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U.S. Forest Service

Southern Region Viewing Area


Mount Magazine bluff. Mount Magazine bluff. Photo by William Carromero.

View of the Ozark National Forest from Mount Magazine. View of the Ozark National Forest from Mount Magazine.

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Royal catchfly. Royal catchfly. Photo by William Carromero.

Mount Magazine

Forest: Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

District: Magazine Ranger Districi

Description: Mount Magazine is Arkansas’s highest mountain, rising to 2,753 feet. Arkansas State Parks has developed Mount Magazine State Park in the Magazine District of the Ozark National Forest on 2,234 acres of national forest lands atop the mountain through a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service. Visitors can enjoy activities like hiking, camping, horseback riding, and wildlife watching.

Viewing Information: Oak and hickory dominate the canopy. Understory trees include dogwood, pawpaw, spicebush, and sassafras. Some of the wildflowers include bloodroot, Downy phlox, purple trillium, trout lily, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, shooting star, Solomon’s seal, yarrow, and yellow-fringed orchid among others. You may find more information about wild flowers at the Mount Magazine State Park's Special Plants web page.

Safety First: When possible stop by the visitor center and ask for trail maps and conditions. Depending on the time of year you may find biting insects. Take proper precautions such as insect repellant and long clothing. This area is extremely hot during summer; drink plenty of fluids. Protect yourself from son by using long clothing or sun block. Snakes are found in this area.

Directions: Mount Magazine State Park is located on Scenic Highway 309 approximately 17 miles south of Paris; or from Danville, travel nine miles west on Arkansas 10 to Havana, then go 10 miles north on Scenic Highway 309.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, managed under special used permit by the Arkansas State Parks.

Closest Town: Havana and Paris, Arkansas.

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