Permitting special recreation events on the national forest

Mountain bike riders prepare for the 50-mile trail riding event called “The Squealer”, which is held in the Council Bluff Lake area on the Ozark Trail and county roads.  Recreation events on Mark Twain National Forest require a special use permit.  (Photo courtesy of Matthew Struckman)

Most people think of Mark Twain National Forest and visions are conjured up about fishing on a serene lake or camping under the stars or hiking through a stand of mixed oak and pine with a scolding bird or two breaking the silence.  

But, there are also people who enjoy extreme and challenging recreational pursuits, such as mountain bike, horse riding, or running events on national forest trails.  

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