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.

  • The Wilderness Society 2015 Annual Report

  • For this report, The Wilderness Society reviewed data from more than 16,000 parcels auctioned off by the state. The analysis details more than a century of land sales that have privatized and closed off an amount of once-accessible lands nearly the size of the entire Sawtooth National Forest. Parcels often end up in the hands of some of Idaho’s biggest industries, while others have been turned into gravel pits, strip malls and even exclusive private fishing retreats and lakeshore hideaways for those wealthy enough to buy them.

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