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.”
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.
On Sept. 21, 2012, President Barack Obama designated the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area as America’s 103rd national monument—the seventh to be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Covering 4,726 acres of the San Juan National Forest between Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colo., the Chimney Rock National Monument is a significant archaeological, cultural, geological and biological site.
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.
Nestled in a narrow, twisting, rocky river gorge, the Ocoee Whitewater Center on the Cherokee National Forest offers something for everyone. Chose to relax in a rocking chair, hike, stroll the walkways, picnic, watch whitewater rafters drift by, learn about history and nature, play in the water, or test your mountain biking skills.
The Ohio River was the interstate of our forefathers, providing a pathway to the western frontier. Today, lock and dam systems along the river create a series of lakes. During the summer there is very little current and the river is maintained at a constant level. At nearby Derby, Indiana this majestic river is approximately a quarter mile wide with a channel 50 feet deep.