National forests are a treasure. They encapsulate natural beauty that our land has to offer, and protects it from commercialism and development. So many people visit Idaho for its natural beauty and serenity, but did you know that there are several notable forests within driving distance of The Ashley Inn? Let our team give you brief descriptions of each national forest nearby that is worth a visit.
Payette National Forest
Closest to the Ashley Inn is Payette National Forest. Within its boundaries are 2.3 million acres of desert grasslands, alpine meadows, lakes, river canyons, forests, and so much more that you can bike, hike, fish, and more. In the spring and fall, authorities start prescribed fires in order to make the trees more wildfire resistant, increase the height of the canopy, reduce surface fuels, reduce small tree densities, and more. In the winter, be careful of avalanches, so make sure to check payetteavalanche.org to ensure your safety during a visit.
Sawtooth National Forest
This forest has so many selling points. Four major rivers (Salmon, Payette, Boise, Big Wood) and four major mountain ranges (Sawtooths, Boulders, White Clouds, Smokies) run through it. Three scenic byways (Salmon River, Ponderosa Pine, Sawtooth) allow you to drive through the beauty from the comfort of your vehicle. Plus, 300 lakes and 1,000 high mountain lakes draw many visitors to the area. Don’t forget that you can snowmobile, boat, waterski, hunt, and more at this outpost.
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forest
The furthest from the Ashley Inn is the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forest. A few popular spots include the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, where you can walk the same path the pair trod. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness gives views of the Salmon River, which has sections deeper than the Grand Canyon—hence the name.
Staying in Cascade, Idaho
After a day of exploring the wilderness, return to the Ashley Inn for a cozy evening in front of the fireplace or a soak in your Jacuzzi to soothe tired muscles. To find more parks in Idaho, check out an Idaho national forest map to plan new adventures near The Ashley Inn. For more information about things to do in Cascade, visit our website or give us a call at 208-382-5621.