Welcome to Mark Twain National Forest

Begin Your Adventure on the Mark Twain National Forest!

Explore rivers, glades and more in the Ozarks.

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The Forest is waiting, come explore!

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.

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.


Disturbance Recovery Project: Making Haste, not Waste

A logger moving through a blown area of downed pine and jack straw.

In October of 2021, storms moved across Missouri, with several tornadoes knocking down trees in large swaths of Mark Twain National Forest’s Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District.  Traditionally, this kind of damage would initiate the process to create a salvage sale, since the blowdown was not within any active project boundaries. This time, however, the District was able to utilize the Disturbance Recovery Project; referred to locally as the Disturbance EA.

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Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project

Image of restoration completed, shortleaf pine woods with mature trees in a wide range of sizes.

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).

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