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the wildlife you may see somewhere on our 70 acres!
On Site Activities at Country Oaks
Country Oaks offers guests a variety of activities
without ever having to leave the property. We have a horseshoe
court, two and a half miles
of mowed hiking trails, catch and releasing fishing on
our private 7 acre lake (no fishing license required, and we have
some poles and tackle although we recommend you bring your own),
lawn darts, and for those of you who are "birders", guests
have already identified over 50 varieties
of birds. There are benches along the trails from which you
can observe the spectacular scenery surrounding Country Oaks.
If you'd rather just wile away the day in a
comfortable chair and read, there are two parlors in each of the
buildings, and both buildings have lots of porch space if you enjoy
having the beautiful scenery in the background. Porches have ceiling
fans for summer when the breeze has disappeared.
The area surrounding Mountain View offers some
wonderful opportunities for sight seeing day trips. We are currently
working on a detailed description of several trips we think you
will enjoy. We hope to have that information on our website later
Things To Do in
Mountain View, Arkansas
Mountain View has been called the
"Folk Music Capitol of the World"
Great music is plentiful around Mountain View, which is perhaps
best known for the impromptu picking sessions that are a nightly
event around the courtsquare, weather permitting. Bluegrass, folk
music, country, and good fiddle tunes are all within earshot of
In addition to the courtsquare music,
there are several excellent professional music shows during the
season that are described briefly below. Be sure to check on specific
show dates, which vary throughout the season.Click
here for a list of our live music shows.
130,000 acres National Forest
The Ozark-St. Francis National Forrest stretches
for over 130,000 acres and is now home to the Syllamo Mountain
Bike Trail. The trail is currently 22 miles long and consists
of three interconnecting loops primarily designed for intermediate
and advanced riders. An additional 16 miles are under construction.
The main access to the Syllamo Trailhead is on State Hwy 5 approximately
10 miles north of Mountain View. Other accesses are off Green Mountain
Road approximately seven miles north of Mountain View. (www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark/recreation/syllamo_bike.html)
Ozark Folk Center & Blanchard
Ozark pioneer ways are preserved and displayed
for visitors at the Ozark Folk Center State Park from April
through October. Nearby, the underground splendor, Blanchard Springs
Caverns, has been called "the cave find of the 20th Century."
A popular addition to the regular tours at the caverns is the "Wild
Cave Tours" where the more adventuresome can explore the
undeveloped areas of the cave.
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Ranked among the most beautiful underground
discoveries of the 20th century, Blanchard
Springs Caverns is a limestone cavern located deep in the Ozark
National Forest, 15 miles north of Mountain View. It is the only
developed cave system operated by the U.S. Forest Service and is
open throughout the year. Lighted walkways lead to stunning
formations and massive rooms, one as large as six football fields.
Nearby, Blanchard Springs Recreational Use Area provides scenic
campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, a massive natural spring
and a trout lake.
Ozark Folk Center
The Ozark Folk Center is the only park in America
devoted to the preservation of Southern mountain folkways and music.
The Ozark Folk Center is a "living museum" of traditional
pioneer skills, such as furniture making, quilting, blacksmithing,
tintype photography, woodcarving and 15 other craft demonstrations.
The Folk Center also offers instructional music
events, including annual Dulcimer and Autoharp Jamborees, the Resophonic
Guitar Festival, Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Workshops, Folk
Dance Days the Clawhammer Banjo Weekend.
The Ozark Folk School, held each spring,
offers workshops in a wide variety of Ozark heritage crafts and
traditional Southern mountain music taught by skilled artisans.
The park also offers a restaurant, library, conference center, visitor
center and gift shop. (www.ozarkfolkcenter.com
White River Trout Fishing
Internationally famous for its beauty and great
fishing, the White flows through the Ozark Mountains and across
the Delta (over 700 miles) before joining the Mississippi River.
White River trout fishing is nationally renowned, and the
river is only eight miles from Blanchard Springs. The current and
previous world-record German brown trout were pulled from Arkansas
Ozark Mountain rivers.
Trout fishing below U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers-built dams is a major draw. A rainbow trout estimated
at 24.7 pounds was caught and released on North Fork River, a major
tributary of the White, in the fall of 2002.