The Ozark – St. Francis National Forests have 21 Special Interest Areas (SIA) totalling approximately 23,243 acres. SIAs are managed for their unique geological, botanical, biological, zoological, scenic, or cultural features. These features are unique enough that they are not found in large areas anywhere on the Forests, or they provide the best representation of similar areas on the Forests. These areas are designated as SIAs because of their unique features, complexity, and degree of interest. They are managed for their unique recreational and educational values, and are intended for public use and interpretation.
Although I have this page in the trail section, there may not be any official trails within the SIA. They can be very interesting areas to bushwhack though.
I added this page Jan 10 ’16 and haven’t yet been to most of these places but I do have basic topographic and boundary data for these areas so I can publish minimal maps of them relatively soon and then add to them as I explore the areas.
|Alum Cove||230||Geologic, Scenic||USFS Info|
|Blue Hole||2,190||Geologic, Scenic|
|Buzzard Roost||62||Geologic, Scenic|
|City Rock Bluff||370||Geologic, Scenic|
|Clifty Canyon||5,486||Botanical, Biological|
|Devil’s Canyon||1,827||Geologic, Scenic|
|Devil’s Eyebrow||364||Geologic, Scenic|
|Eagles Gap||225||Geologic, Scenic|
|Fern Gully||306||Botanical, Geologic, Scenic|
|Hare Mountain||88||Geologic, Scenic|
|Jack’s Creek||1,895||Geologic, Scenic|
|Mt. Magazine||4,319||Geologic, Scenic|
|North Twin||1,219||Botanical, Zoological, Scenic|
|Pedestal Rocks||1,016||Scenic, Geologic||USFS Info|
|Sam’s Throne||621||Geologic, Scenic|
|Sandstone Hollow||512||Geologic, Scenic|
|Stack Rock||339||Geologic, Scenic|
|White Rock||895||Geologic, Scenic|