Where Can I Camp in Ozark National Forest?

The Ozark National Forest is a sprawling wilderness area located in the state of Arkansas, USA. It is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the entire country, and it offers countless opportunities for camping and recreation. Whether you are looking for an overnight stay or a longer excursion, the Ozark National Forest has something to offer.

The Ozark National Forest is divided into four districts: Mountain View, Paris, Fayetteville and Big Piney. Each district offers different types of camping experiences.

In Mountain View District, there are developed campgrounds with amenities such as fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms and showers. There are also primitive camping areas available in this district that require no reservations or fees.

The Paris District offers more primitive camping experiences than Mountain View District. There are several remote backcountry sites available for those looking for a more rustic experience. These areas may not have facilities such as fire rings or picnic tables but they do allow for the peaceful tranquility of nature.

Fayetteville District has some developed campgrounds as well as primitive sites throughout the forest. Most of the sites have amenities such as restrooms and showers but they may not all have fire rings or picnic tables available. However, these areas are perfect for those looking to get away from it all.

Big Piney District is home to some of the most remote backcountry camping areas in Ozark National Forest. These areas require no reservations or fees and offer a unique opportunity to commune with nature away from any other people or distractions.


Wherever you decide to go camping in Ozark National Forest you can be sure you will find something that meets your needs. Whether you want a basic overnight stay at one of the developed campgrounds or an extended backcountry adventure in a more remote location, there is something for everyone here!

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Chris Powell