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 Campgrounds Open to Visitor Campground subject to closure due to high water levels. Call 870-757-2211 for current information.
Blanchard Springs Recreation Area Open to Visitor For current conditions and updates call Blanchard Springs Caverns at 870 757 2211.   
Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area Open to Visitor Please note that the campground is closed when heavy rain is forecast.
Horsehead Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor The bath house has re-opened!
Moccasin Gap Horse Trail Open to Visitor The campground is now open.
Shores Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Shores Lake will be in a drawn down status throughout the summer of 2015, but the campground is open. The day-use bathhouse will remain closed during the lake drawdown.  The water has been turned on at Shores Lake and the bathrooms in the campground are open. Fees are back to the normal price which is posted at the campground entrance. Swim area is still closed due to the drawdown of Shores Lake.