National Forests in North Carolina


 The National Forests in North Carolina include the Nantahala National Forest and the Pisgah National Forest in the mountains, the Uwharrie National Forest in the Piedmont and the Croatan National Forest on the coast.  Each forest provides unique and diverse recreation opportunities.To find areas associated with specific activities, click on the activity of interest in the left hand column. For more information on specific areas, navigate through the 'Areas and Activities' column on the right.Camping and Day-use Information:Nantahala National Forest Camping and Day-Use GuidePisgah National Forest Camping and Day-Use Guide(NEW) Uwharrie National Forest Camping and Day-Use GuideCroatan National Forest Recreation GuideSome areas have free admission on certain days.Recreation MapsGet the latest maps of the Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah and Uwharrie national forests.Be SafeThe national forests in North Carolina offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From the mountains to the sea, there are many exciting adventures awaiting your visit to these national forests. Please keep in mind that all outdoor recreational activities on the Croatan, Pisgah, Nantahala and Uwharrie national forests, including activities at recreation sites, have inherent risks due to the natural setting in which they occur. We strongly encourage you to visit our regional Outdoor Safety in the South website before planning your trip. This site provides valuable information on weather safety, wildlife safety and much more. Always remember, your safety is your responsibility.





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