"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mountain View, AR



We arrived in Mountain View on Tuesday and got set up in a small rv park.  Sites were pretty close together, but with a Casita it doesn’t really matter.  One of our group was to be in a hammered dulcimer workshop for three days, and the rest of us just spent the time enjoying the area.


There were old swinging bridges scattered around the countryside which spanned some beautiful Ozark mountain streams.



Swimming hole! I’m sure those rocks have been climbed thousands of times through the years.


Mountain View bills itself as the Folk Music Capitol of the Country.  It is home to the Ozark Folk Center State Park which uses living history exhibits to keep the mountain culture alive.  Examples of most everything that was a part of mountain life years ago.  The music of the area is also a major priority at the park.


The town itself is also into music.  It’s easy to see that the economy of the area is driven by folks that come to play, and listen to the music.  Every night of the week, there are people playing around the town.  On porch’s, around the courthouse square, or in the local park.  Singles or groups,  country, folk, or mountain; there is something for most anyone if you like acoustic music.






I even ran across an instrument that I might be able to play.  Not too sure, as I was kicked out of the rhythm band back when I was in first grade.  I couldn’t play the sticks, correctly.  Always wanting to hit them together at the wrong time.  It’s possible that my timing has improved since then.  I’m going to get me a folding metal chair and try out my next time in the area.


Overall, we had a great time in the area. Lots of things we didn’t do such as trout fishing in the White River, exploring Blanchard Springs Caverns, and hitting all the little mom and pop café’s.  All the reason to return, again…….


  1. Gorgeous photos of my home state--Thanks!

  2. What an interesting place!! So glad to see American culture being kept pure. Love it!!

  3. Beautiful pics and it looks like a lot of fun was had by all. Enjoyed you post.

  4. We took our Casita there last fall and LOVED the place. We stayed in a camp ground where we could walk to the Folk Center through a gate.
    We hope to make it back there again this fall. We LOVE that music!
    We then went north to Mammoth springs and spent the night there before heading home to Jefferson City Missouri!
    Safe travels,


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