Established in the 1870s, the town of Mountain View, AR is famous for the preservation of folkways and traditional music. It was natural for the Arkansas Folk Festival to be founded here in the early 1960s, and the Ozark Folk Center State Park followed in 1973. Music plays a vital part of the aura of the area as, historically, Saturday nights would find locals at a "pickin'"; in a neighbor's house or yard. The custom continues today and once the weather gets warm, usually around April in time to ring in the town's annual Folk Festival, musicians join locals and play music late into the night hours. The season is from Mid-April through late November. The Mt. View Folklore Society Music Hall on Franklin Street also provides music and dance every Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. October - April. Music is not only vital, it is the soul of the town and there is a determination to keep the tradition alive through programs such as the Music Roots Program, where via the local school system, area musicians teach young people to play the old tunes on traditional string instruments.
Once visitors to Mountain View, Arkansas get their fill of music, they can roam downtown, which hosts music stores, antique shops, and places to refuel such as at Tommy's Famous Pizza, Kin Folks Bar-B-Q, or Dogwood Hollow Steakhouse, home of a mean Blackened Ribeye Steak. The state's largest craft cooperative, the Arkansas Crafts Guild, is also headquartered in the historic downtown area. There are numerous B&Bs in Mountain View, AR, if an overnight vacation experience is what one is after. These include Country Oaks B&B, Wildflower B&B, The Inn at Mountain View, Ozark Country Inn, and Country Charm B&B.
Visitors to Mountain View, Arkansas can also take in a bit of the flavor and culture of the area at the Ozark Folk Center, which has been coined as the nation's only center that preserves Ozark heritage and presents it as living history. The town, located deep in the Ozarks is surrounded by mountains and rivers, offering outdoor activities that include caving at Blanchard Springs Caverns and fly fishing on the White River. The 50-mile Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail is also nearby, a trail recently designated by The International Mountain Biking Association as an "Epic Ride," a status only 37 trails across the nation currently hold. Outside Magazine recently listed the trail as one of the Top 20 Outdoor Destinations in the nation.
Expect a two-hour drive from Little Rock. Take I-40 W until exit 125, when you hit US 65 North. After about 40 miles, veer right onto AR-9. Follow AR-9 for 35 miles, until you hit Mountain View.