- Located in the northwestern portion of the state is a Ranger District that is chock full of recreational opportunities. Situated on the lower eastern edge of the Ozark National Forest, the trails and campgrounds are complete with majestic bluffs, waterfalls, it's own wilderness and swamps.
The area is fairly roadless and camping is permitted in any open space as long as you are 200 feet from a water source. East Fork Wilderness area is a beautiful place to spend some time with nothing but the solitude of the rivers, and endless woodlands.
Situated close to the Gulf Mountain Wildlife Management Area and only 20 miles from the Arkansas River, there is considerable opportunity to visit the picturesque towns of Russellville, Atkins and just a smidge further out is the wonderful town of Morrilton, located right on the Arkansas River.
Recreation - Some of the recreational opportunities in this area include: Bayou Bluff campground with it's picturesque steeps and excellent scenery, Haw Creek Falls Campground where canoeing on Big Piney Creek is popular, and Moccasin Gap Horse Trail that has an area that has been primarily developed as a horse trail but it's a multiple use trail as well, open to ATVs, mountain bikes, hikers, and high clearance vehicles.
Climate - The Ozark Region has four distinct seasons with a temperature range from 10-15 degrees below zero to over 100 degrees F. Winters have occasional cold periods of brief duration with daily temperatures near zero in January and February. Annual precipitation measures around 50 inches, but the range may vary considerably from this average. Snowfall occurs in the forest covering the ground from a few hours to occasional extended periods of up to several days. The area can offer snow-free outdoor recreation opportunities during the winter months. Be prepared however, for occasional cold weather during the winter, especially at the higher elevations of the Forests.
Ozark National Forest is situated in the upper northwestern portion of Arkansas and the Bayou District is in the lower right hand corner of this beautiful area. The area is bordered on the west and north by Arkansas Hwy. 123 and 16, which by chance also happen to be part of the Ozark Highlands Scenic Drive. Arkansas Hwy. 7 splits the area north to south and is also a Scenic Drive with a couple of campgrounds along the way.
The Ranger District office is located in the town of Hector, just south of Bayou Bluff Campground.