Which state has the most national forest?

Which state has the most national forest?


Can I live in the forest for free?

Did you know that there are free accommodations available to anyone in the US 365 days a year, nearly everywhere? You bet, they're called National Forests, and nearly every one of them has free camping.

What's the difference between a national park and a national forest?

Perhaps the greatest difference between the two is the multiple use mandate for National Forests. While National Parks are highly vested in preservation, barely altering the existing state, National Forests are managed for many purposes—timber, recreation, grazing, wildlife, fish and more.

Can national forests be logged?

Logging, mining, drilling, and pipeline construction are not allowed in national parks. However, national forests permit all of those things. National forests allow private companies to cut down trees, mine for coal, drill for oil and gas, and bulldoze pipeline routes.

Who is responsible for national forest management?

The National Historic Preservation Act requires the Forest Service to identify, investigate, and protect cultural resources on lands it manages. The U.S. Forest Service also manages all of the United States national grasslands and nearly 50% of the United States national recreation areas.

Can I camp on national forest land?

Free camping, or dispersed camping, is allowed in all national forests, unless noted otherwise. You can find places to camp on the side of main roads, or follow forest access roads (often gravel or dirt) to more remote sites. ... The general rule is to camp 100-200 feet away from any road, trail, or water source.

What does Boondocking mean?

Boondocking, to us, is the opportunity to camp off-the-grid, far from the services and amenities that can be found at RV parks or developed campgrounds. It's a quieter way of camping, one that often lands us in beautiful destinations for days or weeks at a time.

Can you walk anywhere in a national park?

Most national parks allow for “backcountry camping”, which is the same as “dispersed camping” or “boondocking“, but they allow it only in specific areas. If you plan to camp in such an area, the National Park will let you camp wherever you want.

Can you go off trail in national forests?

You can go anywhere you want to in National Forests. I've been on ranger-led hikes in Glacier where the ranger has taken us off trail. ... Wilderness areas allow off-trail hiking. I'd look into those specifically if you want to go off trail.