Mark Twain National Forest offers fee-free days in 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mark Twain National Forest in 2014 will join other federal agencies offering recreation fee-free days on public lands, which began Monday, in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The next fee-free day will be June 13-15, when visitors may enjoy free camping at non-reserved campsites and free day use.

Motorized trail permits and normal fees still apply for use of Chadwick and Sutton Bluff trail systems. For more information, people may check with the Mark Twain National Forest Ranger District Office or contact Nancy Feakes, forest recreation manager, at or 573-341-7472.

USDA Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.

The 2014 recreation fee-free days for sites Mark Twain National Forest operates include:

* June 13-15, 2014 National Get Outdoors Day; Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, and free day use on Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15.

* Sept. 26-28, National Public Lands Day. Friday, September 26, and Saturday, September 27, free camping at non-reserved campsites and free day use on Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28.

* Nov. 8-11, 2014 Veterans Day Weekend. Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, free camping at non-reserved campsites, and free day use November 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest's mission is to continue to restore Missouri's great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest. For more information about the Mark Twain National Forest, people may go to or contact your local Mark Twain National Forest office.

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