Mountain View, AR

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas, Mountain View is an isolated community that has long been known for its preservation of traditional folk music and culture. Attracting thousands of annual visitors, its features include the Ozark Folk Center, picturesque caverns, gushing streams, the White River, and the Ozark National Forest, as well as the unique musical gatherings on the courthouse square. Famous residents include Jimmy Driftwood (Jim Morris), who wrote songs such as “Battle of New Orleans” and “Tennessee Stud” and Grandpa Jones, who was a regular on Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry. Film and TV actor Dick Powell’s childhood home is located on Main Street.

Things to Do in Mountain View, AR

While staying at Pine Cone Cabin, you’ll enjoy a plethora of possibilities developed just for tourists. Because many residents enjoy playing and singing traditional mountain music, in the 1960’s the town was decided to capitalize on its rich folk music and craft traditions. Mountain View began to host festivals. Soon the Ozark Folk Center State Park was constructed. This was followed by other features and unique attractions. The beautiful scenery is itself an attraction, and hiking and bike trails, as well as scenic roadways, run throughout the Ozark National Forest. Mountain View’s city park has a stone amphitheater and walking trails connecting it with the Ozark Folk Center. The White River, which is known for its trout fishing, also draws many visitors. Mountain View’s thriving downtown area is known for its informal musical gatherings, or “pickings”, that take place on the lawn around the county courthouse. Anyone is free to join Ozark Folk Center musicians for an outdoor concert underneath the shade of the big oak tree on the Court Square for scheduled performances.

Mountain View Courthouse Lawn and Evening Folk Music