Ouachita National Forest Arkansas: Overview

Nov 19, 2020 11:58 PM

Photo by Harish Gurlhosur from Maps

Having unique and jaw-droppingly beautiful views, Ouachita National Forest is a great destination to escape at weekend. Rich with diverse wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and a diverse ecosystem of mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers, Ouachita National Forest provides something for every traveler to enjoy.

Situated in the central-western part of Arkansas and spreading to the southeastern edge of Oklahoma, this beautiful forest is the melting pot of almost all of the region's major biomes. Most of the trees in the Ouachita Mountains are alike to their deciduous forests in the Appalachian Mountains

But at the highest peaks of Ouachita, you can enjoy fresh mountain air as well as plant life that resembles the lower Rocky Mountains. Natural waters, expansive skies, and rolling hills are home to a great variety of vegetation, which is typically discovered in marshes, Midwestern grasslands, and coastal areas of the U.S.

Ouachita National Forest Camping

Photo by Brad Sims from Flickr

Nestled amidst tranquil oak forests and lakes, there are over 20 campgrounds offering great bases for exploring the hiking and biking trails of the area, fishing for walleye and bass, and floating on the water.

Whether you want to pitch your tent or park your RV, the most thriving camping and recreation areas are open from April to September, with some open year-round. Many sites are equipped with electricity and water connections, flush toilets or vaults, as well as shelters for picnics. In addition, some locations even have dump stations, drinking water, and showers.


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