Welcome to Mark Twain National Forest
View the Eclipse
On April 8, the moon, earth, and sun will align in a total solar eclipse that will pass across a large portion of the United State, including Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest.
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.
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). In 2023, continued monitoring occurred within the boundary, using CHI, and findings demonstrate the effectiveness of work in the area.
Creating opportunities to connect land stewards across the state.
Eleven Point Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive River Plan
View the newly updated DRAFT Eleven Point Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan
Mingo Job Corp
Working closely with employees on the Mark Twain National Forest, Mingo students spend time working on a variety of conservation projects, while getting to spend time in the woods.
Proposed Recreation Fee Changes - Recreation Facility Strategy
Mark Twain National Forest needs to develop a sustainable recreation program through the Recreation Site Analysis. Review the proposed Recreation Facility Strategy and provide comments.
Firewise Fire Information
Is your home and property prepared for a wildfire? Visit Firewise.org’s Home and Landscape website to see what you need to do to make sure your home is as prepared as possible.