Arkansas Visitor's Guide

Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
Why It’s Cool: Fun fact—the Ozarks served as the setting for Where the Red Fern Grows and The Beverly Hillbillies. You'll find more than 200 camping and picnic sites, nine swimming beaches, thousands of acres of lakes and steams, and 400 miles of hiking trails. The 218-mile Ozark Highlands Trail is one of the best-known hikes, but the amazing living cave systems at Blanchard Springs are also a draw.

Where to Camp: The park offers space for everything from RV to tent camping thanks to 23 developed campgrounds (a combined 320 sites). Primitive camping is also allowed almost anywhere in the forest, unless there’s a sign stating otherwise.

When It’s Open: Forest accessible year-round. Some campsites are open year-round as well; others are only open May through October.

Cost: No entrance fee. Camping fees can vary from free to $19 per night per site. For more information, visit the park's website.

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