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Natural State Overland is not just about overland style travel, it's a state of mind. It's making a conscious choice to get out and enjoy our beautiful country and to be an active member of the off road community in support of Tread Lightly principles. We believe by being good stewards of our natural resources and being active in both local and national efforts to keep trails open, we help preserve access to our public lands for future generations.

Natural State Overland will showcase the beautiful Ozark and Ouachita National Forests in Arkansas as an overland destination for those travelers looking for raw beauty and history of the region. While we want to showcase these regions of the Natural State we also want to share our passion for the overlanding lifestyle and all the adventure it brings. We invite you to join us and share your adventures as well on our forum or Facebook page.

"The "Ozarks" are really part of the Boston Mountains and the southern end of the Springfield Plateau. The Boston Mountains are characterized by narrow V-shaped valleys that are bordered by a combination of steep-sided slopes and vertical bluffs of sandstone and limestone soaring beside clear streams. The vegetative cover is upland hardwood of oak-hickory with scattered pine and a brushy undergrowth, dominated by such species as dogwood, maple, redbud, serviceberry and witch-hazel. This makes the Ozark National Forest one of the favorite places for visitors in the spring when the dogwood and redbuds are in bloom, and in the fall when the Forest turns into a brilliant display of oranges, reds, yellows and greens."

"The Ouachita National Forest is located primarily in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Outstanding mountain views coupled with picturesque streams, rivers and lakes provide a unique and highly valued setting for camping and other types of outdoor recreation. The Forest offers spectacular sightseeing and scenic driving as well as hunting, fishing and dispersed camping. Learn about the areas rich history at wayside exhibits along one of the scenic drives or experience unique botanical, mineral and prehistoric resources featured in information and educational programs.

An extensive trail system provides for all types of uses including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicles (OHV)."

Excerpt from https://www.nationalforests.org/our-forests/find-a-forest/ozark-st-francis-national-forest