The Mark Twain National Forest is located in the center and southern areas of Missouri.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to Mark Twain National Forest

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.

Blue Spring Yellow Cone Flower Hercules Fire Tower Blue Spring Trail Collard Lizards Smoke Tree


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.

Recent News


Red Bluff Recreation Area

View of the Red Bluffs from the edge

Forest Service managers are developing plans to address flooding issues at Red Bluff Recreation Area, a Mark Twain National Forest signature site located near Davisville, in Crawford County, Missouri. 

Fire Information

Firewise Symbol

Is your home and property prepared for a wildfire?  Visit’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!


From the Salem, MO. Ranger’s Desk April 2017

Thom Haines doing a Radio Interview

Well our Spring Prescribed (Rx) Burning season is now over. So I thought I would take a moment to report on what we have accomplished so far this calendar year.

From the Potosi, MO. Ranger's Desk February 2017

The old stone dam at Silver Mines Recreation Area was built long ago by a mining company.

Mark Twain National Forest Annual Safety Award for 2016, winner is Lisa Essmyer, from the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District.