Area Information


Gamaliel is located in north central Arkansas and is a year-round vacation and retirement paradise. Baxter County became the 68th county in Arkansas on March 24, 1873, with the small village of Mountain Home as the county seat.

The county was created from parts of Fulton, Izard, Marion and Searcy counties and was named for the governor of Arkansas at that time, Elisha Baxter. The community of Mountain Home was the first settlement to appear in the area when it was established in the 1850s.

Baxter County has 3 public school districts and 3 private schools. Arkansas State University Mountain Home – ASUMH. This is a brand new campus, with state of the art facilities.

Wolf House, antique & craft shopping, golf courses, The Zone Family Fun Center, springtime blossoms, fall foliage, Dawt Mill, Ozark Folk Center, Blanchard Springs Cavern, Buffalo River, Norfork Dam National Fish Hatchery, Mountain Village 1890, Bull Shoals Caverns, trout fishing on North Fork River, canoe floats and Bass Pro Shop comprise a sample of attractions in the area, and it's only about 85 miles to Branson, MO.

Norfork Lake is one of the major recreation centers in North Central Arkansas. Almost all the varieties of fresh water game fish are found in the lake, which is fed by the North Fork River and its tributaries.

Anglers can expect to catch almost any member of the bass family, walleye, crappie, bream, and catfish. The lake, according to some persons, has a worldwide reputation for lunker bass fishing and largemouth bass weighing up to 12 pounds have been caught to back up the claim. Fishermen are active here throughout the year as there is no closed season on Lake Norfork and the mild winters do not freeze the lake. September through May is usually considered the best time for catching black bass. Night fishing with lights for white bass and crappie is becoming increasingly popular with sportsmen in the summer months.


One of the "must" things to see in the Lake Norfork Area is the big trout hatchery below Norfork Dam. This is the largest facility of its kind in the United States. More than 1,500,000 rainbow trout of catchable size are turned out annually for stocking coldwater rivers, such as White River and North Fork River.

Lake Norfork is considered by many to be one of the finest striper lakes in the United States. An abundance of stripers averaging 17 lbs with many in the 25-40 lb class, are caught every year. With our mild winters and excellent year-round fishing, Lake Norfork is the best bet for your trophy striper.

You will enjoy a float trip on the world famous White River or North Fork River. Crystal clear water and magnificent scenery, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, makes a float trip a relaxing experience.

The lake has over 550 miles of shoreline and 20 developed parks which provide more than ample opportunities for other water sports such as boating, water skiing, skin diving, and swimming. The surrounding hills offer such recreations as hiking, hunting, and sightseeing.

Wildlife abounds in the area. The timbered hills provide good cover for white-tail deer and the hardwood trees furnish both home and food to squirrels. Rabbits, ducks, geese, doves and quail furnish additional game for the sportsman.

Commercial docks on the lake have boats, motors, guides for hire, and equipment for scuba diving, a popular sport in the crystal clear water. In addition to parks for camping, there are many resorts offering various accommodations, some with private docks, swimming pools, and cable TV. Restaurants serve full menus, breakfast through supper. Area stores offer full services from gas, bait and groceries to souvenirs and fish tales.

At the Pigeon Creek National Recreational Trail System you can day hike or mountain bike on 11 different stacked loop trails wandering 12 miles through the Ozark forest. Hike or bike as little as 1/2 mile or as much as 12 miles. Because of their stacked loop layout, you can hike all 12 miles with only 200 yards of retracing trail you have already covered. These well-groomed trails vary in difficulty from beginner to intermediate. No motorized vehicles or horses are allowed. Only bicycles and people! Trails pass through several eco land types including prairie glade, pine groves, hardwood stands, and lakeshore transition zones. The Dwarf Chinkapin oak, found in only a few areas of the world, grows along these trails.

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