Each National Forest Has Its Peculiar Attractions and Value
Thus far consideration has been given only to the Eastern Region as a whole, but it is necessary to understand each of the national forests in order to understand the region. Each national forest, though much like its sister forests in organization, fundamental purposes, and service, has its peculiar points of interest, its own high lights of scenic beauty, its own service to the public, particularly to the people living within its immediate zone of influence. The map in the back of this publication shows the location of these individual forests. A map and descriptive literature of any one or all of these forests may be obtained from the forest supervisor in charge, the local forest ranger, or the regional forester, Washington, D. C.
Consult the following directory in connection with the map to get in touch with the nearest forest officer.
WHITE MOUNTAIN FOREST.—In the heart of New England's vacation land. The scenic appeal of this region and its invigorating climate afford the recreationist a wide range of outdoor interest and enjoyment.
Area: 534,736 acres in New Hampshire and Maine.
Headquarters: Laconia, N. H.
ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST.—On the Roosevelt Trail midway between New York and Chicago. Within this forest are many beautiful and interesting places, among which is the justly renowned "Heart's Content," composed of 120 acres of fine virgin pine and hemlock. There are good fishing streams and deer, bear, and small game are abundant.
Area: 371,201 acres in Pennsylvania.
Headquarters: Warren, Pa.
MONONGAHELA NATIONAL FOREST.—On the crest of the Allegheny Mountains, offering with its rugged beauty the refreshing coolness of high mountain country. Delightful camping places and excellent trails are found. Many streams afford good fishing. The "smoke holes" in the forest is an isolated fairyland, with its fantastic rock formations and mysterious caves.
Area: 274,840 acres in Virginia and West Virginia.
Headquarters: Elkins, W. Va.
GEORGE WASHINGTON NATIONAL FOREST (formerly the Shenandoah National Forest).— Flanking the historic Shenandoah Valley for 75 miles on the east and the west. Enchanting mountain and pastoral scenery are found here and the extensive forest road and trail systems lead into regions replete with outdoor attractions.
Area: 452,418 acres in Virginia and West Virginia.
Headquarters: Harrisonburg, Va.
NATURAL BRIDGE NATIONAL FOREST.—A magnificent area of wild, unbroken mountain forest land which offers every facility and opportunity for an ideal vacation whether one's idea of a vacation is a quiet nap in the shade of the whispering trees or the thrilling exertion of a bear hunt. Peaks of Otter in the southern end of the forest are justly far-famed: good fishing and public camp grounds are additional attractions.
Area: 168,794 acres in Virginia.
Headquarters: Lynchburg, Va.
UNAKA NATIONAL FOREST.—A picturesque region of fertile valleys and towering hills at the meeting place of three States—Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Every resource of this forest is for wise use and public enjoyment.
Area: 209,507 acres in Virginia and Tennessee.
Headquarters: Bristol, Tenn.
CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST.—In the land of the Cherokees—a land of wonderful streams and beautiful trees. Three hundred miles of roads and trails lead to the crest of the mountains. Its timber, water, wild life, scenic, and recreational resources are administered for public use and enjoyment.
Area: 417,068 acres in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Headquarters: Athens, Tenn.
PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST.—In the land of the sky. Each year there is an eager response to the call of its cool green mountains, deep refreshing coves, sparkling streams, and winding trails, and in spite of its closeness to centers of population the region produces a delightful illusion of remoteness.
Area: 317,445 acres in North Carolina.
Headquarters: Asheville, N. C.
NANTAHALA NATIONAL FOREST.—In the beautiful Nantahala Mountains; gateway to the Appalachians from the South and East. The forest interiors, panoramas of great sweep from high places, and vistas from roads and trails, give infinite variety. Camp sites are provided, and there is good fishing.
Area: 348,459 acres in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Headquarters: Franklin, N. C.
ALABAMA NATIONAL FOREST.—A meeting place of the trees from the North and the trees of the South where they fraternize and grow with surprising vigor. Good roads open up many areas of natural charm. The region is rich in Indian history; arrowheads and spear points can still be found and scattered through Lawrence County are Indian mounds.
Area: 134,535 acres in Alabama.
Headquarters: Athens, Tenn.
CHOCTAWHATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST.—On Santa Rosa Sound and the Great Choctawhatchee Bay. Traversed by Florida's new Gulf Coast Highway, its piney woods, crystal clear streams, and salt-water bayous provide good hunting, fishing, and bathing.
Area: 252,531 acres in Florida.
Headquarters: Pensacola, Fla.
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST.—On the Ocala-Daytona Highway in the "lake region" of Florida. The region is noted for its bass fishing and deer hunting. A large Federal refuge assures protection and perpetuation of game.
Area: 184,503 acres in Florida.
Headquarters: Lake City, Fla.
OUACHITA NATIONAL FOREST.—In the shortleaf pine country. It includes most of the Ouachita Mountain region to which the people of Arkansas and near-by States go for summer vacations. It is a land of noble hills, high and cool when the lowlands swelter. It has pure and plentiful water; shady woods in splendid variety; and its highways and byways lead to numerous points of interest.
Area: 905,626 acres in Arkansas.
Headquarters: Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
OZARK NATIONAL FOREST.—The land of the white oak. The name Ozark is famous both in song and story and is associated with a mountain wonderland. The dwellers in the shadow of the Ozark Mountains are proud of the natural beauty of the rugged skyline. Four national game refuges afford safe breeding grounds for wild life; roads and trails, built and maintained by the Forest Service, reach all parts of the forest.
Area: 444,783 acres in Arkansas.
Headquarters: Russellville, Ark.
KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST.—In north-central Louisiana in a country representing optimum conditions for the growth of longleaf pine. Established to determine and demonstrate growth methods for handling this species primarily for timber production and also for naval stores.
Area: 85,850 acres in Louisiana.
Headquarters: Alexandria, La.
OSCEOLA NATIONAL FOREST.—At the North-South, East-West crossroads. Established to determine and demonstrate correct methods of timber and turpentine management. The home of the Forest Service Naval Stores Experiment Station and of the turpentine laboratory of the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils.
Area: 147,761 acres in Florida.
Headquarters: Lake City, Fla.