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Description - The Pleasant Hill Ranger District has 4 campgrounds, 3 trails and a rifle range. This is just a beginning, as there are a quite a few more attractions for everyone in your party.

The campgrounds of Ozone, Horsehead Lake, Wolf Pen and Redding are reasonably close together and all but Horsehead Lake are situated along the Ozark Highlands Trail.

Recreation - Fishing, boating and almost all varieties of water sports are available within the 3 campgrounds of Redding, Wolf Pen and Ozone. On Hwy. 21, to the south, you'll find the rifle range of Pleasant Hill, an NRA certified site. Camping without the bounds of the campground are also a viable choice for the seasoned traveler wanting a bit more of a "wildlife" experience. Please remember to restore your campsite to a "better than you found it condition".

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.

Location - Located in the Northwestern portion of the state, centered in the Ozark National Forest, is the Pleasant Hill Ranger District. With almost as many avenues for entering the forest as there are areas to enjoy you shouldn't have any problems getting here.

Arkansas Hwy. 40, to the south, has several tributaries that split off and feed north into the forest. Hwy. 23, then 103, 21 and finally 123 to the west. From the north access can be gained through Hwy. 16 from Fayetteville to Hwy. 23 or continue on as 16 through to the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway. The ranger station is located close to the town of Clarksville on the south side of the forest.

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Contact Information:
Pleasant Hill Ranger District, Hwy 21 North, P.O. Box 190 , Clarksville, AR, 72830, Phone: 501-754-2864

Additional Information:
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests - The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres, mostly in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas. The St. Francis encompasses 20,000 acres on the Mississippi River in east-central Arkansas.


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