The U.S. National Forest Campgrounds Guide web pages are loaded with tons of information about some 2,400 developed Forest Service campgrounds but there is more to experience than just the trees. The following articles provided here cover a little of what isn’t said. Most of the articles answer questions asked and fall into broad categories. These articles are intended to make the best of your time in a national forest and grassland memorable, safe, and great.
Please check back on a periodic basis as new articles will be added periodically (to the top of the list).
- camping with children
- Notable Campground
- Skills and knowledge
- Things to do
- Things to experience
- Things to see
- Tips and Tricks
Headline from last winter: Family in their recreational vehicle rescued from Oregon’s snow-covered wilderness There are lessons to be learned. Lesson 1 – Check the weather forecast. Storms can surprise even the most experienced. A weather radio is essential to any traveler. I remember enjoying a delightful stay at Gooseberry Lake Campground in Fishlake National Read More >>
Watching elk bed down for the night in an open field, a deer leaping gracefully over a downed tree or bears next to the road munching dandelions. These are some of the memorable wildlife encounters found in a national forest. Little wonder wildlife viewing is one of the top reason folks visit national forests and Read More >>
One of the best things about our U.S. National Forest Campground Guide effort is discovering special little places like Bonito campground in the Coconino National Forest (AZ). Located in the shadows of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the San Francisco Mountain range, 12 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, Bonito is both a great overnight Read More >>
A great thing about our work is meeting so many great people and being exposed to their special interests. Years ago we met a man who enjoyed wood-carving. A favorite medium for him was the nuts of hickory trees. Through him we have learned more about hickory trees. Did you know hickory trees once grow Read More >>
The Samoa Cookhouse, at 908 Vance Avenue, Samoa (CA), is the last surviving cookhouse in the West. It continues to serve well-cooked “all-you-can-eat” food in the family or, as they called it “lumber camp,” style. Check the little museum and dining room walls for culinary items from the past and historical mementos from the area’s Read More >>
Our “around-town” car is a little Ford Fiesta. Fred loves it but often complains about the lack of “zip” when going up a steep stretch of highway. It’s about a 1100 foot climb from the start (at approximately 5000-ft) of our climb to the top of Mule Pass, around 6,100 ft. I just learned there Read More >>
Dogs are always welcomed in national forests but not always in restaurants. We found one exception to this at the Mount Charleston Lodge’s outdoor patio cafe in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in Toiyabe National Forest northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. They even presented Ralf with is one menu which included favorites like carrot Read More >>
The Holly Springs National Forest, in Mississippi, is only 154,654 acre but has 33 lakes ranging in size from 260 to 2 surface acres. Fourteen of these lakes have “improved” fish habitat. Chewalla and Puskus lakes are two of the larger lakes and most developed with boat ramps and campgrounds by the same names.
If I said, “Let’s go camping near Las Vegas, NV” would you in-vision this? Probably not. Most of us think Nevada is all dry, dusty, flat desert but this isn’t always the case. There are some amazing lush riparian areas like the one in this photograph. The campground is call Fletcher View and it is Read More >>
Wildfire continue to destroy wide swaths of national forests and grasslands. The black stumps and scorch earth left by wildfires are reminders we should always follow basic wildfire safety when in the forest or on a grassland. Here are some of those basics: Scrape dead grass and other flammable materials away from campfire sites. Keep Read More >>