- The Magazine Ranger District is going to be revamped by the end of 2000. The State Parks Department has secured a long term lease on the area and is creating a whole new look to the area. When it opens it should be spectacular. So until then, you'll have to be satisfied with calling the Ranger District Offices and finding out what is open for your next visit in the summer of 2000, because areas are opening and closing without warning.
Some of the areas that are receiving this attention are Cove Lake, Spring lake, Sorghum Hollow and of course the entire Mt. Magazine complex on top. The main portion of the facilities are located on the top of a bluff that is the highest point in Arkansas, and at 2,753 feet, easily provides panoramic views of the surrounding National Forest and Petit Jean River Valleys.
Recreation - With all the lakes that seem to fill up the area there should never be a problem satisfying the anglers in your group. Boating is also a favorite past time of the locals who can either bring their own boat or rent from the concessionaire for a fee. A bit lower on the Forest are two horse camps, that are connected via a trail system to each other as well as the rest of the recreation areas.
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.
Situated in the Northwestern corner of Arkansas, just to the south of the main portion of the Ozark National Forest is a little area known as the Magazine District. Identified as the highest point in Arkansas, this area can be accessed via several roads.
The Town of Paris, just to the north of the district , is where the Ranger District office is and can be approached from the east or the west via Hwy. 22. To the south are the towns of Havana, Bellville and Danville and a bit further on , Ola. All of them are sitting on Arkansas Hwy. 10 which steps into the National Forest just a tad and escapes on the western side. To access the park simply travel north from Havana on the Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway #309.