Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests


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The 1.2-million acre Ozark-St. Francis National Forests offer endless opportunities for adventure. As one of America's most scenic and picturesque areas, the Ozark-St. Francis provides a lot of the "natural" in the Natural State of Arkansas. A variety of developed and dispersed recreation opportunities await you on the forests.

Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, floating, kayaking, boating, camping,picnicking, swimming, hunting, fishing, four-wheeler riding and taking pictures are just some of the activities people enjoy while visiting the forests. Each of the recreation areas, trails, wilderness areas or wild and scenic rivers provides unique opportunities to observe nature and enjoy your favorite outdoor activities from cavern tours to hunting black bear and white-tail deer.

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests have something for everyone and are on the way to almost everywhere in Arkansas!

Map of Ozark-St. Francis Nat'l Forests

Latitude, Longitude: 35.275615, -94.476929



  • Boating

    Several lakes in the forests provide great boating. Cove Lake, a 160-acre mountain lake, has a boat ramp available, as well as boat rentals.

  • Bicycling

    The national forests have hundreds of miles of trails, ranging from under a mile to almost 200 miles in length.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Six scenic byways- Scenic 7, Ozark Highlands, Sylamore, Pig Trail, Mt. Magazine, and St. Francis can give travelers views of the peaceful dogwood blossoms in the spring and views of the fiery fall colors in autumn.

  • Camping

    Numerous campgrounds are located throughout the forests, with sites ranging from primitive backcountry to fully-equipped RV sites. Additionally, camping is allowed in most national forest land, so campers have many options.

  • Fishing

    Numerous fishing areas are spread throughout the forests. Both creeks and lakes offer a variety of fish, from bass to trout, ready to challenge anglers of all skill levels.

  • Hiking

    The national forests have hundreds of miles of trails, ranging from under a mile to almost 200 miles in length. Wilderness areas in the forests provide hikers with serene, back-to-nature adventure.

  • Historic Sites

    The Pig Trail Scenic Byway provides access to well-known locations such as Eureka Springs, Beaver and Table Rock Lakes and to the nationally-known craft fair at War Eagle.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horse trails are available in the forests, including the Moccasin Gap Horse Trail, which is regarded as one of the best horse trails in the state.

  • Hunting

    White-tailed deer, black bear, gray squirrel, fox squirrel, cottontail rabbit, wild turkey, mourning dove, bobwhite quail and waterfowl are the principle game species that are hunted in the forests. Fur bearer trapping and hunting is allowed in the forests as well.

    There are special archery, muzzle loading and modern gun seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear, and special archery and modern gun seasons for wild turkey. There are spring and fall seasons for both wild turkey and squirrel.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    There are four trails designated for OHV enthusiasts, the Brock Creek Trail, Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail, Mill Creek Trail, and the Moccasin Gap Horse Trail.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are located at most recreation areas in the forests.

  • Water Sports

    Seven designated swim areas are located in the forests, and the many other rivers, lakes, and streams can provide any number of water sports for visitors.



From Russelville, Interstate highway 40 west provides access to three State highways (7, 21 and 23) which provide interior access to the forest.

Phone Numbers


(479) 964-7200