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Mark Twain National Forest, Rolla

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Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF) is a U.S. National Forest located in the southern half of Missouri. MTNF was established on September 11, 1939. It is named for author Mark Twain, a Missouri native. The MTNF covers 3,068,800 acres (12,419 km2) of which 1,506,100 acres (6,095 km2) is public owned, 78,000 acres (320 km2) of which are Wilderness, and National Scenic River area. MTNF spans 29 counties and represents 11% of all forested land in Missouri. MTNF is divided into six distinct ranger districts: Ava-Cassville-Willow Springs, Eleven Point, Houston-Rolla, Cedar Creek, Poplar Bluff, Potosi-Fredericktown, and the Salem. The six ranger districts actually comprise nine overall unique tracts of forests. Its headquarters are in Rolla, Missouri.

Some unique features of the Mark Twain include Greer Spring, which is the largest spring on National Forest land and part of the Eleven Point National Scenic River with an average daily flow of 214 million U.S. gallons (810 million liters). The public can also visit the Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway, which offers views of over 30 miles (48 km) to the Boston Mountains in Arkansas. The 350-mile Ozark Trail system winds through much of the National Forest.

The Forest has two trail systems for certain motorized vehicles and bikes, being the Chadwick Motorcycle & ATV Use Area and the Sutton Bluff ATV, UTV, and Motorcycle Trail System.
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  • We visited a small portion of this park. Our son enjoyed swimming in the river. Some were fishing, others swimming, some were in canoes/tubes/kayaks. There was plenty of parking and the bathroom...  more »
  • We were visiting in the area and discovered a hiking trail by Stone Mill Spring. If possible, we enjoyed the easy (stony) trail more than our grandson! The Spring bubbled into a pond like area and.....  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous! Canoed the Kings River which was very peaceful and compared to some other places I've canoed on Labor Day weekend this one is family friendly fun but yet not insanely crazy where you're trying to dodge drunks in the middle of the river like another place I went once on Labor Day weekend. Now if you want to have head-banging music competing on both sides of your camp ground and a bunch of drunks in your way showing their privates then I would suggest Noel Missouri.
  • Wonderful experience here! I came not knowing what to expect and found a beautiful trails, and gorgeous scenery. Staff was very helpful and well-placed to help visitors get to where they needed to go. Riding the golf carts through the canyon was a lot of fun. I enjoyed my visit and would definitely return here.
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