Mark Twain National Forest Guide

Of all the national forests in the United States, Mark Twain National Forest is one of the most unique. While it encompasses 3,068,800 acres in southern Missouri, those acres are not contiguous. Indeed, the forest consists of nine separate sections of land sprawled from one side of Missouri to the other. As the only national forest in Missouri, the Mark Twain National Forest operates as a single unit even though only 1,506,100 acres of it is publicly owned. The forest's entirety is within the Ozark Mountain Range boundaries, where trees, wildlife, fish, and birds are prolific, agile, and wily. The separated areas, both publicly and privately owned, are natural homes where humans are tolerated guests.

Where to Camp

Camping in Mark Twain National Forest

The way Mark Twain National Forest is spread out over southern Missouri makes it an ideal national forest to visit in an RV. By using an RV, visitors camp in one location, explore it thoroughly, and then pick up stakes and move to another section of the forest to explore a completely different environment. Each evening, these visitors can relax in comfort before tackling the next day of adventure. You can begin this journey by visiting one of the RVshare sites above to find the perfect RV to rent for you and your family.

Shape Hiking Trails

Mark Twain National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Mark Twain National Forest

Because of the large distances between locations and the incredible changes in elevation that each Mark Twain National Forest section enjoys, there is a vast array of plants and animals for visitors to enjoy. Visitors may choose to walk through a prairie grass section, along undulating valleys filled with the babble of a creek, or across the tops of ridges. In any case, the natural environment produces homes for different arrays of wildlife, including birds in each forest area. There are many small communities within easy reach of Mark Twain National Forest, some of which are inside the borders of one section or another. The separation of sections of the forest means that light pollution is more prevalent in most areas, reducing star-gazing opportunities.

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How to get to Mark Twain National Forest

Address: 401 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401

Fee: Entry fee $0

Mark Twain National Forest is an ideal place to spend a vacation in an RV. To take advantage of the opportunities that the forest provides, visit RVshare to find an RV rental that will take you and your family on a trip full of wonders.