USDA Forest Service - Ozark-St. Francis National Forest
Welcome to the Ozark-St Francis National Forests
We offer 1.2 million acres of lush hardwood and pine forests, crystal clear mountain streams and scenic drives.
Mirror Lake Dam on the Sylamore District. Adobe Stock
As one of America's most scenic and picturesque areas, the Ozark-St. Francis provides a lot of the "natural" in the Natural State of Arkansas. We have something for everyone and are on the way to almost everywhere in Arkansas!
The Forests' rugged scenic beauty offers a wide variety of year-round recreational opportunities! Whether you are a hiker, camper, kayaker, horseback rider, hunter, fisherman, or anything in between, the Ozark-St Francis National Forests provide new adventures around every bend.
Before embarking on your outdoor adventure, be prepared with maps available in several formats: Interactive, downloadable, geo-referenced, and also available for printing at home.
The forest will be conducting prescribed burns over the next several months. The purposes of these burns are to re-establish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.
Our Fiscal Year 2021 accomplishments and fingertip facts for our integrated approach for healthier national forests.
The Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas produced a series of three short videos highlighting the incredible forest and glade restoration work being completed.
A virtual workshop was held on May 11, 2022 to explain a planned Environmental Assessment on e-bike use on both the Syllamo and Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trails in the Ozark-St Francis National Forests, which are currently closed to motorized traffic. The purpose of the assessment was to determine if allowing e-bikes on forest trails could have significant impacts on the environment. This workshop was in collaboration with the Ouachita National Forest as they are also considering a similar trail on their forest.