The Mark Twain National Forest is located in the center and southern areas of Missouri.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to Mark Twain National Forest

Forest visitors may encounter damaged roads, inaccessible recreation areas and flash flooding. District personnel will be assessing damage over the next few days. Please contact the closest district office if you run across a public safety situation. Visit the Alert and Notices for more Info. 

 photos of trees From 2012-2022, the forest will collaborate with partners to restore more than 100,000 acres near Doniphan, Winona, Van Buren and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in a Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (CFLRP).


Mark Twain National Forest Offers Recreation Fee-Free Days in 2015

Mark Twain National Forest in 2015 will join other federal agencies offering recreation fee-free days on public lands during federal holidays. 

Volunteers Honored for Public Service

DONIPHAN, Mo. – From left, Mark Twain National Forest’s Forest Supervisor Bill Nightingale presents

A Van Buren, Mo. couple are recognized as campground hosts of Mark Twain National Forest’s Watercress Recreation Area, Van Buren, Mo. Bert and Jeanie Facklam received the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” from the Corporation for National and Community



From the Salem, Mo. Ranger’s Desk September, 2015

Thom Haines doing a Radio Interview

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the building of Loggers Lake by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). 

Van Buren Volunteers Honored

Melvin and Emily Voyles at Mark Twain National Forest’s Watercress Recreation Area July 23, 2015 sho

Melvin and Emily Voyles, Van Buren, Mo. receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their volunteer servic...