The Ozark-St. Francis National Forest is located in the northwestern area of Arkansas.
Where is this Forest?



The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are really two separate Forests with many differences. They are distinct in their own topographical, geological, biological, cultural and social differences, yet each makes up a part of the overall National Forest system.

The Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark mountains of northern Arkansas. You'll find the tallest mountain in the State, Mount Magazine, and an incredible, living underground cave--Blanchard Springs Caverns.

The St. Francis National Forest covers 22,600 acres in eastern Arkansas, one of the smallest and most diverse forests in the country.

These forests are generously endowed with recreational opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, scenic drives, picnics sites, and opportunities for wildlife viewing also abound.

Explore our information on-line. Discover what wonderful scenery and recreational opportunities await your visit. more . . .

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Events Planned at the Caverns

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Mark your calendar for upcoming events at Blanchard Springs Caverns.

It's All Yours. Go. Play


The “It’s All Yours” campaign (USFS and NFF Public Service Campaign) is aimed at building awareness about recreation opportunities on National Forests and Grasslands and encouraging responsible recreation and stewardship of National Forests.

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Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America's forests.


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