DescriptionIn the Ozark Highlands and Boston Mountains of northwestern Arkansas, the four principal divisions of the Ozark National Forest total more than a million acres. Recreational activities such as hiking, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, mountain bicycle riding, swimming and picnicking can be enjoyed in the rugged beauty of the forest.
Blanchard Springs Caverns Recreation Area, off SR 14 north of Mountain View, features a large spring that gushes 1,200 gallons of water per minute; nearby are Blanchard Springs Caverns.
Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, north of Deer on FR 1206, preserves a 130-foot-long natural arch. Cove Lake, a 160-acre mountain lake southeast of Paris on SR 309 near Mount Magazine offers camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating. The 150-mile-long Ozark Highland Trail affords opportunities for hiking and nature study. Campers should phone ahead to verify accessibility to camping areas. The Russellville visitor center is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; closed federal holidays.
Information about the forest's many other recreation areas is available from the Forest Supervisor's Office, Ozark National Forest, 605 W. Main St., Russellville, AR 72801; phone (479) 964-7200.