Enjoy Your Stay in Mountain View
Mountain View has been called the “Folk Music Capitol of the World”
Great music is plentiful around Mountain View, which is perhaps best known for the impromptu picking sessions that are a nightly event around the pick-in park and court house square, weather permitting. Old time, bluegrass, folk music, country, and everything in between are all within ear shout just a short walk from the Ozark Country Inn. We have even been known to have a pretty good jam session with the folks staying right here at the inn. Don’t forget to bring your instrument and voice or just a lawn chair if you prefer to relax and listen. In addition to the court house square music, there are several excellent professional music shows during the season.
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Nearby Mountain view the underground splendor of Blanchard Springs Caverns has been called “the cave find of the 20th Century.” Ranked among the most beautiful underground discoveries of the 20th century, Blanchard Springs Caverns is a limestone cavern located deep in the Ozark National Forest, 15 miles north of Mountain View. It is the only developed cave system operated by the U.S. Forest Service and is open throughout the year. Lighted walkways lead to stunning formations and massive rooms, one as large as six football fields. A popular addition to the regular tours at the caverns is the “Wild Cave Tours” where the more adventuresome can explore the undeveloped areas of the cave. Blanchard Springs Recreational Use Area provides scenic campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, a massive natural spring and a trout lake.
Don’t forget to spend some time fishing at Mirror Lake or hiking up the short trail to see the splendor of Blanchard Springs spewing from the cavernous bluffs as it begins its journey down stream. For tour and trail information click here.
Ozark Folk Center
Ozark pioneer ways are preserved and displayed for visitors at the Ozark Folk Center State Park from April through October right in Mountain View. Get a taste of the “old days” and see how hard a black smith had to work to make a living, witness hand thrown pottery right before your eyes, learn to make candles, wood carving, leather working, tintype photography, typesetting, weaving, herb growing, broom making, etc. The list keeps going on. The Ozark Folk Center is the only park in America devoted to the preservation of Southern mountain folkways and music. as a “living museum” of traditional pioneer skills and craft demonstrations.
The Folk Center also offers instructional music events, including annual Dulcimer and Autoharp Jamborees, the Resophonic Guitar Festival, Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Workshops, Folk Dance Days the Clawhammer Banjo Weekend.
The Ozark Folk School, held each spring, offers workshops in a wide variety of Ozark heritage crafts and traditional Southern mountain music taught by skilled artisans. The park also offers a restaurant, library, conference center, visitor center and gift shop. Click here to read more about the park.
Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail
The Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail is a series of interconnecting loops offering the mountain bike enthusiast 50 miles of trail, much of it single-track. Mountain Bikers will not want to miss the chance to tackle the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail. Located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains near Mountain View, Arkansas, the trail stretches over thousands of acres of the Ozark National Forest offering riders changing scenery and beautiful views of the White River and Sylamore Creek Valleys, and the Ozark Mountains.
The various loops can be accessed from four different trailheads as well as Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and Campground. Three trailheads are on Green Mountain Road; the fourth is on AR Highway 5 North.
Several parts of the trails have a variety of difficulty – stretches that are pleasant for a beginner, then stretches where a beginner would be wise to walk a bike. Trails are marked with various color blazes on brown fiberglass posts. Remember to wear your safety gear and enjoy the ride.
Syllamo has been ranked in the top ten mountain bike trails in the country by Mountain Bike magazine. (Seven short miles from the Ozark Country Inn). And don’t overlook the many miles of hiking trails. For complete trail descriptions and directions click here.
White River Trout Fishing
Don’t forget to bring your poles! The fishing is some of the best around and is Internationally famous for its beauty. The White flows through the Ozark Mountains and across the Delta (over 700 miles) before joining the Mississippi River. White River trout fishing is nationally renowned, and the river is only seven miles from the Ozark Country Inn north of Mountain View. Here’s a challenge-the current and previous world-record German brown trout were pulled from Arkansas Ozark Mountain rivers. Maybe the next previous world record holder is reading this right now?
Trout fishing below U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-built dams is also a major draw. A rainbow trout estimated at 24.7 pounds was caught and released on North Fork River, a major tributary of the White, in the fall of 2002. Click here for more information on fishing the White River.
Loco Ropes is the newest adventure in Mountain View, Arkansas, proclaimed by National Geographic Adventure Magazine to be one of the 50 great adventure towns! Loco Ropes is a state-of-the-art treetop adventure park experience with 3 different segments totalling 30+ challenges to test your nerve, endurance, agility and strength. Although they do have zip lines, Lolco Ropes is not just another zip line experience. (Only 2-3 miles from Ozark Country Inn). For more information visit Loco Ropes
There are trail heads within the National Forest just minutes from us. North Sylamore Creek Hiking Trail is a 14 mile point-to-point trail located near Mountain View, Arkansas covering a route from Barkshed to Allison. Named for the scenic, free flowing stream it follows past waterfalls, natural springs, limestone bluffs, lush forests and three campgrounds. It is accessible year-round.
The Ozarks Highlands Trail Extension (OHT) is a 31-mile-long section of the Ozark Highlands Trail near Push Mountain Road (Hwy 341). One end of the OHT begins on the western side of the District near Rand and Spring Creek roads. The other end is just north of Matney Knob near the White River.
The North Sylamore Extension Trail is an 8.3-mile trail that connects the OHT with the North Sylamore Hiking Trail at Barkshed Recreation Area.
Another nice walk is along the Accessible Trail beginning at the Blanchard Visitor Center and loops 3/4-mile around the top of the hill. It’s paved for wheel chair access and has benches every so often along the trail. For more trail information click here.
Arkansas Craft School
The Arkansas Craft School is a center for craft education dedicated to helping aspiring and practicing craft artisans gain the skills they need for success whether as a professional crafts person or hobbyist. Located on Main Street just east of the square, the school offers weekend and week-long workshops in clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and other related media.
The Arkansas Craft School also offers workshops in marketing and management practices geared specifically for artisans, crafts for kids, and community craft programs. For more information click here.
Right here in Mountain View we have some of the best fishing and hunting in the country. The White River is known for its “world class” trout fishing as well as its population of Bald eagles and Blue Herrin. The surrounding National Forest is inhabited by large numbers of deer, black bear, turkey, and wild hogs.
The 9-hole “Pines Hills” course at the Pine Hills Golf Course in Mountain View, Arkansas features 1,743 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 29. Designed by Pete Whitfield and opened in 1994. For more information visit Golf Link
Shop until you drop
Don’t forget to visit all of our antique stores and specialty shops. And you had better plan a whole day or two for your shopping excursion because there are plenty of shops to keep even an expert shopper busy! Maybe the guys can go play a round of golf at Pine Hills, our local golf course while the ladies shop? (A short walk from Ozark Country Inn)