Ozark National Forest Special Interest Areas

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.

NameAcresUnique Qualities  
Alum Cove230Geologic, ScenicUSFS Info 
Blue Hole2,190Geologic, Scenic  
Buzzard Roost62Geologic, Scenic  
City Rock Bluff370Geologic, Scenic  
Clifty Canyon5,486Botanical, Biological  
Devil’s Canyon1,827Geologic, Scenic  
Devil’s Eyebrow364Geologic, Scenic  
Dismal Creek245Botanical  
Eagles Gap225Geologic, Scenic  
Fern Gully306Botanical, Geologic, Scenic  
Hare Mountain88Geologic, Scenic  
Jack’s Creek1,895Geologic, Scenic  
Mt. Magazine4,319Geologic, Scenic  
North Twin1,219Botanical, Zoological, Scenic  
Pedestal Rocks1,016Scenic, GeologicUSFS Info 
Penhook628Geologic, Botanical  
Sam’s Throne621Geologic, Scenic  
Sandstone Hollow512Geologic, Scenic  
Stack Rock339Geologic, Scenic  
White Rock895Geologic, Scenic  

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