Cut your own Christmas Tree on National Forest

One of the best kept secrets of the holiday season is that it’s possible to cut your very own Christmas tree at many national forests across the country. It’s a true pick-your-own scenario: head into the forest, select your favorite tree (while following a few guidelines set out by the US Forest Service), chop it down and bring it home for decorating! And at an average cost of about $5 to $10 for a permit (required), it’s also a great holiday bargain.

For many families across the country, cutting a Christmas tree on a national forest is a time-honored tradition. While the US Forest Service does not keep a list of all national forests that issue Christmas tree cutting permits, it’s likely that a forest near you offers them. If you’d like to cut your own tree, contact your local forest office to find out about permits.

The US Forest Service offers some great tips for cutting down your own Christmas tree.

Have you cut your own tree on a national forest? Tell us about it!

Image: A successful Christmas tree hunt at Arapahoe National Forest. Source: USFS.