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Description - The Mark Twain National Forest is located in southern Missouri. The Forest lies mostly within the Ozark Plateau dotted with remnant hills from this country's oldest mountains, the Ozarks. It is the only National Forest in the State, encompassing 1,487,009 acres. The Forest has 350 miles of rivers and streams.

Some unique features of the Mark Twain include Greer Spring which is the largest spring on National Forest land, and the Eleven Point National Scenic River. Some heritage resources on the Forest include the Silver Mines Recreation Area, Markham Spring Recreation Area, Songbird Trail at Watercress Spring, Turner Mill and Falling Spring.

The Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway provides views of glades and the Boston Mountains in northern Arkansas. Skyline Drive offers hill and river valley vistas.

The Mark Twain has seven designated Wilderness Areas, totalling 63,000 acres: Hercules Glades, Piney Creek, Rock Pile Mountain, Paddy Creek, Bell Mountain, Irish, and Devil's Backbone Wildernesses. The Berryman, Crane Lake and Ridge Runner National Recreation Trails all lead through the Forest, as does the Ozark Trail.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities on the Mark Twain include hunting, hiking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV riding, fishing and camping. The Forest has 43 campgrounds, many near special attractions like rivers and springs.

Climate - Winters in this area are cool and sometimes cold with occasional snow. Spring and autumn are transitional periods, with normally mild temperatures but occasional seasonal fluctuations. Summers bring warm to hot and often humid days.

Location - The Mark Twain National Forest is located in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. The Forest is Headquartered in Rolla, but there are offices located across the region in Potosi, Fredericktown, Doniphan, Winona, Van Buren, Ava, Cassville, Willow Springs, Salem, Houston, Folton and Poplar Bluffs. The Mark Twain is within an hour drive of St. Louis, Springfield, Branson and Columbia, Missouri.

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Filed By: Charles and Barbara Pratt (Puxico, Mo.)
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Report: A beautiful 'tent camping' area, very clean, peaceful look. We have an R.V. and wouldnt camp there but it certainly was the most interesting for sight-seeing we have visited recently. There is one very interesting feature there and my husband and I are very curouis about it and hope some one will give us the back ground on it. It is the old rock house and grist mill that is off to the left side as you enter the park. That house is in beautiful shape and we would really like to know who built it and any history about the family(s) that lived there. Please e mail us if you can shed any light on this place for us.

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Contact Information:
Mark Twain National Forest, 401 Fairgrounds Road , Rolla, MO, 64501, Phone: 573-364-4621

Additional Information:
Missouri - This state in the country's mid section is historically a transition point from east to west. It is teeming with historic sites, state parks and natural areas great for all types of recreational pursuits.

Mark Twain National Forest - Official agency website.


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