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(Trails of North Central Arkansas)

新修 (revised) August 17, 2013.


This page details locations of trails in Baxter County, Arkansas. If you know of others please contact me.

Ice storm update! Trail work has opened essentially all trails left impassible with downed timber after our severe ice storm of Jan. 27-28. 2009. Branches and dead trees are still a hazard as they can break off at any time although the danger is much diminished.

Also, a new section of trail has been made to the Norfork Lake trail starting near the eagle nest between the two bridges over Norfork Lake.  I have walked south on some of it and found it so poorly made with a  bulldozer, I decided to not walk the entire trail.  South of the US Highway 62/412 bridge the trail encounters a deep gully from roadside drain water (man made, obviously).  Instead of fixing the erosion, bridging the gully, or at least re-routing the trail to make it reasonable, the dozer simply took off straight up hill (not good for trail erosion) and on the far side of the gully the trail goes straight down hill to reconnect to the original route.  I walked another half mile south but was so ticked off by this poor planning and even worse implementation, I've decided to not return.  I can't fix everything!

This map shows the approximate locations of trails in Baxter County, Arkansas. If you know of others please contact me.

This map shows the approximate location of each trail. The abbreviations are:

BB = Big Bluff Trail in Bull Shoals State Park

BP = Bidwell Point (just across Lake Norfork on Ark. Hwy. 101, right side in Bidwell Recreation Area managed by US Corp of Engineers)

CO = Cotter Trail (trailheads at the old Cotter Bridge and north of the new Cotter Bridge)

CP = Cooper Park in Mountain Home

CR = Cranfield Recreation Area (managed by US Corp of Engineers)

NL = Norfork Lake Trail (several trailheads, managed by US Corp of Engineers for maps)

OH = Ozark Highlands Trail (contact me or the Sylamore National Park (currently managed by the US Forest Service, Ozark National Forest, Sylamore District))

PC = Pigeon Creek (managed by US Corp of Engineers)

RP = Robinson Point (Robinson Point Recreation Area managed by US Corp of Engineers)

WT = Willet Trail in the Mountain Home park system


Bull Shoals State Park.

Lakeside trail location map.

Big Bluff and Lakeside trails in the area! 1.5 and 1 miles respectively. One trail leads from the campground to the top of the bluff overlooking the river below the dam. The other starts at the east end of the picnic area and runs along the lakeshore (or maybe that's the Dogwood trail, described below. I'll let you guess which trail has which name).


Bidwell Point Trail.

Bidwell Point trail location map.

The short Bidwell Point Trail starts at the southwest edge of the Bidwell Point Recreation Area and runs up to a nice overlook. This short loop trail provides a quiet spot for campers.


Cooper Park Trail.

This trail is mostly in great condition. Brush removal has been completed on all but a short 1/8 mile section in the NE corner of the park. If you need a place to walk this is a readily available trail. The downside? This two miles of interlooping trails in Mountain Home, Arkansas is mostly paved and very well used. While it provides great easy access to city folks, it has the downside of heavy use and foot traffic and little privacy or remote areas. The only isolated area is now made my isolated by fallen trees. That remains my favorite part of this trail because it is not paved and provides some relief from people interactions!


Cotter Trail.

From the river access in Cotter, Arkansas, 2.5 miles north along the east bank of the White River. Essentially an old road blocked off for hiking and utility work. One down side? The trail runs along a sewer line which runs above ground in some places. Fumes escape on still days making it not a pleasant place to walk.


Cranfield Trail.

A 3/4 mile easy trail in the Cranfield Recreation Area.  The trail is just hard to find.   It starts at the picnic pavilion on the southwest side of the recreation area well above the lake and outside the camping area.


Dogwood Trail.

Three miles of trail in the Lakeview area.  Not very impressive, and located immediately west of Lakeview.


Norfork Lake Trail.

Delightful 13.2 miles of trail lies on the west side of Lake Norfork from County Road 1028 south to Norfork Dam. While currently somewhat to very overgrown based on the info below, this trail provides a relatively level hiking trail as it follows the upper contours of Lake Norfork's western edge. Due to rough terrain including small to large rocks in the trail bed, I would rate it as moderately difficult to travel. In addition, some sections are fairly overgrown. The US Corp of Engineers in Mountain Home provides a free topo map and I've copied trail distances and trail head locations from that map to below. Improved campsites and drinking water are seasonally available at the southern end and at George's Cove. In 2008 these campsites have been closed due to unusually high lake water levels.

A new section of the Lake Norfork Trail others call 'David's Trail'or 戴维的徒步线索 is currently planned。The idea is to have a trail from Fort Smith to St. Louis. The new section will cross Lake Norfork at US Highway 62/412 and include the Robinson Point Trail.  Unfortunately, David's Trail suffers from extremely poor planning.  Apparently no trail experts were consulted during the development of the trail.  Walking on pea gravel is quite difficult.  Adding pea gravel to the first section of this trail is a mistake the Corp of Engineers quickly realized.  South of the bridges the trail was created by bulldozer, another major mistake.  It appears the trail was not scouted out.  In one place the trail follows the lakeshore until it reaches a gulley.  Instead of re-routing the trail, the dozer operator appears to have made the decision to go directly uphill and created a major ecological hazard and poorly designed trail.  Instead of a gentle grade, the trail goes straight up the hill (think erosion) to the top of the gully and then straight back down the other side.  I plan to avoid this section of trail as a result.

Solutions?  Build a bridge over the gully.  Ideally, one could have taken the trail up the hill gently as it approached the gully instead of staying near the lakeshore and then going directly up hill.  But they are learning.  Hopefully, future trail sections will be planned by someone with experience in trailmaking.  On a positive note, this trail does connect with the Robinson Point trail now.  While the picnic tables in the middle of nowhere are interesting and nice rest spots (placed every mile near the Lake Norfork bridges) benches might have served just was well.  Few people will use the tables except as benches.

Sections in Arkansas are getting various names, including the Ozark Highlands Trail and the Lake Norfork Trail. I dislike naming trails after people generally and with multiple names in particular. I'm old fashioned, so prefer if you use a person's name it is someones last name and definitly not the whole name or even worse, multiple names.

***County Road to Tracy: 2.2 miles.

Here's an important hint! Don't try to drive to this trailhead but stop at the top of the hill in the parking area there. The trailhead is hidden behind a private resort. The resort buildings for Fish and Fiddle Resort are built practically in the public road! Just drive past it. Also, the Corp of Engineers map calls the road County Road 1028, but the county signs call it Fish and Fiddle Road. If you drive through the resort on the public road you will find a parking area at the top of the hill. Park here and walk downhill to the trailhead. There's a parking area at the bottom of the hill at the real trailhead, sort of! I found it almost impossible to turn my full size truck around on the lower hillside parking lot. There's a formal signed US Corp of Engineers trail head here, but I'm not driving to it again. I'll walk the short 300 feet from the unsigned upper parking area to the trail. I've not walked this trail section.

***Tracy to George's Cove: 2.7 miles.

I've not hiked this section. The Tracy trail head is easy to find, well signed, and has good parking at the boat dock area. The trail has a short fence on each side marking its location and is well marked. I'm guessing it can get busy in summer as there are many boats and fairly limited parking, comparitively.

***George's Cove to Sycamore Highlands: 3.1 miles.

This section of trail was badly overgrown until Septermber 2008. Recent work has cleared much of the northern 2.0-2.5 miles of overgrowth, fallen trees, and other obstructions. More work is needed at removing small rocks from the trail bed as well as work on the southern end of this section. Last updated: Sept. 25, 2008.

***Sycamore Highlands to Lake Road in Briarcliff community: 2.5 miles (no ice storm update).

Unsurveyed by this observer.

***Lake Road in Briarcliff to Norfork Dam: 2.7 miles.

I last hike this section in Jan. 2009 before the ice storm. This section of trail is fairly free of overgrowth and nicely walkable. I cut through most of the few down trees to clear the trail. The trail needs to be cleared of small rocks. Last updated: Feb. 2, 2009

Map of the Norfork Lake Trail, also known as the Norfork Lake section of the Trans-Ozark Trail or the Norfork Lake section of the Ozark Highlands Trail. See also the Robinson Point trail and the link to the map of what's called "David's Trail".


Ozark Highlands Trail, Sylamore District, Ozark National Forest.

Nice trail! Could use some attention in some sections, but in pretty good shape. Last walked during 2008.


Pigeon Creek Trail complex.


This 10 plus mile complex of bicycle / hiking trails weaves around the Pigeon Creek Recreation Area on Lake Norfork. I'm surveyed this trail in late 2008 and found it in very nice shape. It mostly runs the ridges and upper side slopes on the north side of Lake Norfolk along Pigeon Creek. I've now added an aerial photo and a map of the trails. I'll describe the various subtrails. The trail numbers system is quite confusing without a map. A hiker new to the network will find himself coming across signs with new numbers that do not match the number of the trail he thought he was following. This is because not all trail intersections are marked by the number of the trail approaching the intersection. For example, the western end of trail 103 ends in signs for trails 104 and 105 without a trail 103 sign. To make matters worse, at that point the main branch of trail 104 is also unmarked, a user created trail connects 103/104 to trails 104/105 about 15 feet away, and trail 105 becomes trail 106 without any signs along the trails to mark an end or beginning. In case you couldn't follow that reasoning, I'll say it another way to show how it confused a hiker. This location is especially confusing because it connects to trail 103 without a sign, trail 104 going off in two unsigned directions and one signed direction, and trail 105 heading east and becoming trail 106 without a sign to tell the hiker "you've changed numbers". On a positive note, the fact some signs exist on this web of trails is nice. It would be hard to number the trails in any way that makes sense without using the same number for the entire complex! And that probably would not help either, because in that case, no matter where you went you'd simply be on the same trail number! I suppose one could number or name the outer loop with a name, but then what would you name the cross trails? Bummer! The best solution? Carry a map!

Trail 100.

This is the inner loop trail enclosed by trail 101

Trail 101.

This trail starts at the main Pigeon Creek trailhead and goes both directions. To the west it makes a loop enclosing trail 101 completely and joining trail 102's western end. To the east it becomes trail 103. Together with trail 103, these two trails form the lower line of trails parallel to the highway. Both user created trails and trails 101 and 103 spurs link the two east/west systems of trails 101/103 and 102/ 104.

Trail 102.

This trail runs papallel to the highway and to trails 101/103 as an east/west corridor further up the hill than trails 101/103. It connects to trail 101 at its western end and to trail 104 at its eastern end. In fact, it is a little like 101/103 in that it becomes trail 104 at its eastern end. The two corridors 101/103 and 102/104 both run east/west with the former being downhill and closer to the road than the latter. Both user created trails and trails 101 and 103 spurs link the two systems.

Trail 103.

Trail 103 is essentially an extension of trail 101 with a spur to trail 102 as a crosslink. Both the main trail and the crosslink are signed as trail 103. It ends mysteriously in trail 104 but the exactly location for this is uncertain due to signage; a user created trail 15 feet long links it to a signed portion of 104/105.

Trail 104.

My favorite section of this trail complex. Trail 104 is a poorly signed loop with a spur connecting other trails. A great overlook exists just east of the end of the road that lies the bay created by Pigeon Creek. Trail 104 is a southeastern loop of the trail system. It also includes an arm that provides the uphill version of trail 102 as the eastern end of the uphill east/west trail that is mostly trail 102, but includes a small portion of trail 104.

Trail 105/106.

I list these two trails as a single trail because they are undifferieieniantiated on the ground. It starts at that mysterious location where trails 103 and 104 blend at a user created trail. The two loops, numbered 105 and 106, venture out on different points spurred out to the lake. The trail 106 connects into the spur of 104 just before it becomes trail 102.

Trail 201.

A loop through pines west of Arkansas Highway 5.

Trail 202.

A loop trail spurred off of trail 201.

Trail 203.

My second favorite section of trail, this loop zigzaps north of the parking area for trails 201 to 204. The terrain in more interesting than other sections of this web of trails.

Trail 204.

What? This trail seems to be a spur connecting trails 202 and 203, but in a very odd way. I seem to be missing something.


Robinson Point Trail.

Loop trail reported at three miles long at Robinson Point Recreation Area on Lake Norfork; I suspect it is about two miles long. This nice trail can be deceptive in that it can be surprisingly hard to find the loop spur. I missed it twice, twenty years ago and this year. Why? The north trail head leds a hiker south to a southern trail head. But the side trail comes in from an angle and is easy to miss if you walk south. Walking north, it looks like a forking trail, but while walking south it is easy to miss. The trail runs by three sets of an unusual species of tree, the Ashe's Juniper. Two trees can be found at the northeast location, nine at the central location. At least 100 grow at the southwest location. See also Lake Norfork Trail above, including what's called "David's Trail" (mostly planned and not constructed).


Willett Trail.

This trail's official name, something like the Clysta Bertha Smith-Willett Nature, Biking, Horsebackriding, and Hiking Trail and otherwise Birding, Fishing, and Snowboarding Recreational Pathway, is much too long. I prefer much simpler names so I call it the Willet trail. I'm not fond of trails (and roads) named after people either. Just look at most of the names in Baxter County to see some good trail name examples. As a result, I've decided to modify names to something closer to my own reality. For example, not only does the Willet Trail have four words in its official name, it includes the Scott, Sycamore, Wildflower, and Woodland trails and very uncreative names of a few other trails named "Cutoff". Not only are these Cutoff Trails named with identical names, they have signs and easy to confuse with each other as a result. The Sycamore section may sound wooded, but half of it goes through a treeless area of the park between two ballfields. The proposed Buckhorn Trail has a good name. The lack of a good loop trail is disappointing, but options exist for crosslooping. The good points? The trails are well maintained, have some interesting signs, wildflower areas, a pond, and provide an underused area for recreational walking within the city limits of Mountain Home. I'm delighted the city is actively acquiring parklands like this before the city grows too much and it is impossible to create such green spaces. The city has been very active in the last 10-15 years growing parklands and improving trails. Lastly, I'll mention this "park" is actually two parks, Twin Lakes City Park and Keller Park. The two pieces of land join but are practically divided by private lands that also divide the parks along Rossi Road, where their entrances exist.

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