The U.S. National Parks have some of the nation’s most beautiful natural monuments, but they also come with crowds and restrictions. Opportunities for backcountry camping are limited and most parks do not allow hiking on trails with dogs.

National Forests on the other hand offer an abundance of freedoms where you can camp just about anywhere for next to nothing and you are free to take Fido wherever you like.

For these reasons, we compiled a list of the best National Forests to explore that are adjacent to renowned National Parks. These protected forests combine equally impressive landscapes with the kind of freedom you deserve in a camping trip.