|Blackburn's Guide to
Norfork Lake Area Activities
Scenic Drives - We have free maps for you
The local scenery is impressive. But the trick is
knowing where to go, and how to get back without getting lost for too long. Whether you
want to get off the beaten path and explore back roads, or take an easy trip down a scenic
highway, whether your interests are historical, cultural, or both, we have a free map for
you to follow.
Caroline Gap area, Sylamore National Forest
Caroline Gap Tour
If you want to see the essence of the Ozarks, the
way they were, and what they are now, take the Caroline Gap Tour. This series of true
backwoods gravel roads is as Wild Ozarks as you can get and still call it a road! You'll
see the tiny little school houses built at the turn of the century, a spring you can drink
from, rolling pastures cleared from the rugged hillsides, and pioneer cemeteries.
Wildflowers line both sides of the road from early spring until frost. Bears, bobcat, gray
and red fox, deer, and many other animals are common here. Towering pines, classic Ozark
hickory-oak-pine forests, cedar glades, and steep hills give varied habitat to birds. This
is an easy drive and there are plenty of spots you can pull off the road to look around.
Much of the drive passes through State and Federal land so you are welcome to explore. The
drive is easy and the road good. But there are no public restrooms along the way!