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 Barkshed is open year-round. For current conditions and updates call Blanchard Springs Caverns at 870 757 2211.
Bayou Bluff Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open! The recreation area closes following the 3rd week of December and reopens the 3rd week of March.
Blanchard Springs Campgrounds Closed to Visitor The campground is subject to closure due to rain and high water levels. NOTE: Due to current rainfall predictions for the weekend , and potential flooding, Blanchard campground will be closing at 0800 on Friday, April 29th. Call 870-757-2211 for current information and additional information. NOTE: Even if the campground is closed, Blanchard Springs Caverns and the Recreation Area remain open.
Blanchard Springs Recreation Area Open to Visitor For current conditions and updates call Blanchard Springs Caverns at 870 757 2211. 
Brock Creek Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor  Please contact the Big Piney Ranger District at 479-284-3150
Cove Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open year round. Water is turned off November 1st. No water or electric hook-ups. For more information, please call the Magazine Ranger District at (479) 963-3076.
Gunner Pool Recreation Area Open to Visitor Water is turned off seasonally during the winter months.  For current conditions and updates call Blanchard Springs Caverns at 870 757 2211.
Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open! Please note that the campground is closed when heavy rain is forecast. The recreation area also closes for the season following the 3rd week of December and reopens the 3rd week of March.
Horsehead Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open year-round
Lake Wedington Recreation Area Open to Visitor Lake Wedington Rec Area is open for the season effective April 23, 2016.  Hours are: 10am-8pm (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) until October 1, then hours change to 10am-6pm.
Long Pool Recreation Area Open to Visitor Long Pool Recreation is open year round - including rest rooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Please contact the Big Piney Ranger District for additional information: 479-284-3150
Moccasin Gap Horse Trail Open to Visitor The campground is open.
Ozone Recreation Area Open to Visitor  Open year round
Redding Recreation Area Open to Visitor The campground is open!
Shores Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Spring Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Spring Lake is currently closed for the season
White Rock Mountain Recreation Area Open to Visitor White Rock Mountain Recreation Area is open
Wolf Pen Recreation Area Open to Visitor The campground is open!