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.

Explore our information on-line. Discover what wonderful scenery and recreational opportunities await your visit. more . . .

Recent News


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 hosts annual “Caroling in the Caverns”

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests is hosting “Caroling in the Caverns”, beginning Nov. 29 until Dec. 21, at Blanchard Springs Cavern located near Mountain View, Ark.

The annual program, presented by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, features local musicians singing in the Caverns’ Cathedral Room.

View More Features


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.  

Don't Move Firewood

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