Recreation

So Much To Do & See

The 1.2-million acre Ozark-St. Francis National Forests offer endless opportunities for adventure. As one of America's most scenic and picturesque areas, the Ozark-St. Francis provides a lot of the "natural" in the Natural State of Arkansas.

A variety of developed and dispersed recreation opportunities await you on the forests. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, floating, kayaking, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, hunting, fishing, four-wheeler riding and taking pictures are just some of the activities people enjoy while visiting the forests. Each of the recreation areas, trails, wilderness areas or wild and scenic rivers provides unique opportunities to observe nature and enjoy your favorite outdoor activities from cavern tours to hunting black bear and white-tail deer. The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests have something for everyone and are on the way to almost everywhere in Arkansas!

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Barkshed Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open; however, swim beach is temporarily closed
Blanchard Springs Recreation Area Open to Visitor The Blanchard Springs Campground is open. The Blanchard main swim beach is open; however, Blanchard Upper Loop swim area is temporarily closed. For current conditions and updates call Blanchard Springs Caverns at 870 757 2211.
Gunner Pool Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open; swim beach has re-opened and the water is on and potable.
Long Pool Recreation Area Open to Visitor Long Pool Recreation is open, including the swim beach.
Moccasin Gap Horse Trail Closed to Visitor NOTE: Moccasin Gap Campground temporarily closed while contractors rehabilitate the campsites. Contractors will also be working on portions of the Moccasin Gap Trail; however, the trail system is expected to remain open.
Shores Lake Recreation Area    Effective June 26, 2014, the East Loop of Shores Lake Trail is closed due to timber harvesting activities along the trail and will be closed for approximately 30 days. Shores Lake will be in a drawn down status throughout the summer of 2014, but the campground is open. The day-use bathhouse will remain closed during the lake drawdown.
Spring Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Recreation area and swim beach open