The National Forests of the United States of America include millions of acres of Forest which are set aside for the enjoyment and benefit of all Americans. These lands are managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USFS is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has an annual operating budget of approximately $5 Billion.
Each National Forest is divided into numerous Ranger Districts, each of which is responsible for managing their own area of forest. Many National Forests also include Wilderness areas which are set aside to keep especially wild for many years to come. Wilderness areas are kept pristine through use restrictions which are intended to minimize the impact of human activities on the forest. For example, use of mechanized equipment, such as vehicles and tools, is not allowed in an effort to keep the land “untrammeled by man”.
Found below are links to detailed information about each of the 155 individual forests which make up the National Forest System. Information available for each forest includes various original and public maps of the forests, contact information, lists of campgrounds, information on hiking trails, and hyperlinks to other relevant websites. The pages for each forest are intended to collect relevant information for each forest in a single location, to allow for quick access and review by all.
|Allegheny National Forest||Grand Mesa||Rio Grande|
|Angeles||Green Mountain||Rogue River|
|Apache National Forest||Helena||Routt|
|Chattahoochee||Lake Tahoe Basin||Sitgreaves|
|Cherokee||Lewis & Clark||Six Rivers|
|Chugach||Los Padres||St. Joe|
|Coeur d'Alene||Medicine Bow||Talladega|
|De Soto||Nez Perce||Tuskegee|
|Francis Marion||Ozark||White Mountain|
|George Washington||Pisgah||William B. Bankhead|
Updated: November 2014