Visit Destinations

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.”

Rec Area Description Status
Black Dragon Trailhead

The Black Dragon Trailhead marks the entrance to the Black Dragon Trail which is 1.8 miles long.  This trail provides a connection between the Ferron Canyon Picnic Area, which is adjacent to Forest Road 0022, and Forest Road 0170, which is south of Joes Valley.  The trailhead is at ~6480' elevation.

Black Gulch South Dispersed Camping

Black Gulch South is a dispersed camping or day use site on the Lower Kern River. There are vault toilets available and seasonal trash bins.

Restrictions - No Camping or Campfires are allowed within 25 feet of the water’s edge

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Blanchard Springs Caverns is one of the most spectacular and carefully developed caves found anywhere.  Visitors enter a "living" cave where glistening formations like stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and flowstones are still changing.  These crystalline formations are the result of minerals deposited by dripping water.  Forest Service interpreters guide all tours. For more information about this natural wonder, check out the Blanchard Springs Caverns website.

Blixt #508.1A

The Blixt Trail #508.1A follows an old mining road, starting in the Ophir Valley on Forest System Road #630 and climbs steeply to Bridal Veil Basin. From FSR 630, the trail climbs above tree line past remnants of historic mining to a high saddle locally known as Oscar’s Pass. This trail then intersects the Wasatch Trail #508 and the Bridal Veil Trail #636.

Bloomer Falls River Access

This river access consists of a short road to a small turn around where a foot trail will lead you to across the rocks to Bloomer Falls. Here the river cuts through bedrock creating a Class IV rapid.

Blue Hole River Access

This river access is a short foot trail down to a sandy beach and very deep swimming hole. This is a good access for tubing on the Salmon River.

Bluff Creek River Access

This access consists of a maintained foot trail leading down to the confluence of Bluff Creek and the Klamath River. A very popular spot for Salmon and Steelhead anglers. Trail length is .2 miles.

Boulder Creek Horse Camp

Boulder Creek Horse Camp is located adjacent to Sam Billings Campground.  The campground has 4 campsites which include fire rings, picnic tables, gravel tent sites and trailer parking.  An additional 5th site is for group use and includes a fire ring and 16' table.  There are two highlines and two hitching posts.  Stock water is available at the creek located within 300 yards of the camp area.  No garbage service so please pack it in / pack it out.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Great glaciers carved the physical features of what is today known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by scraping and gouging rock.

The glaciers left behind rugged cliffs and crags, canyons, gentle hills, towering rock formations, rocky shores, sandy beaches and several thousand lakes and streams, interspersed with islands and surrounded by forest. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. More than 1 million acres, it extends nearly 150 miles along the international boundary adjacent to Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park and is bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park.

The area contains more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and more than 2,000 designated campsites. Wilderness offers freedom to those who wish to pursue an experience of expansive solitude, challenge and personal integration with nature. Because this area was set aside in 1926 to preserve its primitive character and made a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964, it allows visitors to canoe, portage and camp in the spirit of the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago.

Brannons Bar River Access

This access consists of a gravel road down to the Salmon River. A very popular take-out for the Butler and Nordheimer runs and is a popular spot for summertime swimming.