Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers & Wilderness Study Areas

Official Boundary Documentation
In 1964, Congress enacted the Wilderness Act, landmark legislation that permanently protected some of the most natural and undisturbed places in America. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which designated the first eight rivers into the National System and established a process for building a legacy of protected rivers.

The Enterprise Data page provides for download files containing the National Forest System land parcels that have legal descriptions of National Wilderness Area, Primitive Area, or Wilderness Study area, as well as those FS land areas Congressionally designated as National Wilderness Areas, and those areas designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Using the map below you can find Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers by state and Forest unit, and select for download the official boundary documentation for designated wilderness areas.


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