Willow Springs Ranger District

The Basics

Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger Districts
1103 South Jefferson
Ava, MO 65608

Phone: (417) 683-4428
Fax: (417) 683-5722

About the Willow Springs Ranger District

Visitors to the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger Districts of the Mark Twain National Forest will enjoy many different landscapes ranging from typical Ozarks oak-hickory forests, shortleaf pine forests, cedar glade openings, breathtaking vistas, and winding river valleys.

This unique blend of areas and habitats creates a home for many different species of wildlife, including bald eagles, road runners, armadillos, turkey, white-tailed deer, and black bears.

The deep hollows, narrow ridgetops, open glades, steep slopes, green pastures and clear streams are what characterize the Ozarks, and can be found throughout these districts.

Nearby vacation destinations, such as Branson, Silver Dollar City, Bass Pro Shops, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake, make these districts a welcoming playground for visitors to the area.

*Currently, there are so many more features and areas within the Willow Springs RD than I have had time to photograph, gather information for, and list here. As soon as new information become available, and I am able to gather pictures, I will post those new areas and features here.*

Features & Facilities


  1. North Fork Campground

  2. Trails

  3. Devil's Backbone Wilderness Area Trails
  4. Racoon Hollow Trail
  5. Ridge Runner Trail

  6. Springs

  7. North Fork Spring

  8. Wilderness Areas

  9. Devil's Backbone Wilderness

  10. Other Areas

  11. Noblett Lake Recreation Area