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.

2017 Solar Eclipse (August 21)

Solar eclipse graphic with wordsThe Great American Eclipse will be an amazing event, especially in the path of totality.  There are people coming from all over the United States and from places around the world to witness this amazing spectacle of lunar/solar alignment.  This event will give you a chance to meet people from a myriad of locations while also enjoying the local hospitality in the small Missouri towns surrounding the Mark Twain National Forest.  What better place to view the once-in-a-lifetime event than from your National Forest?

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.


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

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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!


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

Thom Haines doing a Radio Interview

I am bring up the topic of “School Starting” and “Employment Opportunities” .

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

Senior Access Pass

The top question we have been getting at the Potosi Ranger Station is, “Do you have any lifetime Senior Passes?”