National Forest Foundation

Our Forests

National Forests and Grasslands provide Americans with 193-million spectacular acres of wildlands.

  • 9,126 miles of scenic byways to drive
  • 148,295 miles of trails to hike
  • 4,418 miles of wild and scenic rivers to float
  • 5,107 campgrounds in which to pitch our tents
  • 1,200 boating sites
  • And 328 natural pools to swim in

All this and the chance to see elk and bear, ducks and deer, trout and trees, thousands of species of plants, and billions of stars in a midnight sky.

Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, our National Forests host 170 million visits every year. Visitor spending pumps $13.5 billion into our economy annually, sustaining nearly 223,000 jobs in gateway communities.

These lands are the foundation of America’s outdoor recreation heritage and sustain our way of life. They provide water to 123 million Americans in 3,400 communities, clean our air, store carbon, and provide timber, minerals, oil and gas and other resources for industry and communities.

Without these lands, America would be a very different place. Help the NFF ensure these lands stay healthy and vibrant for generations to come. Support our work. Join our tree-mail® list. Take a kid camping. Volunteer with a local group. Friend us on Facebook. Hike a new trail.