Outdoor Inspiration

All of The US National Forests and How to Celebrate Them

Without national forests, the United States would look drastically different. The U.S. National Forest Week celebrates the importance of forests and grasslands from July 13th – July 19th, 2020. Only in its second year, National Forest Week’s theme is “Discover Unforgettable Experiences.” As adventurers, forests provide us with unlimited opportunities to explore the outdoors and return home with “unforgettable experiences.”

Without national forests, backpackers wouldn’t have the Appalachian Trail. Mountain bikers wouldn’t be able to rip through the Colorado Trail. There’d be fewer places to hike, if at all, and what would we do without the 14’er peak-bagging we so fondly look forward to during the summer?

National Forests are important because they help us escape. Especially now, those of us who live close enough to a National Forest can responsibly recreate outdoors and away from crowds, while social distancing. It’s a privilege to be able to explore forests in our neck of the woods and throughout the United States.

The Importance of U.S. National Forest Week

There are 193 million acres of wildlands in America. According to the National Forest Foundation:

  • There are more than 9,000 miles of scenic byways to drive
  • Almost 150,000 miles of trails to hike
  • More than 4,400 miles of wild and scenic rivers to float
  • At least 5,100 campgrounds in which to pitch our tents
  • And 328 natural pools to swim in

Organizations like the National Forest Foundation seek to protect, restore, and enhance these forests and grasslands so future generations can enjoy what Nature has to offer.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, there are 148 million national forest visits every year. That’s about half of the US population. Further, there are about 7.6 million outdoor recreation jobs. The majority of activities are camping, fishing, hunting, motorcycling, off-roading, snow sports, trail sports, water sports, and wheel sports. You probably enjoy one or several of these activities in the outdoors. 

Forests are critical to our survival. From the air we breathe to the wood we use to providing habitats for nearly half of the Earth’s known species and livelihoods for humans, we need forests. There are a multitude of reasons why forests are important.

How to Celebrate National Forests Week

You likely have a favorite forest activity. Here are some more ideas provided by the National Forest Foundation:

U.S. National Forests

Conecuh National Forest

Talladega National Forest

Tuskegee National Forest

William B. Bankhead National Forest

Chugach National Forest

Tongass National Forest

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Coconino National Forest

Coronado National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

Prescott National Forest

Tonto National Forest

Ouachita National Forest

Ozark National Forest

St. Francis National Forest

Angeles National Forest

Cleveland National Forest

Eldorado National Forest

Humboldt-Toiyabe national forest

Inyo National Forest

Klamath National Forest

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Area

Lassen National Forest

Los Padres National Forest

Mendocino National Forest

Modoc National Forest

Plumas National Forest

Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest

San Bernardino National Forest

Sequoia National Forest

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Sierra National Forest

Six Rivers National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

Tahoe National Forest

Arapaho National Forest

Grand Mesa National Forest

Gunnison National Forest

Pike National Forest

Rio Grande National Forest

Roosevelt National Forest

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

San Isabel National Forest

San Juan National Forest

Uncompahgre National Forest

White River National Forest

Apalachicola National Forest

Ocala National Forest

Osceola National Forest

Chattahoochee National Forest

Oconee National Forest

Boise National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Clearwater National Forest

Coeur d’Alene National Forest

Kaniksu National Forest

Nez Perce National Forest

Payette National Forest

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Sawtooth National Forest

St. Joe National Forest

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Shawnee National Forest

Hoosier National Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Kisatchie National Forest

White Mountain National Forest

Hiawatha National Forest

Huron-Manistee National Forest

Ottawa National Forest

Chippewa National Forest

Superior National Forest

Bienville National Forest

Delta National Forest

De Soto National Forest

Holly Springs National Forest

Homochitto National Forest

Tombigbee National Forest

Mark Twain National Forest

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Bitterroot National Forest

Custer National Forest

Flathead National Forest

Gallatin National Forest

Helena National Forest

Kootenai National Forest

Lewis and Clark National Forest

Lolo National Forest

Nebraska National Forest

Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

White Mountain National Forest

Carson National Forest

Cibola National Forest

Gila National Forest

Lincoln National Forest

Santa Fe National Forest

Finger Lakes National Forest

Cherokee National Forest

Croatan National Forest

Nantahala National Forest

Pisgah National Forest

Uwharrie National Forest

Wayne National Forest

Ouachita National Forest

Deschutes National Forest

Fremont-Winema National Forest

Klamath National Forest

Malheur National Forest

Mount Hood National Forest

Ochoco National Forest

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Siuslaw National Forest

Umatilla National Forest

Umpqua National Forest

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Willamette National Forest

Allegheny National Forest

El Yunque National Forest

Francis Marion National Forest

Sumter National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

Custer Gallatin National Forest

Cherokee National Forest

Angelina National Forest

Davy Crockett National Forest

Sabine National Forest

Sam Houston National Forest

Ashley National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Dixie National Forest

Fishlake National Forest

Manti-LaSal National Forest

Sawtooth National Forest

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Green Mountain National Forest

George Washington National Forest

Jefferson National Forest

Colville National Forest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Kaniksu National Forest

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Olympic National Forest

Umatilla National Forest

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Monongahela National Forest

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Ashley National Forest

Bighorn National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

Bridger-Teton National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Medicine Bow–Routt National Forest

Shoshone National Forest

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest