Encompassing 1.5 million acres of beautiful public land in 29 counties in Missouri, Mark Twain National Forest maintains a healthy, working forest and restores Missouri's natural communities.

The Forest is waiting, come explore!

Mark Twain National Forest has a wide range of popular recreation opportunities. The forest has over 750 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized use. Sections of the Ozark Trail wind through the forest. More than 350 miles of perennial streams, suitable for floating canoeing and kayaking, meander through its canopied expanses. Our campgrounds offer visitors a variety of forest experiences, including semi-primitive and wilderness camping for solitude.

Leading the way in restoring natural communities through collaboration

From 2012-2022, the forest will collaborate with partners to restore more than 100,000 acres near Doniphan, Winona, Van Buren and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in a Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (CFLRP).

2016 Annual Report CoverThe 2016 Mark Twain National Forest Annual Report is available for review.

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Is your home and property prepared for a wildfire?  Visit Firewise.org’s Home and Landscape website to see what you need to do to make sure your home is as prepared as possible in case a wildfire occurs near you.  After the recent fire activity in Tennessee, we are all reminded that wildfire can strike anywhere, anytime.  Make sure you are FireWise!

Spotlights

From the Salem, MO. Ranger’s Desk May 2018

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One of the hardest parts of my job is explaining to neighbors of the forest why they need to obtain a Special Use Permit to cross Forest Service land to access their private land.

From Potosi, MO. From the Ranger’s Outdoor News

Hidden in the southwest part of the Fredericktown Unit, in Iron County, is one of Mark Twain National Forest’s jewels, the 100-acre Crane Lake.


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