Things To Do
to do, so hard to choose.
Lacking the crowds and swarming tourists of other lake destinations, the
Norfork Lake area offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the
tranquility of a giant Ozark Mountain lake habitat and community.
The Norfork Lake area is loaded with action-packed entertainment,
spectacular scenery, natural beauty, and lots of old-fashioned Ozark
Mountain charm and hospitality.
you are looking for the perfect vacation retreat, Norfork Lake is the
place... It's the Mid-South’s favorite choice for year round recreation and
day “Off of the Lake” the Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce has several
the Nature Lover
your own or buy fresh fruits and vegetables at a local farm, or visit the
Mountain Home Farmers Market on the square Wednesday and Saturday
Wildlife Viewing - Take a leisurely drive to look for the
abundant wildlife that calls the Ozarks home. Deer are plentiful and
frequently seen in groups of 8 to 12. Look for them in quiet areas and back
roads. Many are accustomed to people and will return the watching! The
Norfork Lake area is a bird watchers paradise. Water birds, eagles, owls,
several types of woodpeckers, hummingbirds, road runners and songbirds
grace the area.
Visit the Clysta Willet Interpretive Trail in Twin Lakes Park.
This easy stroll through the woods lets you see native plants in all their
Tour local garden centers. Our local centers can help you find
out the name of the beautiful plants you’ve seen blooming in the Norfork
Lake area. They can help you decide what is right for your area. Maybe you
would like to take a little bit of the Ozarks home with you!
Spring comes quickly to the Norfork Lake area. Wild flowers and
are spectacular and continue to please during the summer months.
Fall foliage typically peaks in late October. Leaf color is
enjoyable for several weeks before and after peak color. You owe it to
yourself to make the trip at least once. Your Norfork Lake chamber member
can help you plan a drive that will emphasize the colors that are peaking
at the time of your visit.
Hiking Norfork Lake
a Hike - Quarry Park, Panther Bay, Robinson Point, or Pigeon Creek Trail
System. For a more un-structured hike, how about a walk along some of
Norfork Lake’s 500 miles of pristine shoreline. No need to worry about
private property. The shoreline is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers
and is open for you to enjoy.
Creek Trail System - After your ride, enjoy a cool refreshing dip in
Norfork Lake. Just ride right in if you like.
Trips for the Nature Lover
National River- hiking, quiet floating, scenic bluffs. The Buffalo River is
America’s first National River. It flows 150 miles and is divided into 3
operational sections. The lower Buffalo River is closest to Norfork Lake.
Sylamore District of the Ozark & St. Francis National Forests -
You will find extensive hiking and mountain biking opportunities just south
of Norfork Lake.
Canoe or kayak on one of our area rivers. Choose your river based
on whether you want a calm ride or a ride with some white water. All of our
rivers offer breathtaking scenery.
The area parks offer an assortment of playgrounds, ball fields,
skate/bike areas, hiking trails, ponds, nature areas and other activities.
Mountain Home and the US Army Corps of Engineers have an abundance of parks
to choose from.
Bowling - Need a break from the sun? How about a little family
competition. You could be starting a tradition that can easily carry on for
generations! There are 2 bowling alleys just minutes from Norfork Lake.
Cinemas - Mountain Home has 2 cinemas to choose from. Both are
open 7 days and feature current release movies.
Batting cages, driving ranges, miniature golf, go carts, and
arcade games are available throughout the Norfork Lake area and in Mountain
Car Racing on the action packed dirt oval. Late model and super late model
racing from March into October, Ozark style. The perfect family Friday
Norfork Trout Hatchery - The federal hatchery at the Norfork Lake
Dam raises rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout for release into the North
Fork and White Rivers, both world class trout fisheries.
Dry Run Creek – One of the most unique fisheries in the nation,
Run Creek offers catch and release trout fishing opportunities for disabled
anglers and youths 16 and under. This special facility is handicap
accessible and is located at the Norfork Lake Dam.
Big Spring Park in Cotter -
Home of the famous “Swing at the Spring”. Take the cold water plunge from
a rope swing into an old time swimming hole.
Horseback Riding - Families enjoy the guided trail rides through
the Arkansas Ozark Mountains offered by area operators.
the History Buff
Rapps Barren Settlement at Cooper Park in Mountain Home is an
easy nearby way to view life in the 1800s. The buildings are landscaped
with native plants that are typical of the time.
Rainbow Arch Bridge in Cotter
was dedicated in 1930 and beautifully refurbished and rededicated in 2004.
The bridge is on the National list of historic places. Under the bridge is
Big Spring Park with scenic walking trails beside the White River.
Wolf House - the Jacob Wolf home was built in the early 1800’s
and is believed to be the oldest log structure in Arkansas. It overlooks
the White River in Norfork.
Antique shops are throughout the Norfork Lake area. Take a stroll
and you may find an old time treasure.
enjoy exploring the small towns that are near Norfork Lake. Mountain Home,
Calico Rock, Gassville, Yellville, Mountain View, Salem, and Hardy are all
just a short scenic drive away from the lake. You will find town squares,
small independent businesses for shopping and mom and pop diners. Arts and
crafts shops, quilt shops, antique stores, old time hardware stores and
much more are waiting for your visit. Several towns plan festivals
throughout the year. You may be lucky enough to be around for an outhouse
race, fireworks display, or a turkey calling contest.
Within an Hour
Want to combine history with amusements? One hour from Norfork
Lake but well worth your travel time if you thinking about a day trip.
Ozark Folk Center State Park, Mountain View, Arkansas
Ozark music, crafts, pottery making and other pioneer skills.
Blanchard Springs Caverns - The park is operated by the U.S.
Forest Service. Tours for all ages and abilities are available. Located
southeast of Norfork Lake.
Silver Dollar City - A theme
park based on life in the 1880’s. Thrill rides, shows, foods and crafts in
an Ozark Mountain setting.
Friday Night on the Square in Mountain Home. Each Friday during
the summer Mountain Home visitors and residents are entertained by a
variety of musical groups.
Theater – Twin Lakes Playhouse provides an entertaining schedule
of theatrical performances.
Mountain View - several
musical venues available plus impromptu gatherings of musicians each
evening at the courthouse square.
Mountain Home- live
entertainment is available at several different locations each week.
are 2 golf courses in the Norfork Lake area. Big Creek Golf and Country
Club was recently awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest Magazine for the second
time! Twin Lakes Golf Course is a beautiful 18 hole- par 70 course with
rolling tree-lined fairways and bent grass greens.
- A popular pastime for her while he is fishing. The Norfork Lake area
features a unique variety of Ozark antique, art, souvenir, craft and
Junking – A form of
shopping similar to antiquing but for the more value minded. Locations
change frequently so grab a sack lunch, hit the road, and enjoy the scenery
Year Round Fun!