Norfork Trail: Devils Backbone to Georges Cove

MODERATE 5 reviews

Norfork Trail: Devils Backbone to Georges Cove is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Home, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

The trail is always weedy by late summer. Arkansas Master Naturalists volunteers clear Norfork Trail once annually in early winter with blowers and trimmers, best hiking in winter after its annual maintenance. Summer weeds warrant insect protection against ticks and chiggers. The Norfork Trail follows the western shore of Lake Norfork 13 miles from Norfork Dam to Fish & Fiddle Road, with six trailheads resulting in five 2-3 mile segments. This is a rolling forest trail with occasional lake views.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of five sections of 13-mile linear Norfork Trail (six trailheads). This is a point-to-point linear trail, north trailhead on Georges Cove Road, south trailhead drive through Sycamore Highlands subdivision.
Always weedy by late summer. Arkansas Master Naturalists volunteers clear Norfork Trail once annually in early winter with blowers and trimmers, best hiking in winter after its annual maintenance.
Army Corps of Engineers office provides brochure/maps describing all five sections.

8 months ago

Plan on at least 2 hrs. Dog friendly. Marked fairly well!

hiking
11 months ago

Didn't finish all of it due to poison ivy and tall grass.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

It is rocky but the trail clear. Nice hike. My dog loved it.

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Rocky forest hike sometimes with you not being able to find the trail, and some places have high grass. There will be wildlife on this hike, such as deer, snakes, and ticks. If you turn around and come back from Devil's Backbone, be sure to watch carefully for signs where it splits off in two. a "TRAIL" sign on your left, and a path straight forward. If you take a left, you'll be coming back to Georges Cove, if you keep going straight you'll end up at Shoal CR Trail RD which is around 3 miles away. Trust me, I learned my lesson the very hard way.

Overall, it's a decent trail, but with the tall grass and everything else, it should be planned out as a day hike with lots of water and snacks.