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
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.
Yeah, this isn't railroad.
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.