Tongass National Forest

648 Mission Street
Ketchikan, AK - 99901

Type: Parks
(907) 225-3101
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The Tongass National Forest, located in southeastern Alaska, is the largest national forest in the United States and one of the largest intact temperate rainforests in the world. Encompassing over 16.7 million acres of pristine wilderness, the Tongass is a land of towering mountains, ancient forests, fjords, rivers, and abundant wildlife, offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to explore and experience the beauty and diversity of Alaska's natural landscapes.

One of the main attractions of the Tongass National Forest is its stunning scenery and diverse ecosystems. The forest is home to a wide variety of habitats, including old-growth and temperate rainforests, coastal estuaries, alpine meadows, and glaciers. Visitors to the Tongass can explore scenic hiking trails, paddle along winding rivers and fjords, fish for salmon in pristine streams, and marvel at majestic waterfalls and towering ice fields. The forest is also home to an incredible array of wildlife, including bears, wolves, moose, bald eagles, and whales, providing endless opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Tongass National Forest offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy camping, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing in some of the most remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in North America. The forest also features a network of cabins, campgrounds, and recreation sites that provide amenities and services for visitors looking to explore the forest's rugged terrain.

The Tongass National Forest is also important for its ecological significance and role in protecting biodiversity and ecosystem health. The forest is home to numerous rare and endangered species, as well as unique plant communities and habitats that are found nowhere else on Earth. The Tongass plays a vital role in regulating climate, purifying water, and providing habitat for wildlife, making it an invaluable natural resource and a symbol of the wild and untamed spirit of Alaska.

Whether you're a nature lover, an outdoor adventurer, or simply someone looking to connect with the beauty and majesty of the natural world, the Tongass National Forest offers a wilderness experience like no other. With its vast expanses of pristine wilderness, stunning landscapes, and abundant wildlife, the Tongass invites visitors to explore, discover, and experience the wonders of Alaska's last frontier.

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