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 & Maps

Link to  Available Map Options

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, and other recreation opportunities. 

Wilderness Areas in the Ouachita National Forest

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. Please call first for availability. 

Visitor maps can be ordered online through the USGS store. Other online maps for other forests can be ordered in both paper format (ordered through the USGS web store) and digital format (to use in the Avenza app or other smartphone apps) at the MapFinder Website

Interactive Visitor Map

Icon for the Interactive Visitor Map

Discover the Forest with this hidden gem - try the new Forest Map! The Visitor Map allows the public to view, through an online map interface, Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers. The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser. This Interactive Forest Map is also available as a mobile app for your Android (Google Play) or Apple device (Apple App store). 

Notable app. features include:
* accessible recreation locations
* simplified and streamlined map interface
* national-level search capabilities
* wildfire and weather warnings/watches
* easily share the map through email or on social networks
* offline mapping

More information about the Forest Service Visitor Map is available here.

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 Visitor Maps are now available through the GAIA GPS app in IOS and Android. The annual subscription to GAIA GPS includes free access to visitor maps nationwide.

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. More information is available here.

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.

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.