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Barkshed Bridge


North Sylamore Creek (Barkshed) Bridge

Bridge crossing North Sylamore Creek in the Barkshed Recreation Area of the Ozark National Forest

Photo taken by GT Comer in February 2017


BH Photo #399005


Bridge over North Sylamore Creek on Barkshed Rd
Stone County, Arkansas
Decent shape, though the deck could use a little repair
- Civilian Conservation Corps (Possible Builder)
7-panel, riveted Pratt pony truss
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Barkshed Recreation Area Bridge
Barkshed Forest Camp Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.01912, -92.25106   (decimal degrees)
36°01'09" N, 92°15'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/567484/3986328 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Norfork SE
Land survey
T. 16 N., R. 12 W., Sec. 15
523 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 78056 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added names per Newspapers.com
  • August 4, 2017: Added by GT Comer


North Sylamore Creek (Barkshed)
Posted April 10, 2021, by J Lewis (warp9p65 [at] gassville [dot] net)

That is not a railroad bridge. No railroad has ever gone through this area. This is a bridge that used to carry vehicular traffic across North Sylamore Creek at the Barkshed Forest Camp in Stone County. It was built when the CCC was active in this area in the 1930s and is in disrepair. The bridge was closed to vehicles at least 25 or 30 years ago. It is now only for pedestrian traffic. You can only drive to this bridge at Barkshed from the Stone County side. The roadway on the opposite side (the Baxter County side) has been closed for many years and has reverted to wilderness for about 1 mile going West up a hill away from the bridge. The dirt road then re-establishes itself as FR 1108 (or Baxter CR 80) and takes you several miles out to Push Mountain Road (State Hwy 341) in Baxter County.

North Sylamore Creek (Barkshed)
Posted November 28, 2018, by Luke

Yeah, this isn't railroad.

North Sylamore Creek (Barkshed)
Posted November 28, 2018, by Brian Gould (brian [dot] gould [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Random internet guy here--- I think the Barkshed bridge is WPA/CCC road bridge circa late 1930s, not MN&A. The MN&A in Stone County was to the Southwest and there was a stop at Arlburg. This is fresh to me because parts of the Ozark HIghlands Trail and the Buffalo River Trail are on old road beds, and we've hiked both sections recently. Really nice trails, and the Buffalo River Trail downstream from Gilbert leads to the piers of the MN&A bridge over the Buffalo.