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National Forests & Reserves

Vast areas of the country are administered by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies. These national forests and reserves offer extensive hiking opportunities that explore a diverse range of landscapes, including desert areas, sequoia groves, and coastal wetlands.

Hidden California Coast Hikes
Discover some of the best hiking on the California coast at hidden preserves. Day hikes explore gorgeous coastal areas that are uncrowded and with scenery that rivals top state and national parks

National Forest Guide
Here's a quick guide to the country's 155 national forests. Spread over 41 states, national forests offer some of the best trails outside of national parks. Take a look at this state-by-state national forest guide to find out about hiking opportunities.

National Wildlife Refuges
Covering more than 150 million acres, the National Wildlife Refuge System is designed to protect wildlife but is also filled with recreational opportunities. Find out about trails and hiking opportunities in national wildlife refuges with this searchable guide.

Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers national monuments and millions of acres of public lands that offer hiking and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Most of its units are in the West and you can find out about BLM national monuments, wilderness areas, and scenic and historic trails with this state-by-state guide.

Top 10 National Forests
GORP.com offers its selection of the country's best national forests. From the Tongass National Forest's 17 million acres in Alaska to the tropical Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico, the list looks at hiking opportunities in these diverse public lands.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Break the casino habit and discover the natural side of Las Vegas at the BLM's Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Trails explore impressive formations and canyons that are just 30 minutes from the heart of The Strip.

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