Maps & Publications

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


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Arkansas Trails
Ouachita National Forest


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]


Arkansas Camping
Ouachita National Forest

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

Recreation Area Map: Locations of the recreation areas described in the guides.

Forest Visitor Maps,  useful for determining general location of roads, trails, and other recreation sites, 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.

Available Map Options:

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.