Map of the Ouachita National ForestThe Ouachita National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. Headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber and wood production, watershed protection and improvement, habitat for wildlife and fish species (including threatened and endangered ones), wilderness area management, minerals leasing, and outdoor recreation.  Enjoy camping, hiking, biking, scenic driving, trail riding, water recreation, fishing, hunting, and more!


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Recent News


Ozark-Ouachita Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting

On August 29, 2019, the Ozark-Ouachita Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be meeting to review Title II proposals at the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Supervisor’s Office, 605 West Main, Russellville AR 72801. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.  The meeting will begin at 1:00PM CST. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact Caroline Mitchell, Committee Coordinator, by phone at 501-321-5318 or via email at

2019 Recreation Fees

New fees are effective August 1, 2019.

2019 Recreation fees and schedule

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2019 Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) now available - View/print here

Man on 4-Wheeler

The MVUMs directed by the Travel Management Rule are now available for the Ouachita National Forest. 

Hochatown Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

Hochatown Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) proposal objective is to decrease wildfire risk, and improve wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities around the Hochatown, OK area.


Prescribed Fires on the Forest

Firefighter using drip torch

The Ouachita National Forest 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...

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