Top 5 Hot Spots To Enjoy This Fall

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With the landscape changing colors and the cold setting in across many of our public lands and waters, take a leaf from our book and travel somewhere warm this fall. Our top five “hot spots” offer temperatures where you and your loved ones can take off your fall jackets!

Escape to Warmer Weather!

Tonto National Forest


A starry night sky at Tonto National Forest

Tonto National Forest (Sue Cullumber, USFS)

From beachy lakes to the Sonoran Desert to the cool pine forests in the highlands of the Mogollon Rim, the largest national forest in Arizona features all of your favorite outdoor recreation spots! Take a look at the eight different wilderness areas within the park for your trip ideas.

Additionally, the Tonto National Forest has a special, family-based activity that will make incredible memories. Christmas Tree Permits are now available for you to take home a Christmas Tree!


National Forests in Florida


Sun shines through a forest

Ocala National Forest (Michael Stultz, Share the Experience)

Comprised of the Apalachicola, Osceola, and Ocala National Forests, the National Forests in Florida offer more than 1.2 million acres of outdoor recreation across Florida. With activities ranging from swimming to fishing to hunting, there are opportunities for all to enjoy the balmy weather!

Wright Patman Lake


A bird swoops down over the lake

Wright Patman Lake (iStock Images)

Located in Northeast Texas, the Wright Patman Lake hosts over 80,000 acres of wilderness for you to enjoy! This beautiful lake among the pines is home to many wintering bird species including bald eagles and pelicans. For anyone interested in water or land activities, this lake offers a reprieve from cooler temperatures.

National Forests and Grasslands in Texas


An owl perches on the tree around dusk

LBJ Grasslands (Debra Lawrence, Share the Experience)

With a wealth of forests, lakes, and grasslands, the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas offers a diverse haven of experiences. Enjoy the warm weather of the American South as you hike, boat, or just enjoy the beautiful vistas!

Allatoona Lake


Sunset at Allatoona Lake

Allatoona Lake (iStock Images)

Located 30 miles from Atlanta, Allatoona Lake (colloquially known as Lake Allatoona) is one of the most visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the country! Visit the visitor center to learn about the history of the attraction that brings more than 6 million visitors to its shores each year – or just relax near the water!

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