Sounds funny, but the forest is open for business for 2013.
That's the word from the U.S. Forest Service office for recreational sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina.
They have campgrounds, day-use areas, off-highway vehicle access, picnic areas and trees.
Lots and lots of trees. Many trees come pre-equipped with real birds.
National Forests in North Carolina -- where gentle mountain slopes stretch for miles -- have gardens of magenta rhododendron, salt marshes that connect to the sea and lakes surrounded by pine forests.
Every year 8.6 million people visit these forests to camp, hike, mountain bike, hunt, fish, take scenic drives or enjoy the forest's solitude.
Click on these National Forests in North Carolina: Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, Croatan for more information.
In addition, Balsam Lake Lodge in the Nantahala National Forest is open. Davidson River and North Mills River Campgrounds are open year-round, as are the Pisgah District's three group camps.
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