Of Norfork Arkansas (pop. 484)
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.
Norfork Arkansas at the confluence of the White and North Fork
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
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
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.
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
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
Norfork Family Hair Care - Need
a hair cut? 13857
Highway 5 S, Norfork, AR 72658 (870)
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)
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.
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
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
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