Mark Twain National Forest



Established on September 11, 1939, Mark Twain National Forest spans 1.5 million acres throughout 29 counties in Southern Missouri Ozarks region.

Natural beauty abounds along with plenty of recreational opportunities including hiking, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and camping. There are over 750 miles of hiking and multi-use trails to explore, including sections of the Ozark Trail. Along with numerous lakes, rivers, and streams, the Ozark National Scenic Riverway lies near the heart of the national forest.

An excellent destination for nature lovers, Mark Twain National Forest is home to over 650 native wildlife and bird species that live in a diverse forest, water, mountain, and prairie landscape. And yes, the forest is named in honor of Missouri native, Mark Twain.

For information, call (573) 364-4621 or visit

Most recent Love Your Parks Tour visit – Nov. 3, 2020.

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