Year - 2016Scale - 1:126,720Topo - NoPlasticThe Ouachita National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in west-central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. Forest visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, biking, scenic driving, trail riding, water recreation, fishing, hunting, and more. The Ouachita National Forest is the South's oldest national forest and was originally known as the Arkansas National Forest when it was established by President Theodore Roosevelt on December 18, 1907. It became the Ouachita National Forest on April 29, 1926.The Forest was originally 589,973 acres in size; today it totals 1,789,666 acres, with 1,434,872 in Arkansas and 354,794 in Oklahoma. The Forest helps protect the watersheds of the Arkansas River Valley, Ouachita River Valley, and Little River. The Ouachita Mountain range's rugged landscape makes premier sightseeing and trails the focus of the forest. Seasonal flora, streams and lakes, wildlife and pristine scenery set the stage for recreation opportunities. 35 recreation and picnic areas are open during the late spring, summer and early fall. A few areas remain open year-round to accommodate fall and winter visitors. A nominal fee is charged, based on the type of amenities provided.More than 900 miles of trails are available, with some designated for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Trails vary in level of difficulty from primitive in the wilderness to paved, interpretive trails; a few of these trails can accommodate physically challenged visitors. The Forest's complex geology offers a unique opportunity for both professional and amateur rock collectors. Quartz crystal, the Arkansas state mineral, is abundant in a belt several miles wide, extending from Jessieville, Arkansas, to Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
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