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.

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Recent News


Big Piney Ranger District Recreation Realignment

Big Piney Ranger District Recreation Realignment Environmental Assessment is out for public review

Proposed Recreation Fee Changes for Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

UPDATE: The Regional Recreation Advisory Committee (RRAC) meeting originally scheduled for the fall of 2019 has been postponed until spring of 2020.  The comments submitted by the public to the Forests in June and July of 2019 will be incorporated into the recreation fee proposals to be considered at the spring 2020 RRAC meeting.  The schedule for implementation of the proposed fee changes will be determined at the spring 2020 RRAC meeting.

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OHV Riding in the Forest

Riding an OHV

There are more than 1,000 miles of designated routes for OHV use in the forest.  Check out the maps before you head out. 

Prescribed Fires on the forest

Firefighter using drip torch

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns over the next several months.


National Forests At A Glance

The National Forests At a Glance - Jobs & Income Story Map is a different way to explore your National Forests and Grasslands through the lens of Job and Income contributions...

Restoration Progress Made Despite Growing Challenges

Forest Service Report Highlights Restoration Progress Made Despite Growing Challenges

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