Often overshadowed by its better-known sibling, the National Park System, the best national forests in the U.S. offer some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the country.
As overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest System helps preserve hundreds of millions of acres; the Forest Reserve Act of 1891 was signed into law in reaction to years of logging that devastated the nation’s once vast eastern forests. Today, America has more than 150 National Forests, and we’re here to help you determine which ones to prioritize next time you head out on an amazing road trip or looking for solitude on a solo trip.
From giant redwoods in California to the vast lake network in Minnesota, these pristine stretches of wilderness—most of them containing millions of acres—draw visitors with first-class hiking, biking, camping and canoeing, while also protecting and housing thousands of endangered species such as hawks, wolves and raptors. These swaths of land are protectors of wildlife, landscapes and communities that have been around far longer than the U.S. itself. So next time you think about travelling, we recommend you experience everything the U.S. has to offer, including these gorgeous national forests.
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