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.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said, “In this 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we present this award to underscore the importance of inspiring people to discover and care for our wild lands. Today we honor Cheryl Strayed for her remarkable story and for inspiring new generations to experience wilderness, which forms the backbone of the American spirit.”

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Obama will use his executive authority to create the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, an action that will improve outdoor recreation, safeguard vital water supplies and protect wildlife in the backyard of Los Angeles – the nation’s most populous county.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. The proclamation builds on the approximately 83,000 square-mile national monument initially designated by President George W. Bush in 2009.