National Forest Foundation

National Forests in the Movies

The National Forest System

scroll

You may have seen National Forests all over country without even knowing it. For the last seventy years, National Forests have served as prime filming locations for some of Hollywood’s biggest films. As we head into the holiday weekend and the shortest days of the year, it’s a great time to grab some popcorn, curl up on the couch, and catch a glimpse of these famous forests:

  • Pisgah National Forest of Western North Carolina can be seen in The Last of the Mohicans as well as the upcoming adaption of Suzanne Collins bestselling novel The Hunger Games
  • In Northwestern Montana, the Kootenai National Forest served as the backdrop for the 1989 film Always by Steven Spielburg starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman and Audrey Hepburn. The river running thriller The River Wild with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon was also filmed on the Kootenai National Forest.
  • Homeward Bound, Disney’s family film about the journey of three beloved pets, was filmed throughout four National Forests in Oregon: Deschutes National Forest, Mount Hood National Forest, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Willamette National Forest.
  • Fifty years after its original release, the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe was filmed on the Santa Fe National Forest in Northern New Mexico.
  • From 1972, the movie Deliverance was filmed in Southern Appalachia in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.
  • How the West was Won, a 1962 classic featuring an all-star cast of Gregory Peck, John Wayne, James Stewart and Debbie Reynolds was filmed across the West, including the Inyo National Forest in California and the Uncompahgre National Forest in Colorado.
  • Starring the comedic trio of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short,Three Amigos featured the Coronado National Forest of southern Arizona.

Coronado NF, New Mexico

  • The Academy Award winning film Dances With Wolves, which Kevin Costner both directed and starred in, was filmed at the Black Hills National Forest in southwestern South Dakota.
  • Robert Redford’s A River Runs through It was filmed on the Gallatin National Forest in southern Montana. On some rafting trips on the Gallatin River, guides point out particular points of interest from the film.

Do you know of any other films that feature a National Forest? We’d love to hear about them on our Facebook page.


Related Posts

Eight Stunning Fall Drives through a National Forest

Nature is putting on her last hurrah for the year. As deciduous trees across the country change color, now is the perfect time to explore your National Forests. Bundle up for a brisk hike or bike ride or simply sit back and enjoy a drive through some of America’s fall color show.

Read more

K.D. Swan Photos Capture Early National Forests

K.D. Swann, introduced Americans to public lands in the West. The U.S. Forest Service hired Swan in 1911 as a forest assistant in Missoula, Montana. With his interest in forest management and ability for storytelling through photography, Swan captured 300,000 images he captured during his 36 years with the Forest Service.

Read more

A National Forest and A National Park in California: It’s All Dry

My family spent some time last week on the Sierra National Forest and in Yosemite National Park. Leading up to the trip, I had read about the multi-year drought in California and how the snow this past winter in the Sierra amounted to only six percent of the average. I knew things were going to be pretty dry. But it wasn’t until I put boot on ground that it really hit me.

Read more

Names of our National Forests

Malheaur? Chattahoochee? Monongahela? Our nation’s National Forests have some of the most unusual names around. In this post we’ll take a look at the history of a few of them.

Read more

Share this post on social media

Comments