Ozark-St. Francis National Forest

Blanchard Springs in Ozark National Forest
Blanchard Springs in Ozark National Forest
Buffalo National River in the Boston Mountains, Ozark National Forest

The Ozark and St. Francis National Forests have been combined administratively but the two forests are quite different from each other. Between the two forests there are six National Scenic Byways, 9 swimming beaches, more than 200 camping and picnic sites, 5 wilderness areas, 11 special interest areas, more than 400 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails plus thousands of acres of lakes and streams.

Ozark-St. Francis National Forest is not nearly a contiguous property with parcels stretching from the Mississippi River on the east across central and northwest Arkansas into the Ozark Mountains on the west. In addition to all the beautiful countryside above ground, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest is also home to the spectacular cave formations of Blanchard Springs Caverns.

St. Francis National Forest is a 20,946-acre property in eastern Arkansas. Most of St. Francis National Forest lies along the high country of Crowley's Ridge but there is a section in the low, flat lands between the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers. This is one of the only areas where public land touches the Mississippi River bank. It also contains the only segment of the Great River Road that isn't paved.

Ozark National Forest covers some 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas. Mount Magazine, highest point in Arkansas, is on Ozark National Forest.

A road in the St. Francis section of the Forest
In St. Francis National Forest

Recreation Areas with Campgrounds

Recreation Areas with Hiking Trails

Ghost Room in Blanchard Springs Cavern
The Ghost Room in Blanchard Springs Cavern
Upper left photo courtesy of the US Geological Survey
Other photos courtesy of the US Forest Service