Jefferson National Forest
Virtually every type of outdoor recreation activity you can imagine is available in Jefferson National Forest. Of course hiking, fishing, mountain bicycling and camping lead the way, but don't forget hawk watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and nature photography. Whether you are driving a back-country road, enjoying our glorious fall colors, using binoculars to spot colorful neo tropical birds, or savoring the peacefulness of wilderness, remember that national forests are special places. Habitat is provided for a wide variety of species including at least 70 amphibian and reptiles and many neo-tropical birds, 200 species of birds. The Forests are home to at least 55 species of mammals ranging from white-tailed deer to several very rare species, including the water shrew and rock vole.