Point 1 Details -Tour Start
In Baxter County,
Y Store, left to Hwy 177, right to Hwy 5
Intersection of Highway 5 and
Highway 177, Salesville, AR
Direction Choices - The Y Store sits in the middle of
the "Y" intersection of Hwy 5 and Hwy 177, hence the store's name. At this intersection you have two
direction choices. No matter which way you go, you can easily pick up the main tour loop
again. Turn left onto Hwy 177 and it's 1.5 miles to the Norfork National Fish
Hatchery, Dry Run Creek, and lower Quarry Park. Go another one-half mile to upper Quarry
Cove Recreation Area on top of Norfork dam. From the dam you can simply come back down Hwy
177, and behind and past the Y Store, and continue the main tour loop down Hwy 5. Or you
can continue on to Jordan Park at point 2A.
From Jordan Park you can pick up the main tour loop again at Point 6 Jordan
Road. All side trips are short drives.
About The Y Store - It's in
Salesville (pop. 440) across the Highway from the fire station and town offices. For years
this independent Mom & Pop convenience store has been a favorite with locals and
tourists. It's a landmark for highway directions. Selling groceries, ice, snacks, gas,
bait, licenses, and tackle, it's also a good place to meet locals and fishermen. Open
seven days a week at 10842 Hwy 5 South, Salesville, Arkansas (zip code
72653). Phone: 870-499-5352.
Running The Tour Backwards - Starting at Hwy 341 ( aka Push
Intersection of Hwys 5 & 201. Turn here onto Hwy 201 to run tour backwards.
Run the tour backwards if you are most interested in hiking,
walking, birding, ATV use, or running back roads. This is also the most popular direction
for motorcycle and sports car groups. Go down Hwy 5 about 2.1 miles from the Y
Store. Turn right (east) onto Hwy 201. Go 1 mile, turn left onto Highway 341 (aka Push
Mountain Road). Great for fall foliage color and spring dogwood and redbud blooms.
Push Mountain Road Hazard Warning! Because of it's sharp curves it is important that
you always stay in your lane on this road. Your life, as well as lives of others, could
depend on it. For your safety
and that of others, please stay in your lane at all times.
What Else Is At Point 1?
Lake Norfork Liquor Store is just up the
road a few hundred feet from the Y Store. They are open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm
except Sundays when open from 10am to 10pm. They have a wide selection of beer, wine, and
liquor including legal Arkansas Moon Shine.
Fire Station & City Hall - Across the
road from the Y Store is the fire station and City Hall for the town of Salesville.
Pull over here for Goat's Ridge overlook. Be careful!
Goat's Bluff Scenic
Overlook - Dangerous!
BE CAREFUL- No Safety railings
1.8 miles down Hwy 5 from Y Store look for a short opening in the guard rails on your
left. You'll see a rough pullout large enough for two cars at the most. Walk about 30 feet
behind the "No Dumping Allowed" sign and you'll be standing on a high bluff
looking straight down into the North Fork River. It's also a panoramic view of the Ozark
hills. The story goes that many years ago goats from a local farm used to shelter under
When pulling back out onto the highway look both ways.
Longer RVs will not want to stop here. Motorcyclists watch it, take it easy in the ruts.
We added this because so many people ask about it. If you stop, we say it again: Be VERY
careful pulling in, pulling out, and standing on the bluff.
The upstream view of the North Fork River from Goat's Bluff