Maps & Publications

[Photograph]: A photographer is taking a picture of the sunset.Purchase the Forest Visitor Map - see below


View and download topographic maps free here

Link to OHV Guides

Link to Maps

Trail Guides

Trail guides. Information about hiking (HI), mountain biking (MB), equestrian (EQ), OHV/ATV (OHV), motorcycle (MC) and interpretive (IN) trails. (Miles are length of trail.) [Nearest town]


Recreation Area Guides

Recreation Area guides. Guides to campgrounds, day use areas, float camps and other recreation opportunities. 

Available Map Options

Forest Visitor Maps 

These maps are useful for determining general location of roads, trails, and other recreation sites, and are available for purchase at the Ouachita National Forest district offices as well as the Forest Supervisor's office in Hot Springs, AR. These maps can also be purchased online directly from the National Forest Map Store or call 406-329-3024. Volume discounts are also available for all customers through the National Forest Map Store. These visitor maps are also available for download on the AVENZA PDF app for a fee. (Link to all available maps on Avenza app)

Interactive Forest Visitor Map

Discover the Forest with this hidden gem - try the Forest Map to locate roads, campgrounds, trails and other recreation sites on the forest. Our map allows you to create your own customized georeferenced PDF for mobile use. 
Here’s how:
• Using a PC, zoom into an area of interest on a national forest
• Using the tools (top right), choose ‘Create/Print PDF’
• Type a name, any name. For example, “My Memorial Day Trip” and add a few notes, if desired.
• Click “Submit”. Let the PDF generate, which takes a few seconds.
• When the process completes, a “View PDF” link appears. Click to open.
• Save the PDF on your PC and email it to your mobile device.
• Using a mobile device, open the PDF using Avenza or other app.
Because your customized map is a georeferenced PDF, your phone or mobile device’s GPS chip will plot your location on the map whether you have connectivity or not (device must have a GPS chip).

Smartphone AVENZA PDF map

Get the App. Get the Map.
AVENZA PDF MAPS is a free mobile map application that enables you to download maps over a Wi-Fi or cellular network to read on your smartphone or tablet. Use your device’s built-in GPS to track your location on the geo-referenced maps. The beauty is that you can access these maps and locate yourself even when you’re offline (no WiFi or Cell connection) because they’re saved to the device’s memory.

For more information about Avenza PDF Maps including tutorials, check out this webpage. The page also includes links to all available maps within the Avenza app for both the Ouachita and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

Forest Service Topo Maps

The Ouachita National Forest has discontinued topographic map sales. You can view and download topographic maps for free at Forest Service Topo Maps. These maps overlay Forest Service assets, such as roads and campgrounds, on USGS's topographic maps. They are available for download by quadrangle. For an index and snapshots of the Ouachita National Forest's topographic maps, click on the following links:



Hunting is permitted in the Forest.  Arkansas Hunting Regulations apply.  Check the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook on the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission website.

Weyerhaeuser Roads Open to the National Forest - Broken Bow, Oklahoma 

Walk-In Turkey Hunting Areas.
Guides to the nine quality walk-in turkey hunting areas in the Ouachita National Forest; opportunities to hunt on public lands managed by the USDA Forest Service in a place free of disturbance from motor vehicles.

• HA-00 Walk-In Turkey Hunting Areas Guide
• HA-01 Sharptop Mountain
• HA-02 Leader Mountain
• HA-03 Hogan Mountain
• HA-04_Fourche_Mountain
• HA-05_Deckard_Mountain
• HA-06 Shut-In Mountain
• HA-07_Chinquapin_Mountain
• HA-08_Blue_Mountain
• HA-09 Well Hollow

Auto Tours. Travel the forest, visit points of special interest and enjoy scenery on an auto tour.

Winona Scenic Drive
Buffalo Gap
Poteau Mountain
Crystal Vista

Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area. View a guide to the Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area and the Talimena Scenic Drive where you can enjoy majestic views of forested mountains, interesting geologic formations and a great variety of flora and fauna. Discover a new place to camp, hike, bicycle, fish, enjoy scenic drives or just unwind and experience solitude.

Guide to Permitting Special Uses The Ouachita National Forest authorizes some recreational and other uses of public lands through a special use permit process.   Typical recreational activities authorized by special use permits are geocaching (gee-oh cashing), competitive recreation events, outfitter or guiding services, or large groups of people (over 75).  Common types of non-recreational activities permitted on the Forest are private driveways, power transmission or distribution lines, rural water lines, communication towers, and scientific research.  All special use proposals are screened for consistency with the Forest Plan, law and policy.  An annual land use fee is charged based on the type of special use permit, and most applications require the payment of a processing fee to cover part of the cost of issuing the permit.  Those proposed uses that pass the screening process may receive a special use permit.