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



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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The Glory Hole Waterfall

The Glory Hole waterfall is located within the Dismal Creek Special Interest Area,

The Glory Hole waterfall is located within the Dismal Creek Special Interest Area, approximately 245 acres in size.  The Dismal Creek Special Interest Area was designated primarily because of the unique botanical features, created as a result of the mesic habitat resulting from the bluff lines and aspects of the slopes in the area.  The most widely noted feature that is popular with visitors is the Glory Hole waterfall.

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This year, NPLD will take place September 24, 2016. The Forest Service will recognize events occurring September 1 to October 10 as part of NPLD. There are several events planned for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

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2016 Fishing Derbies

The U.S. Forest Service, along with State and local partners are sponsoring free fishing derbies throughout the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

55th Annual Spring Color Tour

Spring Color Tour

The 55th Annual Spring Color Tour is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2016.  Participants will travel by bus along a scenic route to view flowering trees and wildflowers.


Restoration Progress Made Despite Growing Challenges

Forest Service Report Highlights Restoration Progress Made Despite Growing Challenges

Help Prevent Wildfires this Season

Smokey Bear says, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires

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

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