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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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.

Blanchard Springs Caverns near Mountain View Remains Open

BLANCHARD SPRINGS CAVERNS NEAR MOUNTAIN VIEW IS OPEN.  Please note that Blanchard Springs Caverns is open 7 days a week with guided tours offered between 10 AM and 5 PM.  It is NOT included in the 5 year extension of the cave closure for national forests in the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service.  The Caverns remain open with protocols in place to prevent white-nose syndrome from spreading from this cavern to other areas via human transmission.  These protocols are approved by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.   

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