Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”
Lake Vesuvius, Wayne National Forest
Lake Vesuvius is a tranquil 143-acre lake that draws bird watchers, anglers and hikers and, ironically, named after the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace that once overpowered the area with sounds of hundreds of men working the hot-blast furnace to produce some of the finest iron in the region.
Take a trip along the southern section of the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway to the summit of the McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242) and you will find the Dee Wright Observatory settled atop vast, black lava flows. On the Cascade Range at 5,187 feet, this mountain observatory offers panoramic views of the Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.
Sit on a quiet bench overlooking Dyar Pasture Recreation Area and you might just feel invisible, less like an intruder and more a part of this 60-acre freshwater wetland less than 60 miles from Atlanta. Witness an amazing display of birds and wildlife engaged in their natural rituals in this peaceful, middle-Georgia wetland.
Cottonwood Cabin is in central Washington's Entiat Valley, on the banks of the Entiat River four miles above Entiat Falls, in a mature lodgepole pine and spruce forest at an elevation of 3,000 feet.
Steeped in history
The cabin was constructed in the 1940s as an administrative site to house fire, trail and campground crew personnel. The facility also includes a barn and corral where the district kept stock during a portion of the season for use by the trail crew and fire lookouts.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area – South Jetty Area
Formed by the ancient forces of wind, water and time, these dunes are like no others in the world. This is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and part of the Siuslaw National Forest. Visitors enjoy thick “tree islands,” open dunes, marsh-like deflation plains and beaches. It’s an area of adventure, education, solitude or relaxation.