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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Big Brushy Recreation Area Now Open for Day Use

Big Brushy Recreation Area is in a remote forested setting next to Big Brushy Creek, and is conveniently located on US Highway 270 west of Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Amenities include a picnic shelter, vault toilet, playground, and picnic tables.

Forest Service Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Strategic Plan Cover

The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is now available.  

The strategic plan of the USDA Forest Service embodies the focus on the future, providing the American people with a vision of our direction for the next 5 years.

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

Man on 4-Wheeler

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

Wildfire Prevention Tips

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


Don't Move Firewood

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