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Welcome to the National Forest Foundation blog. Explore the various articles to learn more about our forests and places to play.

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Hiking and Backpacking

Exploring a Classic Backpacking Route in the Sipsey Wilderness

The first time I hiked in the Sipsey Wilderness I felt like I’d wandered into some strange oasis. With deep canyons, high waterfalls, and forests of hemlocks and mountain laurel, the Sipsey seems out of place in north Alabama. It’s as if, by some miracle, a 25,000-acre chunk of North Georgia was transported 190 miles to the West.

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The 10 Best Hikes in Asheville

You're holed up at a coffee shop in downtown Asheville, sipping an espresso and pouring over a stack of trail guides. What would you like to do today—summit the East coast's highest peak, or explore the East Coast's deepest canyon? Scramble up the chutes and ladders of Grandfather Mountain, or weave gently through a verdant valley to reach a 70 foot waterfall?

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The 5 Best Campsites in Francis Marion National Forest

Within Francis Marion National Forest's boundaries there are over 40 miles of cycling trails, innumerable paddling and canoeing routes, lots of Spanish moss, and the Awendaw Passage. There are also plenty of campsites for a wilderness immersion experience. Read on for the five best campsites in Francis Marion National Forest. These offer a top-notch visitor experience, plus they're just damn fun places to camp.

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Four Tips For Choosing A Hiking Partner

Going for a hike is a great way to enjoy our National Forests, and enjoying a hike alongside a great hiking partner can make trip even better. So what should you look for when choosing a hiking partner?

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Winter Tracking Resources

What better time to witness animal tracking than in a fresh coat of snow? This winter, consider introducing your kids to tracking in the woods.

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Backcountry Cooking: Beyond the Freeze-dried

Cooking in the backcountry doesn’t have to mean pre-packaged freeze-dried meals full of sodium and preservatives. I have camped for years protesting the often, not so enjoyable prepackaged “backpacking meals.” Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for these quick and weight saving meals-in-a-pouch, but it doesn’t have to be your go to.

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Nine National Forests To Visit If You Want To Climb A Mountain

My favorite way to see a National Forest is from the top of a mountain. My husband and I spend as much time as we can in the mountains, which I credit to our big appetite for long days, sore legs, and views from the top. Often times people will ask how we figure out where to hike, or what to climb. After all, to reach the top of a mountain you often have to follow a remote trail – if there is even a trail to follow!

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Eight of My Favorite Wilderness Areas in California

Travel in California and you will experience diverse Wilderness areas spanning coast to alpine and desert to montane. There are 149 wilderness areas in California ranging in size from six acres to 3.1 million. They cover nearly 15 million acres—roughly 15 percent of the state.

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Ten Springtime Outdoor Safety Tips

That first warm and sunny day of the spring practically begs us to run outside and hit the trail again. As everything turns green and wildflowers shout their colors, spring can be one of the most exciting times to explore our National Forests.

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