Before You Go


Though nature is free, protecting and maintaining our forests and recreation areas is not. Most National Forests are
free to enter, and all National Forests have free recreation opportunities. In fact, access to 98% of our National Forest
lands is free. Some specific sites charge a small fee, but don’t worry; the forests and grasslands are for everyone, and
you’ll find that fees are typically nominal.

The best way to know if a fee is charged at the location you have chosen is to call the Forest Supervisor’s office of the
National Forest you are planning to visit and ask for the Recreation Fee Coordinator. They can answer any questions you have.

To find the correct phone number, visit the US Forest Service homepage ( and choose the National Forest you want to
visit from the dropdown menu. On the Forest’s main page, you will find the phone number for the Supervisor’s Office and Forest Districts,
any updated safety alerts that you should be aware of, and you can navigate to the specific recreation area you are planning on visiting.

Maps and fee information for camping and other activities should be available on the specific recreation area or site webpage. If you are looking for an overnight campsite, is the best way to find information about it. Search for the name of the place you want to go, and you can look at maps, reserve a spot, and pay for your reservation all in one place.

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