The Ozark-St. Francis National Forest is located in the northwestern area of Arkansas.
Where is this Forest?

 

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The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are really two separate Forests with many differences. They are distinct in their own topographical, geological, biological, cultural and social differences, yet each makes up a part of the overall National Forest system.

The Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark mountains of northern Arkansas. You'll find the tallest mountain in the State, Mount Magazine, and an incredible, living underground cave--Blanchard Springs Caverns.

The St. Francis National Forest covers 22,600 acres in eastern Arkansas, one of the smallest and most diverse forests in the country.

These forests are generously endowed with recreational opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, scenic drives, picnics sites, and opportunities for wildlife viewing also abound.

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Features

Bat Outside Blanchard Springs Caverns Tests Positive for White-Nose Syndrome

A bat found dead outside an entrance to Blanchard Springs Caverns has tested positive for white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease deadly to bats.  The tri-colored bat was sent to the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia and confirmed to have the disease.   


Blanchard Caverns Increasing Efforts to Protect Caves, Bats

Blanchard Open for Tours; All Other Caves and Mines Are Closed on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

Spotlights

Gone Fishin'

Hook, Line & Sinker

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests co-sponsored several fishing derbies on Ranger Districts across Arkansas.

Don't Move Firewood

Non-native insects threaten our forests. Help us stop these invaders.

 




Help Prevent Wildfires this Season

Smokey Bear says, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires  smokeybear.com

Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America's forests.