Norfork Trail: Briarcliff to Devils Backbone

MODERATE 1 reviews

Norfork Trail: Briarcliff to Devils Backbone is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Home, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles
524 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips

trail running





Choose either 2.6 mile point-to-point or 5 miles out-and-back. Moderate challenge, rocky tread in places, views of lake after leaf-off. Briarcliff Trailhead is also known as Shoal Creek, Devils Backbone also called Sycamore Highlands Trailhead. Norfork Trail is 13-mile linear trail, with six trailheads, following the western shore of Lake Norfork ¼ of the lake’s length. Weedy in summer, hikers should take measures against ticks & chiggers, bug problems abate in Autumn. Volunteers clear the trail annually in fall or winter.

23 hours ago

Trails pretty well marked with blue blazes or blue tree tags. Needs some maintenance but I love the trail. Notified the Corp about missing markers when you get to the areas to go around a cove as they are poorly marked. Someone added a few piles of stacked rocks where the blue blazes were missing. Thank you! Definitely a no tennis shoe track.