Good ol Days in Mount Ida

Zoie Clift
Next weekend (May 28-29)
marks Good Ol Days at the Front Porch on the Court House Square in Mount
.  At the festival there will be music including
the Ouachita River Ramblers and Cook Mountain Bluegrass, a car show with
classic cars and motorcycles,blacksmith work to watch, a heritage museum show, and crafts.

If you’ve never been to the town, of note is that rock shops
line the highways in and around Mount Ida. But that is to be expected in a town
that proclaims itself the “Quartz Crystal Capital of the World”. If you
are into crystals, private quartz mines, usually associated with rock shops, allow
visitors a chance to dig their own crystals.

Though renowned for
the quantity of the quartz crystal deposits found in the surrounding Ouachita
Mountains, the town is also know for its outdoor opportunities. To the east, the
40,100-acre Lake Ouachita offers fishing, camping, swimming, sailing, kayaking,
water skiing/wakeboarding, scuba diving, and power boating. Floating and stream
fishing are available on the upper
Ouachita and Caddo rivers. The Ouachita National Forest is home to day-use and scenic spots such as Little Missouri Falls, hiking and backpacking trails, and many miles of
backcountry roads for exploring. 

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