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Norfork Trail: Devils Backbone to Georges Cove

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Mountain Home, Arkansas

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.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 314 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Over grown

Rocky

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Getting There

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.

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This “Devil’s Backbone” section has 2 trailheads, hike either 4.2 miles out-and-back, or 2.1 miles point-to-point with shuttle. There are 2 trailheads: Georges Cove trailhead. From Mountain Home Bypass, 4.6 miles south on Highway 5, turn left on AR 342 (Sycamore Springs Road) and drive 3.2 miles, turn right at Georges Cove Recreation Area sign and drive ¼ mile to trailhead kiosk and gate. Sycamore Highlands trailhead, aka “Devils Backbone”. From Mountain Home, 4.6 miles south on state highway 5, then turn left on highway 342 (Sycamore Springs Road), 2.5 miles (stay right at fork), and turn right on Lake Heights Road at the Sycamore Highlands subdivision. Follow Lake Heights Road 0.7 mile straight through the subdivision, past the dead end sign. Trailhead parking is just beyond the tree line and the last house in the subdivision

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Herbert Vickers
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HikingRocky

A good trail, but very stony. We didn’t finish our intended walk but turned around early, since walking was so slow.

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Christina Garman
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HikingBugsRocky

My dog and I enjoyed this trail middle spring and the dogwood trees were gorgeous throughout as well as lake views! Be sure to do a thorough tick check when you finish, however our tick problem could very well be due to the fact that we got off the trail on the return trip when a 4-wheeler trail crossed our path. I can’t give an accurate time it should take to complete this trail due to our little detour but would definitely try this trail out again! There are a few stream and creek crossings which I was easily able to maneuver without getting my shoes soaked and the dog enjoyed the multiple opportunities to get her feet wet!

Roy Stovall
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Hiking

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.

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

Kaitlin Parsons
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Hiking

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

Robin Anderson
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Hiking

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

Matt Bauer
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Hiking

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.