trekking through Fall Tour forest list

1. Blue Lake & Stevens

Tatoosh Wilderness on the Olympic National Forest in Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
This 2,349 acre Wilderness is one of the smallest wildernesses in the Western United States. Wonder Mountain Wilderness borders the Olympic National Park and is located west of Lake Cushman in Mason County. Terrain is generally rugged and ranges from a low of 1,740 feet in McKay Creek to the summit of Wonder Mountain at 4,758 feet. The lower slopes are heavily timbered with dense stands of Douglas- fir, western hemlock, and Pacific silver fir. Massive rock outcrops and precipitous pinnacles are common in the higher elevations.

2. Deschutes River-Dillon

Dillon Falls on the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon
This area offers a great summer setting for picnicking and viewing Dillon Falls along the Deschutes River.  This site offers access to the Deschutes River Trail as well as a boat ramp into the Deschutes River. There is horse trailer parking with access to the horse trail along the river. There's also a restroom at this site.

3. Monroe Mountain on the Fishlake National Forest.

The Fishlake National Forest in central Utah features majestic stands of aspen encircling open mountain meadows that are lush with a diverse community of forbs and grasses. Fish Lake, from which the forest takes its name, is considered by many to be the gem of Utah. The largest natural mountain lake in the state, it offers trophy fishing and bird watching. The mountains of the Fishlake are a source of water for many of the neighboring communities and agricultural valleys in the region.

4. Karr Canyon Lincoln National Forest.

Lincoln National Forest is a delight for the senses! Gaze upon cacti, smell the spruce at the top of the Sierra Blanca mountains, and feel the cool water on your skin relaxing at Sitting Bull Falls. Lower Karr Canyon Campground has undeveloped campsites scattered above and below the Karr Canyon Picnic Area. Upper Karr Canyon Campground is located off of NM6563 (the Sunspot Scenic By-way) and has a 200 person capacity.

5. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

The Weeks Act was passed by Congress in 1911, appropriating 9 million dollars to purchase 6 million acres of land in the Eastern U.S. In turn, this led to the creation of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) in 1918, and twenty-one other national forests throughout the north and southeast.

6. Bienville National Forest Mississipi  

Bienville National is named for Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. In descending order of land area it lies in parts of Scott, Smith, Jasper, and Newton counties. The Forest lies within the Southeastern mixed forests ecoregion and supports mixed forests of pine and oak.

7. Mount Rogers National Recreation area, George Washington & Jefferson National Forest

Located in southwest Virginia, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area manages approximately 200,000 acres of National Forest land near Mount Rogers.  The area features four Congressionally designated wilderness areas; the Virginia Creeper Trail; the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway which traverses over 50 miles offering views of the National Recreation Area and open rural countryside; the 5000 acre Crest Zone featuring elevations over 4,000 feet, large rock formations, and a mixture of mountain balds and spruce-fir forests; a herd of wild, free-ranging ponies; and the highest elevated road in the state of Virginia leading to the summit of Whitetop Mountain.

8. Boundary Waters Lake, Superior National Forest

Established in 1909, the Superior is known for its boreal forest ecosystem, numerous clean lakes, and a colorful cultural history. The one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the Forest. Management by the USDA-Forest Service, under principles of ecosystem management and multiple use, the Forest provides for a diverse community of plants and animals as well as products for human needs.

9. Boreas Pass, White River National Forest

White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the nation encompassing 2.3 million acres of opportunities. At the start of your tour of Boreas Pass you immediately have spectacular views of the Blue River Valley and the majestic Tenmile Range. The road follows the old South Park and Pacific Railroad bed, climbing on a gradual 3% grade. The road climbs past Bakers Tank to the summit of Boreas Pass at the Continental Divide. The road then continues down the other side of Boreas Pass for another 10.4 miles to the town of Como in Park County. From 1872 to 1938 the road was used as a narrow-gauge railroad and gained fame as the nation’s highest narrow-gauge railroad, running from Como to Breckenridge. This is a great road to view Fall colors.

10. Spearfish Creek, Black Hills National Forest

The Black Hills, in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide. Spearfish Creek is unusual because it freezes from the bottom up instead of icing over due to the very fast rate at which the creek flows. This speed prevents ice from forming except along the bottom of the creek bed and makes year-round fishing possible.

Along with fishing, Spearfish Creek is a peaceful spot for picnicking, bird watching and nature photography, especially in the fall when autumn foliage is in its prime.