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Top National Forests For Camping

We love spending quality time in nature, sharing family traditions and telling stories that mean something. If you’ve never camped at any of these forests, they’re great places to start a new family tradition. These national forest campgrounds are the best places to camp and enjoy nature, offering the chance to slow down, camp out, and soak up some of the country’s most stunning wildlands.

Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

The Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast and offers some of the best national forest camping in the U.S. "Nantahala" is a Cherokee word meaning "land of the noonday sun." Highlights include the Cradle of Forestry, the Chattooga River, Roan Mountain, and several scenic byways. There’s no shortage of things to do, from exciting whitewater rafting to hiking, biking or riding horses along Nantahala’s more than 600 miles of trail.

Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois is one of the most beautiful nature sites in all of the Midwest. Shawnee boasts mild weather for most of the year, and the forest’s landscape features lakes, bluffs, open lands and rolling hills. Shawnee is a great place to spend time with family camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding and hunting.

Finger Lakes National Forest, New York

Finger Lakes National Forest, along with its sister forest, Green Mountain, span over 416,000 acres of land in New York State and Southern Vermont. Finger Lakes is great for camping, cycling, hiking and hunting. Some of the highlights include wheelchair accessible Thundering Falls, White Rocks Cliffs Trail, Little Rock Pond Trail and Stratton Mountain Trail.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin

Take a map with you, because Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers over 1.5 million acres of the Northwoods in Wisconsin. Some of the special places here include Blackjack Springs Wilderness, Headwaters Wilderness and Anvil National Recreational Trail. The wilderness areas are especially suited for nature study, fishing, hunting, canoeing and hiking

Now that you’ve seen some the country’s most beautiful national forests, you’re almost ready to hit the road and set up camp. Check out Carhartt’s collection of camping gear and clothing before your trip to make sure you’ve got everything you need to fight the elements.

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