Things to Do in Mountain View, Arkansas
Arkansas is Full of Hidden Secrets, Mountain View is one of them.
Arkansas (the Natural State) is aptly nicknamed, because it is one of the most awe-inspiring states in the Midwest in terms of natural beauty. As a resident of Arkansas, I have especially come to love her mountains and streams...from the Ozarks to the Ouachitas.
Scattered throughout these mountains are also small towns and communities that are hard not to love. Many have a habit of latching onto you and not letting go once you have been exposed to them. Some may say it is the charm of the locals and the laid-back pace that beckons visitors to return time and time again. I believe it has much to do with the natural setting and historicity of these towns as well.
Mountain View, AR
Mountain View, Arkansas (known as the Folk Music Capital of the World) is one such town that has a habit of calling me back. With a population of 3,101 it is neither too big or small for a nice family vacation. As a nature-lover and family man, I look for activities that are enjoyable for me, my wife, AND two young children. Because the sluggish economy is affecting my family, like many others, I am budget-conscious when planning a getaway. Mountain View suits our wallet and taste for adventure.
Lots of Picking and Grinning
Things to Do in Mountain View:
As a folk and bluegrass music-lover’s paradise, Mountain View draws people from miles around to its daily jam sessions and annual festivals. Most evenings (weather permitting) will find groups of jammers huddled around the historic courthouse lawn or on the nearby pickin’ porch of Mountain View Music. Aunt Minnie’s Yellow House also boasts a large, airy porch just right for picking and a nice gift shop to boot. The Jimmy Driftwood Barn and Cash’s White River Hoedown offer low-cost music and comedy that is suitable for the entire family. Kids are often encouraged to bring instruments and play onstage at the Jimmy Driftwood Barn and kids 16 and under get free entry to Cash’s.
A shopping experience that a man would enjoy can be had on and off the square. During business hours, it is nice to stroll along the square and pop into the many businesses that line the street. You can find anything from antiques to ironworks as well as gift items. An off-the-square family favorite of ours is Mellon’s Country Store and Museum. Abounding with collectibles, vintage signs, and wooden toys; it looks, smells, and feels like an old country store would. You truly feel like you have stepped back in time.
There are several ice cream parlors to keep the kids happy and nice, reasonably-priced eateries to keep the adults happy. Locals will tell you for the best pizza, southern BBQ, and Baby back ribs; look no further than Tommy’s Famous Pizza. With many awards to back up the locals taste buds, Tommy’s is indeed a do-not-miss eatery.
Hiking trails and parks surround the area to please outdoorsmen (and women) of all ages. The popular Sylamore Creek trail is a breathtaking mix of bluffs and water as it follows the winding Sylamore Creek. This trail is one of my favorites in Arkansas for its amazing scenery and moderate rating. The world-class Syllamo Mountain Biking trail in the Mountain View area is a must for avid mountain-bikers. It is on my to-do list. For the spelunker in the family, Blanchard Springs caverns are only a short drive from Mountain View. Visitors can stay a cool 60 degrees year around in this fascinating walk-through cave. There are also several parks in the area for the kids to stretch their legs…one is right off the square.
So whether you are passing through the Natural State or looking for a great Ozark mountain getaway, slow down and enjoy one of the true gems that Arkansas has to offer.
I'll see ya there!