Mountian View has been one of our favorite places to visit for years. It is a sleepy little town near the White River in north central Arkansas. Some of the things that set it apart as a fun destination are,the Ozark Folk Center state park just north of town and the musicians that gather around the town square on warm evenings. Add this to the Jimmy Driftwood Barn and several local music shows,several annual festivals,and the quaint surroundings and you have the makings for a great getaway anytime from early Spring through late Fall. There are a number of other music theaters and “pickin barns”scattered around to add more variety to your stay.
This is a unique place where you can bring your chair and sit down around the square to good musical entertainment most any summer evening. If one group does not play your choice of venue,just move over a ways for another. Or if you brought your favorite instrument with you,just find a group you feel comfortable with and join in. Most welcome additional players in their circles and they are not too pickey wheather you bring a guitar,dobro,banjo,dulcimer,flute,fiddle,spoons,bouzouki or whatever. As long as it is acoustic it is normally welcome. Electric instruments are a no-no on the Mountain View square.
There are a number of nice RV parks around and we have visited most of them over the years. In recent years we have usually stayed at “Fiddler’s Valley”which is within easy walking distance from the square. The welcoming atmosphere there along with their frequent breakfasts,and musical offerings have made them our favorite.
The main festivals in Mountain View are the Folk Festival –April 17th –19th and the Bean Fest October 29th –31st. If you plan to stay in the town for these events you had best have reservations long in advance. The population of the town may swell from a few thousand friendly souls to 100,000 or more. Many folks reserve their spots a year in advance.
On week days there is likely an inexpensive meal available at the senior citizens center,or you can cho0se from a number of local restaurants that offer good Ozark country cookin’that will make you want to go back for more. Free beans and corn bread are available on Saturday during the bean fest,but there’s so much more fun to be had.
Fishing on the White River is just a few minutes away from town,or you can just drift down the river if you prefer. A visit to Blanchard Springs Caverns just north of town is a great way to spend a hot summer day. Add that to fishing and hunting in the many streams and the Ozark national forest nearby,horseback riding and hiking trails are readily available. The Ozark Folk Center has interesting exhibits depicting pioneer life in the Ozarks that makes for a great outing.
If you decide to make a trip to Mountain View,look around. You might find us sitting around the square licking one of those great ice cream cones from the shops in town or playing with one of the local groups. See ya there!