Great mountain music, art, food, people
Not much open on Sundays (even restaurants)
Beautiful Mountain Landscapes, Spring Water Swimming holes
Northern Arkansas has so many beautiful natural left to explore. On one of the canoeing trips on the Buffalo National River we decided to camp out. We simply pulled up to a shoreline, set up camp.Be aware that the shores are very stony and be aware that there are some spots along the river that are privately owned (well marked or inhabited)more
This is where I learned to canoe and kayak. The white river was nice, but the Buffalo national river was better and more interesting. I'm thinking it might be one of the only wild rivers left in America, but I could be wrong. But, if you're in Arkansas, pick up a canoe and paddle!I'll give a recommendation/address for Wild Bills to rent canoes...more
I can't wait until I have a scanner to share all of the pictures I have. I worked in the caverns and was very lucky to go on private tours with my fellow volunteers. It was ranked as the Second Most Beautiful Caverns to Sonora Caverns in New Mexico (all white formations I believe in the country, as well it should be. This was the best experience of...more
There are only the streets around the square and a few more extending blocks. The Courthouse stands in the square and the bandstand at the East lower edge. There are craft shops, one with good iron work(pictured ). Most of the buildings are of field stone and in good repair. There are a few paces to eat or get sweets. Out of town are a dulcimer...more
It was a not open day but we were not disapponted. Asmall group were holding forth in t ebandstand at the edge of the courthouse square, and we ambled up. One of the manifestations of our family's love of music is "get-together" performances of flok and popular music in "country-pickin" (Bluegrass) style. The 3 sons are quite good together. On this...more
If you're in Mountain View and need something to do at night go to the Stone Drive-in Movie Theatre. It's out on HWY 67 just outside of Mountain View. Goto their website to see how to get there. There is no sign so you have to look closely when you get in the area to find it.more
Our Mountain View stay was not all music-related. Besides visiting Blanchard Springs and Cavern, we drove around the beautiful countryside, including the White River area shown in the adjacent photo. For those into fishing, boating, kayaking, floating, etc., there are many opportunities for that.more
The facility is a little run down, and like most motel/hotels they have cut back on amenities, but...more
Hc 72 Box 4
Good for: Business
619 Sylamor Avenue, Mountain View, Arkansas, 72560, United States
While living in Mountain View, I didn't cook so I ate many of my meals at Sonic and became enamored with it. You don't have many choices in such a small town and the food here is friendly and good (albeit fast food). Something to consider for a one time stop. The drinks - blue coconut slush and cherry limeades!!!more
We researched the Mountain View area before our trip there and were looking forward to dinner at Dogwood Hollow on our first night there. This restaurant did not live up to its advertising in our opinion. My husband said the steak was good but nothing special. Their steak menu is adequate but pricy for what you get compared to other restaurants...more
This is the eatery at the Ozark Folk Center. It is also in close conjunction with a nice hotel (Dry Creek Lodge). The staff are friendly and the cooking is more than "simple" and tastily prepared. All three meals are served, so you do not have to search for sustenance. Standard American fare is also served so children will not starve. The...more
The ouside might not look like much but the inside has some of the best BBQ and Pizza you'll ever find. Yes, I said that right, BBQ and Pizza served in the same restaurant! BBQ is Memphis style so you better like pork if you decide to try the BBQ. Tommy's is only open during the evening. Pizzamore
There are a number of theatres with mountain music shows in the evenings: The Ozark Fok Center Auditorium, Brickshy's Backstreet Theatre, Jimmy Driftwood Barn, Cash's White River Hoedown, John Taylor's Laid Back Pickin', etc. And, as mentioned in my "Don't Miss Activities" guide, jam sessions around the town square, so there should no excuse for just sitting around your room at night, unless you're plum tuckered out!
One thing we learned - the list of performers at many venues varies each evening, so ask around, starting with somebody local at wherever you're staying, for recommendations on the best place to go that particular night.
Dress Code: Nothing will get you stared at like dressing up fancy - no ties, no coats. A cowboy hat or a baseball cap will fit in nicely - as long as it's not clean and new.
it is hard to explore mountain view without a car. there is no public transportation. on the east side of town, a small airport takes tiny private planes.from conway or anywhere farther west, and skipping shortcuts (see alternative route below), take I-40 east to highway 65 north ("conway"), then arkansas route 66 east ("leslie"), NOT arkansas...more
most of the terrain in town is flat, so altho walking with crutches or a cane may be a little slow, it is not too difficult as long as you stay on the sidewalks and watch out for the cracks in the cement.the ease of wheelchair access is slightly less predictable, but only on main street (south side of the downtown square) and parts of the other...more
34 Reviews and Opinions
You can watch McSpadden dulcimers and autoharps being crafted through the big picture windows at the back of the store, then pick out an instrument to take home. There is also a bountiful supply of music books and recordings, as well as lots of better quality mementos on sale. Nancy had often thought she might like to have a dulcimer, so we picked...more
There are a number of fine stores around the town square in Mountain View. I particularly recommend the Arkansas Craft Gallery at 104 E. Main Street, less than a block from the square. All items are handcrafted in Arkansas, chosen from a 250 member juried cooperative. NOTE - These stores all close at 5 or 5:30 in the afternoon. These storeowners...more
When a famous entertainer performs and the public is aware of it, the turnout may be enormous, even in an "Off the Beaten Path" place like Mountain View. Tickets were obtainable without going to the Box Office. This line outside the Performance Center shows how foolish it would be not to have obtained tickets ahead (especially if you drove 2 1/2...more
It was high season 2005. All my European experiences should have made me look. It was such a balmy Monday that we decided to drive over to Mountain View and partake of the fun. We did NOT look in any book (and it does not appear in VT!!. )The people in Mountain View are laid back. The stores close at 5-5:30 PM, the tourists can "git out"!...more
You MAY just fall in love with this town. A fellow guest (from Florida) at the Inn was on his fifteenth visit, and has now purchased two parcels of land, one on a lake, another on top of a hill overlooking a beautiful river valley. He is now trying to decide on which to build his home. The cost of living here is low, especially taxes. However, it...more
Shoes for hiking in the mountains
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent
Photo Equipment: I rarely use my video camcorder, but pulled it out to record some of the music-making. You can't really show the home folks what Mountain View is like with still photos.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We saw some nice camp grounds, especially around Sylamore Creek and at the Blanchard Springs Park, so if you like to camp, this is a good area for you.
Miscellaneous: Easily portable lawn chairs come in handy when you're wandering around listening to various musicians on the town square.
This tip is added in honor of my daughter Allison, a fifth grade teacher whom I love and respect deeply. (All I could remember seeing at this "town" was a gas station, a bridge over the White River, and this sign.)
Here's to you, Allison!
The preservation of Arkansas rural folk music and craft traditions in Mountain View stems from the efforts of a local highschool teacher who derived some fame in the 1940-60 period under the stage name of Jimmy Driftwood. He had the support of a group of locals (one a Grandpa Jones) who formed a team called the Rackensack Society whom he did...more
the focus of the entire town of mountain view is music, especially old-timey music, which includes for these purposes early country, folk, bluegrass, traditional/appalachian, and gospel.the ozark folk center has professional shows featuring these types of music, but you can hear much of the same music for free at jimmy driftwood's barn (the name of...more