The Ouachita National Forest is located in the western center part of Askansas.
Where is this Forest?


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


It's All Yours. Go. Play.


The “It’s All Yours” campaign (USFS and NFF Public Service Campaign) is aimed at building awareness about recreation opportunities on National Forests and Grasslands and encouraging responsible recreation and stewardship of National Forests.

Fall Color in the Ouachita National Forest

Motorcycles enjoying the fall colors along Talimena Scenic Drive

It's that time of year! Time to enjoy the cool crisp air and fall colors.


2016 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.

Wildfire Prevention Tips

Significant causes of wildfire include sparks from welding and grinding equipment, carelessly discarded smoking materials, arson and lightning. Help prevent wildfires.


Don't Move Firewood

Nonnative insects threaten our forests. Help us stop these invaders.  Watch the Super Rangers defeat the Legi...