Ozark-St. Francis National Forests together cover a total area of about 1.16 million acres of land. Ozark National Forest is specifically located in the northwestern and north-central areas of Arkansas near cities or towns like Ozark, Fort Smith, Harrison, and Russellville, and Clarksville. Some of the routes that you could use to get to Ozark National Forest include US 71, AR 7, AR 21, AR 22, and AR 23.
St. Francis National Forest, on the other hand, is located in east-central Arkansas with close by cities or towns including Marianna and La Grange. Access to St. Francis National Forest can be gained using US 49, AR AR 44 and AR 242. Several features make the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests a great place for visitors to drop by.
For example, there are several scheduled guided tours of the developed caverns. Additionally, you can also tour sections of the wild caves by reservation. Another feature of this national forest is the Forest houses Blanchard Springs Caverns, these buildings have been documented severally but more specifically and most famously in 1963.
Besides these attractions, the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests also attracts popular attention from visitors due to the several activities that can be accessed using amenities like two lodges, visitor centers, 23 campgrounds, nine cabins, picnic sites, hiking trails (395 miles), scenic drives, boat launches, and multi-use trails (130 miles).
Some of the activities that visitors love to participate in when at the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest include camping, boating, hunting, canoeing, fishing, whitewater rafting, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, spelunking, and interpretive programs.
For visitors with dogs, you can bring them into Ozark-St. Francis National Forests although you have to make sure that you take good care of your dog and that you are able to manage them. The forest’s, management emphasizes that all dogs must be well-behaved to avoid causing disruption and destruction in the forest land.