Memorial Weekend Marks Start Of Forest Recreation Season

With the Memorial Day weekend around the corner, National Forests are gearing up for the start to the traditional Northwest recreation season.

A wide range of activities awaits in Oregon and Washington’s 16 national forests, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Crooked River National Grassland:  Camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, caving, bird watching and simply driving for pleasure to name a few. Summer is a great time in the Northwest to get outdoors and explore the forest you haven’t quite made it to yet.

Each forest has different recreational opportunities and restrictions: Check out what’s available at

Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

On the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, there are 40 campgrounds, 102 trailheads, 9 horse camps, 17 picnic and boating areas, and many other undeveloped attractions awaiting you. Unlike some public lands, you can camp nearly anywhere in your national forests – just leave your site cleaner than you found it.

In addition to the traditional campgrounds and trailheads, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest also has Johnston Ridge Observatory on Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument for you to explore.

Some campgrounds require reservations – – and some trails require a pass to help us keep them maintained – Passes and Permits in Your Northwest Forests   But all 24 million acres of National Forest lands in the Northwest belong to you and beckon for you to come visit.

Good news:  There are three fee-free days and a fee-free weekend left this year, two coming up in June:

For more information about having fun on your national forests, call the forest you intend to visit Your Northwest National Forests  For information on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest visit: Gifford Pinchot National Forest.


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