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Village Of Norfork Arkansas (pop. 484)

Point 4 Details
0.1 mi. between 3 & 4

Shop, Eat, Fish, Historical Sites

Point 4 represents the village of Norfork and all things in it. Things to do are found on both Hwy 5 and Fisherman Street. Zip code for Norfork, Arkansas is 72658.

aerial view of norfork arkansas
Norfork Arkansas at the confluence of the White and North Fork Rivers.

Things To Do On Fisherman Street

Fisherman Street is a hairpin turn to the right just after the bridge, right next to the Wolf Settlement. (If you took CR 63 down from Whispering Woods Resort, this is where you come out.) Fisherman Street takes you down to Woodsman's Liquor store, Woodsman's convenience store, Rose Trout Dock, the public access to the rivers, and Norfork Resort and Trout Dock.

Please Note: The lower section of Fisherman Street may show up on some maps as either CR-63 or Norfork River Road.  Historically speaking the road was CR 63 long before Fisherman Street was built. Fisherman Street is just a little over two-tenths of a mile long.

Historical Note: Back in the mid 1800's steamboats stopped here delivering all sorts of supplies. For many years before the bridge was built, there were two ferry services here, one for crossing the White River, the other for crossing the North Fork River. Where the current public boat launch ramp is today was known as Norfork Landing and Martin's ferry operated from here to the ramp you see across the river. The second ferry service, South's Ferry, went across the North Fork river about 200 yards upstream from the launch. Sheid's Bridge one-half mile upstream spans the White River, and the Norfork Bridge you crossed replaced South's Ferry.

Go down to the river, then look back up at the Wolf Settlement, which was built in 1829. Can you imagine oxen pulling carts of supplies up this road from a steamboat?

Woodsman's Liquor Store - The rock front store is Woodsman's new liquor store. This used to be where Woodsman's convenience store was. In September of 2011 Woodsman's moved the convenience store next door in what used to be their rental cabins. There's an amazing collection of local hunting and fishing photos on the wall inside the door. Woodsman's Package Store open Monday thru Thursday 8am to 9pm, open Friday and Saturday 8am to 10pm, Sundays 10am to 9pm.

Woodsman's Sports Shop - This is another independent operation long a favorite with fishermen, hunters, and tourists. You can buy fishing licenses and bait/tackle as well as snacks and basic groceries. There are also quite a few hunting and fishing supplies, as well as a banking ATM. Open 7 days a week from 7am to 9pm. 59 Fisherman Street, Norfork Arkansas. Call 870-499-7454

Rose Trout Dock - After you cross the railroad tracks make a hairpin turn onto CR-63 (aka Norfork River Road) and you come to Rose Trout Dock. Rent a boat to explore the White or Norfork River, or for trout fishing. Or hire a guide to either trout fish or site see. Rose Trout Dock also conducts overnight camping fishing trips. They've been in business for over 35 years. Address is 48 Norfork River Road, phone is 870-499-5311

Public River Access - Drive across the railroad tracks and go about 100 feet straight ahead. On your left is the parking lot for the public fishing access. Down the road a hundred feet or so you come to the river bank, which is usually a flat gravel bar. You can fish here, and there are a lot of trout. This is where the Norfork River flows into the White River. Another 50 yards down the road you come to the hard-surfaced boat launch. There is a special hoist here for lifting wheel chairs in and out of boats.

Norfork Resort & Trout Dock - Drive to the very end of CR-63 and you'll run into the parking spot for Norfork Trout Dock, which is the cabin floating on the water. All around it are river rental boats. This is another excellent place to rent river boats or to hire river guides. The resort is accessed by driving through the public parking at River Meadows Drive. The resort address is 141 River Meadows Drive, phone is 870-499-5500. The trout dock address is 297 Fisherman Street, phone is 870-499-5500. These two facilities are within 200 feet of each other, and technically are on the same property.

Trout Bank Fishing - All you need is a fishing rod. You can buy bait, tackle, and licenses at Woodsman's.

Boat Trout Fishing - Rent a boat from Rose's or Norfork Trout Dock. They'll show you how to run the boat safely, it's not hard.

Guided Fishing - No Experience Needed - When you hire a guide you get the boat, rods, tackle, and bait. The guides bait your hook, net your fish, take the fish off the hook for you, and show you how to catch trout.

Things To Do On Hwy 5

Gas Stations - There are no gasoline stations in Norfork Village, but you can buy gasoline at Hughes Store 1.3 miles further down Hwy 5 at Point 5.

Two Rivers Fly Shop & BBQ Cafe - If you are a fly fisher you can get what you need across the road at Two Rivers Fly Shop, including experienced fly fishing advice. Two Rivers Hickory Pig Cafe is well named. This is a small family restaurant specializing in baby back ribs and other local BBQ delights. You can also get a cold beer here. Open 7 days a week. Open 11am to various hours, call 870-499-3060. 13718 Hwy 5 South, Norfork Arkansas.

Historical Wolf Settlement - The Wolf House, built in 1829 by the Indian Agent Jacob Wolf, is a fascinating look at history. Stop and read the interpretive plagues. The Wolf House was also the area's first court house. It is the oldest standing house in Arkansas. Around it are several other historical log buildings from the same era. If you enjoy historical sites it is worth your time to stop at the Wolf House, as did Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and many other famous pioneers. Right below the Wolf House on the river was the steamboat stop. In addition to the Wolf House there's a blacksmith shop, an authentic log cabin, and a log cabin store. A parking lot with a view point boardwalk is on the opposite side of the log cabin store. Unless there is a special event going on the buildings are closed. You can walk around and read the interpretive signs. There are no fees.

Sharps - A very diverse outdoor recreation supply store. Large selection of knives, firearms, ammo, fishing tackle, air rifles, scopes, camping equipment, Zippo lighters, and a long list of other possible. No junk here! 13851 Hwy 5 South, Norfork Arkansas. Open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 2pm to 6:30pm, Thursdays & Fridays 5pm to 6:30pm, Saturdays from 10am to 6:30pm. Call 870-499-3545

Norfork Family Hair Care - Need a hair cut? 13857 Highway 5 S, Norfork, AR 72658 (870) 499-5055

Two Rivers Grocery- An impressive little grocery store packed full of grocery and sundry inventory. Open 7 days a week. 13863 Highway 5 South, Norfork Arkansas. Call 870-499-7433

For Mother Earth - Hippie & ethnic stuff, beads, crystals, drums, gems, local honey, jewelry, hemp clothing, hemp food and body care items, and used books. This store is packed with inventory. Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sunday 12noon to 4pm. Closed on Tuesdays fall and winter, closed Easter, Thanksgivings, Christmas, New Year's Day.13869 Hwy 5 South, Norfork Arkansas. Call 870-499-5514.

TLC Bank - 24/7 ATM Machine. Across the road from For Mother Earth at 23 Wolf Street, Norfork, AR (870) 499-8522

U.S. Post Office - Across the road from For Mother Earth at 13862 Highway 5 S, Norfork, AR (870) 499-5551

Riverview Emporium - Antiques, collectibles, and home decor offers a showcase of Arkansas arts and crafts. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm, Sunday 1p to 5p. Just down the street from For Mother Earth. Call 870-499-3350

Norfork Cafe - is down the road on the left about 0.2 of a mile from the Post Office. It's been in business for many years and has a long, loyal customer base. If you like down-home cooking, and like to chat with locals while you eat, this is the place. Like many of the little cafes along this tour, it is usually open for breakfast and lunch, but not supper. Norfork Cafe is open 6am to 1:45pm Monday thru Sat, Sunday from 7am to 1:45pm 14198 Highway 5 South, Norfork, AR   Call 870-499-7400.

Famous Commerce - Heading out of town the highway winds up a steep hill. As you near the top look to your right over the ridge tops about a half-mile away. You'll see a group of buildings which are Everett's Saw Mill. This operation is a major supplier of mulch and bark yard products to Walmart. Chances are good that if you buy a bag of mulch from Walmart, it came from here. Everett's is not open to the public.

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