One of the great things about the Forest are all the bugs. They feed the birds and frogs we love so well. Are you convinced yet??
To be honest - depending on the weather, area and time of year - the bugs can get pretty bad sometimes. Usually the invasions start in late June and things don't really get better until late August. HOWEVER, some years - like 2006 - it was so dry there never were any bugs.
SO the Friends have decided to keep you posted as well as we can about the bug situation. Check this page when you are planning a trip. And always bring bug spray and fly masks in case you need them.
June 4, 2017 - Only a few reports of gnats on muggy days. HOWEVER, we are entering peak bug season (June 15 to August 15) although there can be good days depending on the weather. If it is windy and dry the bugs aren't bad. We have had plenty of rain so it should be a pretty typical season - gnats, the little biting flies and deer flies are the most pesky.