The Mark Twain National Forest is located in the center and southern areas of Missouri.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to Mark Twain National Forest

Encompassing 1.5 million acres of beautiful public land in 29 counties in Missouri, Mark Twain National Forest maintains a healthy, working forest and restores Missouri's natural communities.

Blue Spring Yellow Cone Flower Hercules Fire Tower Blue Spring Trail Collard Lizards Smoke Tree


The Forest is waiting, come explore!

Mark Twain National Forest has a wide range of popular recreation opportunities. The forest has over 750 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized use. Sections of the Ozark Trail wind through the forest. More than 350 miles of perennial streams, suitable for floating canoeing and kayaking, meander through its canopied expanses. Our campgrounds offer visitors a variety of forest experiences, including semi-primitive and wilderness camping for solitude.

Leading the way in restoring natural communities through collaboration

From 2012-2022, the forest will collaborate with partners to restore more than 100,000 acres near Doniphan, Winona, Van Buren and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in a Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (CFLRP).

Monitoring plan transition

Mark Twain National Forest has updated our existing Forest Plan monitoring program in order to comply with new planning regulations. The monitoring program is available for review here. The revised Chapter 4 for the Forest Plan is available here.

Recent News


Greer Mill Hosts Open House

Crews work together to secure scaffolding for repair work

ROLLA, Mo. (September 30, 2016) – The Mark Twain National Forest and the Friends of the Eleven Point will be hosting an open house at the Historic Greer Mill property on October 15th.


From the Salem, MO. Ranger’s Desk August, 2016

Thom Haines doing a Radio Interview

August’s article features info about Smokey Bears 72nd Birthday.

From the Potosi, MO. Ranger's Desk October, 2016

Flier cover for Bat Squad webcast October 25 thru 28

Annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by a team of representatives from conservation organizations and agencies.