The SCS-CN (Soil Conservation Service-Curve Number) method has been practically applied for estimating the effective precipitation. The CN is used to be determined according to the land use condition based on the US standard. However, there are two distinctive differences between U.S. and Korean land use conditions: mountainous (forest) and rice paddy area that cover more than 70% of the Korean territory. The previous work proposed to use 79 for rice paddy area, regardless of the soil type. Because US SCS’s goal was originally to increase crops, the SCS classification standard provides only for woods and there are no criteria to distinguish the wood and forest. To determine the CN for forest, alternatively the U.S. Forest Service criteria have been employed in practice considering hydrologic condition class. In this study, we investigated the change of the forest CN using the observed rainfall - runoff data within the target area. The results indicated that the CN for forest was suitable for HC=1, and the corresponding CNs were redetermined between 54 and 55.