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

Encompassing 1.5 million acres of beautiful public land in 29 counties in Missouri, Mark Twain National Forest maintains a healthy, working forest and restores Missouri's natural communities.

Blue Spring Yellow Cone Flower Hercules Fire Tower Blue Spring Trail Collard Lizards Smoke Tree

 

The Forest is waiting, come explore!

Mark Twain National Forest has a wide range of popular recreation opportunities. The forest has over 750 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized use. Sections of the Ozark Trail wind through the forest. More than 350 miles of perennial streams, suitable for floating canoeing and kayaking, meander through its canopied expanses. Our campgrounds offer visitors a variety of forest experiences, including semi-primitive and wilderness camping for solitude.

Leading the way in restoring natural communities through collaboration

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).

Monitoring plan transition

Mark Twain National Forest has updated our existing Forest Plan monitoring program in order to comply with new planning regulations. The monitoring program is available for review here. The revised Chapter 4 for the Forest Plan is available here.

Recent News


Features

Greer Mill returning to life.

Crews work together to secure scaffolding for repair work

ROLLA, Mo. (June 21, 2016) – Stabilization continues on the historic Greer Roller Mill, located near Greer Spring on the Mark Twain National Forest. Volunteers from HistoriCorps, AmeriCorps, and Friends of the Eleven Point have been hard at work continuing repairs on the site. Archaeologists with the US Forest Service have lent their expertise to keep the project moving forward and to ensure repairs stay true to the historic nature of the property.

Spotlights

From the Salem, MO. Ranger’s Desk August, 2016

Thom Haines doing a Radio Interview

August’s article features info about Smokey Bears 72nd Birthday.

Rick Wyman receives regional recognition for his commitment to volunteerism

Joe Koloski and Darla Rein present award to Rick Wyman

Mark Twain National Forest volunteer, Rick Wyman, recently received Honorable Mention for the Eastern Region 2015 National Volunteers and Service Award in Citizen Stewardship and Partnerships. ...


Highlights