest Texas 163,045 659.82
Sabine National Forest Texas 160,873 651.03
Davy Crockett National Forest Texas 160,647 650.12
Croatan National Forest North Carolina 159,885 647.03
Holly Springs National Forest Mississippi 155,661 629.94
Grand River National Grassland South Dakota 154,783 626.38
Angelina National Forest Texas 153,180 619.90
Nebraska National Forest Nebraska 141,546 572.82
Kiowa National Grassland New Mexico 136,417 552.06
Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest Nebraska 116,079 469.76
Fort Pierre National Grassland South Dakota 115,890 468.99
Oconee National Forest (part of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest) Georgia 115,340 466.76
Crooked River National Grassland Oregon 112,357 454.69
Cimarron National Grassland Kansas 108,175 437.77
Oglala National Grassland Nebraska 94,520 382.51
Rita Blanca National Grassland Texas / Oklahoma 92,989 376.31
Valles Caldera National Preserve New Mexico 89,716 363.07
Conecuh National Forest Alabama 83,858 339.36
Sheyenne National Grassland North Dakota 70,446 285.08
Tombigbee National Forest Mississippi 67,005 271.16
Delta National Forest Mississippi 60,898 246.45
Uwharrie National Forest North Carolina 50,369 203.84
Curlew National Grassland Idaho 47,790 193.40
Black Kettle National Grassland Oklahoma / Texas 31,286 126.61
El Yunque National Forest Puerto Rico 28,002 113.32
St. Francis National Forest (part of Ozark-St. Francis National Forest) Arkansas 21,090 85.35
Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland Texas 20,309 82.19
Butte Valley National Grassland California 18,425 74.56
Caddo National Grassland Texas 17,873 72.33
Finger Lakes National Forest New York 16,228 65.67
Tuskegee National Forest Alabama 11,252 45.54
Cedar River National Grassland North Dakota 6,717 27.18
McClellan Creek National Grassland Texas 1,449 5.86
Choctawhatchee National Forest Florida 743 *See Note 3.01 *See Note

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  1. ^ USFS Table 6 - Acreage by State, Congressional District and County, 30 September 2008