Fall Season in the Cherokee National Forest by Brian Solomon

Parks Vs. Forests.
What Is The Difference?

National Forests and parks share similarities as public lands, but they have distinct characteristics regarding management, purpose, and usage.  

Parks primarily focus on providing recreational opportunities and visitor experiences.  National Parks are often designated to safeguard exceptional natural or cultural features of significant national importance. 

In contrast, National Forests, like parks, aim to protect unique natural and cultural resources and offer recreational opportunities. However, they tend to be larger in size and are managed for multiple uses.  National Forest management aims to balance economic interest, sustainable resource utilization and conservation.  Their management for multiple uses includes activities such as livestock grazing, timber harvesting, water quality and wildlife habitat conservation, along with many of the recreational opportunities we are familiar with.

Citico Creek Wilderness Sign by Brian Solomon
Nathan Yarborough bridge