The Complete List of All National Forests in the U.S. (and the Ones I’ve Visited)

View this complete list of 154 national forests with links to more information and stories from my adventures.

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Jason Barnette

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July 12, 2020

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COVID-19 has changed the world. The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit areas of the global pandemic. Local restaurants, museums, state and national parks have all changed hours of operation, procedures, and some have gone out of business altogether.

Please verify current operations of any places you want to visit mentioned in these articles, and contact me if a business has permanently closed so I can update the article. Thank you and stay safe out there!

Did you know nearly 170 million people visit the 154 national forests every year? I’ve always had national forests on my mind, especially since I grew up in Jefferson National Forest, but it wasn’t until recently I really started to learn about this national treasure. I decided the best way was to make a list of all the national forests in the U.S.

In 1891, Shoshone National Forest was established as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve, making it the first national forest in the country. Almost two decades later in 1905, the United States Forest Service was created to manage these national forests.

Today, 154 national forests 40 states and Puerto Rico offer thousands of miles of hiking trails, scenic byways, and campgrounds. Use this list to find a national forest near you, click to visit the USFS website, or read stories of my adventures.

 

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National Forests

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Puerto Rico

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