The Ouachita National Forest is located in the western center part of Askansas.
Where is this Forest?


Map of the Ouachita National ForestThe Ouachita National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. Headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber and wood production, watershed protection and improvement, habitat for wildlife and fish species (including threatened and endangered ones), wilderness area management, minerals leasing, and outdoor recreation.  Enjoy camping, hiking, biking, scenic driving, trail riding, water recreation, fishing, hunting, and more!


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Scoping for Three Amendments to the Ouachita National Forest Plan

The Ouachita National Forest initiated scoping for three amendments to the Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) in August 2014. The current Forest Plan was prepared and published in 2005 under direction contained in 36 CFR 217. Direction for amending National Forest Plans is now contained in 36 CFR 219, which became effective May 9, 2012. The scoping letter is available for your review.

Charlton Recreation Area Now Open

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This historic recreation area, located along the small but scenic Walnut Creek, offers camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming and so much more, all in the heart of the Ouachita National Forest. A small native stone dam and rustic bathhouse were built by the CCC in the 1930s, and contribute to the swimming portion of the rec area.


2014 Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) now available - View/print here

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The MVUMs directed by the Travel Management Rule are now available for the Ouachita National Forest.

Don't Move Firewood

Nonnative insects threaten our forests. Help us stop these invaders.  Watch the Super Rangers defeat the Legi...


Wildfire Prevention Tips

Significant causes of wildfire include sparks from welding and grinding equipment, carelessly discarded smoking materials, arson and lightning. Help prevent wildfires.