USDA Forest Service - Ouachita National Forest

Welcome to the Ouachita National Forest

We are the oldest and largest National Forest in the South. We encompass 1.8 million acres in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Come explore the Ouachita.

Plan Your Adventure

View from the Talimena Scenic Drive. Adobe Stock

Located in both Arkansas and Oklahoma, the Ouachita National Forest is home to rolling hills, pristine lakes, geological wonders and a vast array of adventures at every turn! Whether you want a challenge or a retreat, a vista or a valley, the Ouachitas have something for everyone!

  • Recreation

    A placeholder image

    A variety of developed and dispersed recreation opportunities await you on the forest. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, hunting, fishing, four-wheeler riding and taking pictures are just some of the activities people enjoy while visiting the forests

  • Be Prepared

    A placeholder image

    Before embarking on your outdoor adventure, be prepared with maps available in several formats: Interactive, downloadable, geo-referenced, and also available for printing at home.

  • Fire Information

    A placeholder image

    The forest will be conducting prescribed burns over the next several months. The purposes of these burns are to re-establish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

  • Forest Restoration Videos

    A placeholder image

    The Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas produced a series of three short videos highlighting the incredible forest and glade restoration work being completed.

  • Our Annual Accomplishments

    A placeholder image

    Beginning this year, we plan to highlight our work and accomplishments in an annual Stewardship Report & Trends. We summarize our key metrics and accomplishments in an easy-to-read End Of Year Infographic.


Forest Restoration Videos

In 2021, the Forest Service in Arkansas and Oklahoma and The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas produced a series of three short videos highlighting the incredible forest and glade restoration work being completed on the National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

View Feature

Proposed Recreation Fee Changes Information and Comment Page

Ouachita National Forest is proposing changes to recreation fees in certain areas of the Forest. The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program. The comment period is set to end by close of business on December 31, 2023.

View Feature