Status Update of Recreation Areas

In response to guidance from state health officials and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recreation facilities were temporarily shut down or services reduced. Some of these recreation sites are reopening and will reopen on a case-by-case basis, sometimes with modified operations. The openings may not be quick or permanent. Please be patient during the transition as the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

The USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public. The health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service. For the most current and accurate information, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov

Please do your part as you visit the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

  • Practice social distancing. Provide space of at least 6 feet at all times during your visit
  • Do not gather in groups. Follow the latest guidance from officials. 
  • Communicate with others as you pass while hiking. Alert trail user of your presence and step aside to let others pass
  • Pack out your trash. Leave with everything you bring in and use.

Recreation Site Status

A listing of recreation sites in the forest and their conditions report is available here.

The trails on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests remain open. OHV trails are also open. Hunting, fishing, and dispersed camping are also available within the forest boundaries.


Recreation Areas/Sites Remaining Shut Down:

  • Blanchard Springs Cavern Tours
  • Lake Wedington Day-Use, Cabins and Campground
  • Shores Lake Campground

Visitors are primarily responsible for their own safety. Keep in mind, trails and roads may be open for use, but please recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High risk activities such as rock climbing or motorized activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. For the most current and accurate information about COVID-19, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus





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