…through the spectacular state and national forests our region has to offer.
Unlike national parks, which focus on preservation of natural areas as well as visitor enjoyment and education, national forests are managed for many purposes — such as timber, grazing, conservation, wildlife and fisheries in addition to recreation. There are 11 national forests in the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountains, and many more state forests. These state forests are also managed for multiple purposes, and some offer recreation opportunities.
When visiting these beautiful spaces, be wary of climbing around waterfalls, and practice Leave No Trace principles, which provide guidance on how to avoid human-created impacts to the natural world. Especially be sure to dispose of waste properly so that each visitor to these public places can experience them in all their splendor.
Over the years, The Appalachian Voice has explored a wide array of the marvelous and wonderful hidden treasures of Appalachia. Visit appvoices.org/hiddentreasures to explore them all.