Federal public lands offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities to visitors. You can camp, hike, bike, kayak, climb, and fish, among other activities. If you are interested in spending time at a federal public land, but are not sure where to go or how to begin, make your first stop Recreation.gov.
Recreation.gov is the only web portal to provide reservations and information on thousands of recreation opportunities across federal agencies, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Tennessee Valley Authority, the National Archives, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. The website allows people to search through public land sites and make reservations, learn about recreational opportunities, identify entrance or service fees, obtain a permit, purchase a ticket for a tour or special event and stay informed of schedule changes due to construction or fire.
Community Service and Recreation
National Public Lands Day and Recreation.gov are working together to encourage visitors to public lands to include volunteerism as a part of their outdoor experience. In addition to biking and camping, visitors can play an active role in improving the health of public lands and make them more accessible to everyone. Projects can include building hiking or equestrian trails, repairing campsites, planting trees and picking up debris.
As the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, National Public Lands Day is the perfect opportunity to join a volunteer event at one of over 1,100 participating federal sites and introduce young people to public lands and community service. National Public Lands Day can be the motivation towards future volunteer activities and a lifelong love of the outdoors.
Recreation.gov is provided under the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), under a contract administered by the USDA Forest Service.