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

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.

More information about these recreation areas available here.

Recreation Areas/Sites Open:

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.

  • Alum Cove Scenic Trail - restroom open
  • Barkshed Campground
  • Bayou Bluff Campground
  • Brock Creek Campground - restroom open
  • Cove Lake Recreation Area 
  • Fairview Trailhead - restroom open
  • Glory Hole Trail
  • Gunner Pool Campground
  • Haw Creek Campground
  • Horsehead Recreation Area
  • Long Pool Recreation Area - campground and day use
  • Moccasin Gap Campground
  • Ozone Campground
  • Pedestal Rocks Trail - restroom open
  • Pleasant Hill Shooting Range
  • Redding Campground
  • Richland Creek Campground
  • Rotary Ann Rest Area on Highway 7
  • Sam's Throne Campground and climbing area
  • Shelton Point Shooting Range
  • Sorghum Hollow Horse Camp
  • Spring Lake (closes for the season after Labor Day)
  • Syllamo Bike Trail 
  • Sylamore Shooting Range (every other bench blocked off)
  • Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail
  • Whitaker Point (Hawksbill Crag) Trail
  • White Rock Mountain
  • Wolf Pen Campgroun

Recreation Areas/Sites Open with Limited Amenities:

  • Blanchard Springs Recreation Area - Day-use is open to allow for picnicking - hours 7am - 7pm

Recreation Areas/Sites Remaining Shut Down:

  • Blanchard Springs Cavern Tours
  • Blanchard Springs Campground
  • 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 Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: