Find Adventure in Mark Twain National Forest
With 1.5 million acres of public land, over 750 miles of trails, and 350 miles of perennial streams; Mark Twain National Forest has everything you could think of to fill your vacation with excitement and relaxation. Miles and miles of trails wind through the various sections of Mark Twain Forest that are perfect for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized vehicle use. The rivers and streams that meander through these public lands provide excellent locations for swimming, floating, kayaking, and canoeing whether you are looking for a leisurely float down a lazy river or a riveting whitewater experience.
The Mark Twain National Forest boasts 19 Natural Areas, which retain their natural beauty through careful protection and management, and 7 Wilderness Areas, which have very little impact from human development, within the forest’s boundaries. To maintain the pristine environments of these public lands for generations to come, please practice “Leave No Trace” environmental ethics. Please be sure that anything you bring into the forest leaves with you or is placed in designated receptacles.
Whether you are looking for active family vacation experiences, educational experiences, beautiful vistas, or outdoorsmen adventures; the Mark Twain Forest has something for everyone. Start planning your next foray into nature right here in Missouri. Experience nature at its finest: experience the Mark Twain National Forest.