Explore the most popular forest trails near Mountain Home with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

the trail is a very nice one and not too difficult, as long as you're fine with the hundreds of spiders you'll need to clear before being able to walk... not enjoyable at all.. which is a pity as its a great environment.

scenic driving
1 month ago

So much to see. Get your cameras out, you won't want to miss the photo ops. This is God's country. Pure nature lovers will be fulfilled.

The possibilities for things to do are endless! And I mean that in the most literal sense. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and I’m STILL finding new things to do and places to explore. This stretch of the Ozarks is some of God’s finest handiwork.

2 months ago

The trails are not too difficult and some decent scenery to look at but they are not marked well at all. It's easy to get off on another trail without even realizing it.

Easy, and not very hilly in or out. I plan to return and take my grand kids (ages 6-8) there.

Could be marked better.Got a little confused about where we were on trail a couple times

We have hiked this trail many times and love it! Some of the terrain can be ruff depending on what loops you take. That being said I was able to hike with our 1 year old in a carrier on my back so I would say that it’s a fairly easy trail. We did take our dog and he got covered in ticks so make sure you spray down. It’s a beautiful and peaceful hike to spend a few hours on. We have seen deer, squirrels, and armadillo.

4 months ago

Nice lake views, moderate hill slope, pleasant woodland trail with tall pines.

good trail, picnic tables every mile. tables have a you are here map. no one on the trail while I was there. did a round trip, so it was about 13 miles. wide trail.

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.

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

Very fun hike with a beautiful view. has many different sidetrails so you can spend quite a bit of time here.

Casual trail for an easy, pleasant outing. Please, be cautious of mountain bikers so that they, and you, stay safe.

Fairly easy trails, but not marked well at all. The colors are repeated and the trails split constantly creating great confusion. Some parts are grown up and the trails are loaded with spiders, grasshoppers and ticks. Do not recommend for dogs for this reason. No views just lots of trees and complicated trails. Be prepared to wander through the woods for a while.

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

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

This is a fun trail when we just want a hour or so walk. This is one we go on about once a week.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Good hike, Easy but you have to watch your footing as the trail is very rocky., so that , to me , makes it a moderate hike.Well maintained otherwise. The map provided is a bit confusing in spots. As we are on point, all of a sudden we look at our progress and we are off course but still on the trail. And we hadn't passed an intersection to get off course.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

A good trail. Mostly well-maintained. Rock-o-rama in places, leading to some tricky climbs. Not for novice MTBers unless you want to get off and push for 20% of your ride. Seems better suited for hiking, but more confident bikers will get a good 60-90 minute ride.

Trailheads are not the most obvious and the Google Map result through AllTrails is slightly off. Turn off the highway at the Pigeon Creek Lake Access sign and first trailhead is on the left, opposite the first boat ramp.

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.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Nice trails with lots of of pretty wild flowers and view of the lake. But the castle doesn't mean there's really a castle, haha. :P

mountain biking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

heading out for the first time with a buddy ready for some fun riding and maybe some intense ridiing couple jumps and u get my point safe riding is my riding

Monday, February 01, 2016

Hiked yesterday. Beautiful day spent on trail. Trail is in great shape. Only ran into one other couple.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Easy to moderate trails we hiked the 104 105 and 106 trails for 5 miles. The trails were not really well marked but not hard to follow if you have a map. Great views of Norfork Lake. There are many trails in this public use area so you could vary the length.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Great trail system. Some markers hard to find but met a lady who was a local and was going to work on markers. We were there on a Sunday and saw only 4 others. Very peaceful. We would consider trails easy for what others we have hiked, not much incline or decline.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Great trail system. Well marked. Always lots of wildlife. There are numerous low hanging branches, no concern to hikers but MTB will need to be aware.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Great trail, with lots of geocaches. Several views of the lake. There is a beautiful view with a bench, where I spent a lot of time.

This area of the Ozarks is complete with about any kind of outdoor recreation you can think of. Renowned for trout fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, cave exploring and more. One could spend a week in the area and just get started.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nice trail would not recommend doing it on the weekend since it is a bike trail and the one Sunday that I walked it there were several bikers.

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