Experience the Northern Forest

Every fall, leaf peepers visit the Northern Forest to see autumn painted across rolling lands.

During other seasons, many outstanding recreation activities exist, from kayaking on loon lakes, cross-country skiing through the woods or hiking the northern-most portion of the Appalachian trail. The choices are yours to make. 

What to do

Whether your thing is camping, hiking, canoeing or wildlife watching, check out all the options for exploring the Northern Forest, along with helpful links for all your adventuring needs.

Where to go

Learn the best places for all your outdoor recreation in the Northern Forest.  

When to go

Learn the perfect time for the freshest maple syrup, the brightest leaves or the greatest chance for solitude. We’ll help you plan your Northern Forest adventure for the right time of year.

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  • A new multi-state plan for the greater sage-grouse could include conservation measures to protect more than 50 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land that provides critical habitat for the species. Secretary Sally Jewell announced the plan on May 28 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

  • Infographic: The Land and Water Conservation Fund

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was signed into law in 1964, is a visionary idea that has helped protect millions of acres of land.