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Ozark-St. Francis National Forest

The Ozark and St. Francis National Forests are the two separate forests bearing a great deal of differences in its vegetation and climatic conditions. The Ozark National Forest features around 500 species of trees in 1.2 million acres in northern Arkansas. This forest covers most of the Ozark mountain terrain with Mount Magazine – the highest peak in the state, the longest Ozark Highland Trails and the most mesmerizing Blanchard Springs Caverns – the mysterious underground caves. St. Francis National Forest is spread in 22,600 acres of lush green bed in eastern Arkansas. It is best known for fishing in its two large lakes – Bear Creek Reservoir and Storm Creek Lake. These two forests combine to offer 23 developed campgrounds, 9 swimming areas, more than 300 miles of hiking and 370 miles of water stretch for fishing.