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
Blanchard Springs Recreation Area Open to Visitor All swim beachers are open; however, water quality testing is only performed from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For current conditions and updates call Blanchard Springs Caverns at 870 757 2211.
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 Open to Visitor 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.