Things to Know About U.S. National Forest Recreation Areas

U.S. National Forest Recreation Areas

U.S. National Forest Recreation Areas are managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service manages 155 National Forests throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico. Many National Forests offer common recreation activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating and cycling in many of their areas. There are others with areas that offer geography and climate specific activities such as snow boarding, cross country skiing, skiing and mountain climbing.


U.S. National Forest Recreation Areas and Activities are the key focus of this blog but the National Forest and the National Forest Service offer many other benefits to the nation as a whole. The Forest Service manages land resources within the forest and maintains them in a way that future generations will be able to enjoy them. They also manage timber sales from within the forest and replanting so the forest are constantly replenishing for future generations.


A study of what the National Forest Service does for our country is very interesting and makes you want to learn about what they do and get outside and enjoy the outdoor recreation areas with activities that are made available through our National Forests.

Because of the great geographic diversity in each of the National Forest you see many different tree species and animal species. Some Forest have large native animals such as Moose, Elk and Bear whereas some have only small animals that are native to the particular area. In most of the larger forest hunting and trapping is allowed within the context of local fish and game laws.

In many cases recreation areas in the National Forest require permits as well as reservations. There are some areas within some parks that allow for all terrain vehicles and some parks do not allow for them. Some Forest have provisions for recreational vehicles and have bathing and restroom facilities and some do not. Because of this it is important that your review the material on the park where you want to go. You should call ahead to the Ranger stations shown in our individual National Forest Links to be sure your visit to the Forest goes as planned.