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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Recent News


US Forest Service seeks applicants for recreation advisory committee

Rac graphic call to actionThe U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill 11 positions on a new Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee for national forests across the Southeast. The committee will take on the important task of recommending whether forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico adopt new recreation fees or change existing ones.

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.

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Annual “Caroling in the Caverns” to begin at Blanchard Springs Caverns

drawing of carolers singing

Time for the 15th annual “Caroling in the Caverns” musical show at Blanchard Springs Caverns.


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.

Don't Move Firewood

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