Modoc National Forest
The Modoc National Forest is a land of contrasts and unspoiled vacation-hideaway settings nestled in the extreme northeastern corner of California.
Nestled in the extreme northeastern corner of California, the Modoc is mountains, pine forests and meadows, lakes, streams, rugged canyons, wetlands, lava beds and high desert plateaus. The forest offers beautiful scenery, varied terrain, abundant wildlife and a memorable visitor experience.
The forest is named for the county in which the greater part of the forest is situated. The county, in turn, is named after the Indian tribe, the Modocs, who fought at the lava beds from 1872-1873. The lava beds are a national monument located within the boundaries of the forest.
Cross country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing are enjoyed in many areas of the forest during winter.
The Modoc National Forest offers over one and a half million acres for your enjoyment, relaxation, and exploration. Within a seven-hour drive from the Bay Area, you can experience the solitude of the wilderness or enjoy camping near others in developed campgrounds. Camp in densely forested woodlands or open meadows, discover secluded flats along river banks and enjoy panoramic views of majestic mountains.
Other exciting activities include fishing, hiking, scenic driving, hunting and mountain biking.