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.


Forest Reflections

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Recreation uses of national forest system land are always popular; but in 2020 the pandemic brought visitors to Mark Twain National Forest at record levels. The Forest supported national wildland firefighting activities during a record-shattering wildfire year. Partnerships were strengthened, and new relationships with communities and partners were formed. The Forest and its employees adapted to the challenges to continue a high level of service through it all. To read more about these and other collaborative successes this past year, please view the 2020 Forest Reflections.

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).


Proposed Recreation Fee Changes - Recreation Facility Strategy

Overlook at Shell Knob Recreation Area of Table Rock Lake

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

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Is your home and property prepared for a wildfire?  Visit’s Home and Landscape website to see what you need to do to make sure your home is as prepared as possible.


Promo: Firewood Permits

Firewood Permits

Markham Spring Pond

Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Views