Forest Highway

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Forest Highway System
Forest Highway 3 markerForest Highway 33 markerPuerto Rican Forest Highway 191 marker
Highway markers for Forest Highways 3, 33, and Puerto Rican Forest Highway 191
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Highway names
Forest HighwayForest Highway nn
Federal Forest Highway nn (FFH nn)
Forest Route nn

Forest Highways or Forest Routes are a category of roads within United States National Forests. They are built to connect the national forests to the existing state highway systems, and to provide improved access to recreational and logging areas.


The federal statues define the term Forest Highway as "a forest road under the jurisdiction of, and maintained by, a public authority and open to public travel."[2] Forest highways are designated by the United States Forest Service and funded by the federal government, but are generally owned and maintained by the states or counties in which they are located. The forest highway system comprises approximately 29,000 miles (47,000 km) of roads.[3] Forest highways are usually marked with markers in the shape of an isosceles trapezoid, wider at the top and narrower at the base. The shields are brown with a white border and divided by a horizontal white line. In the majority of the space (above the line), the number of the route appears in white Highway Gothic numbers, while in the smaller space below the line is written "National Forest" in the cursive Forest Service logotype used to write "National Forest" on national forest gateway signs. To qualify for inclusion in the system, a roadway must "be wholly or partially within, or adjacent to, and serving the National Forest System" among other criteria.[4]


In the 1920s, forest highway was a class of federal aid, and could be used outside forests, as long as the projects improved access to the forests.[5]


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  1. ^ Office of Federal Lands Highway (December 18, 2009). "Forest Highways". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  2. ^ 23 U.S.C. § 101(a)(9)
  3. ^ Western Federal Lands Highway Division (September 7, 2011). "Forest Highways". Federal Highway Administration Office of Federal Lands Highway. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Western Federal Lands Highway Division (September 7, 2011). "Forest Highway Designation". Federal Highway Administration Office of Federal Lands Highway. Archived from the original on February 26, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Utah to Build Forest Roads". Millard County Progress. July 11, 1924. p. 4. Archived from the original on December 15, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2010.

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