Things to Do
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, 3 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. 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. Porches have ceiling fans for summer when the breeze has disappeared. Deer, geese, squirrel and other wildlife are often spotted on the property. Even a bear, mountain lion and bobcats have been spotted over the years.
The area surrounding Mountain View offers some wonderful opportunities for sightseeing day trips. And, this area is a great place for motorcycle riding with lots of winding roads for day rides.
Things to Do in and Around Mountain View
Mountain View has been called the “Folk Music Capital of the World.” Great music is plentiful around Mountain View, which is perhaps best known for the impromptu pick’in sessions that are a nightly event around the court square, weather permitting. Bluegrass, folk music, country, and good fiddle tunes are all within earshot of the courthouse.
In addition to the court square music, there are several excellent professional music shows during the season. Be sure to check on specific show dates, which vary throughout the season.
The Ozark-St. Francis National Forest stretches for over 130,000 acres and is now home to the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail. Click here for a link to the Sylamo Bike Trails. 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 Trail head 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. For the more adventurous, there is a trail from Sylamore which rises to Blanchard Springs Park and continues to the Gunner Pool and Barkshed Recreation Areas within the National Forest.
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 picnic areas, hiking trails, a massive natural spring and a trout lake. 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 adventurous can explore the undeveloped areas of the cave. There are also hiking trails within Blanchard Springs Park.
Ozark Folk Center
Ozark pioneer ways are preserved and demonstrated for visitors at the Ozark Folk Center State Park from April through October. 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, jewelry, blacksmithing, tintype photography, woodcarving and 15 other craft demonstrations. They also offer instructional music workshops, including annual Dulcimer and Autoharp Jamborees, the Resophonic Guitar Festival, Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Workshops, Folk Dance Days the Clawhammer Banjo Weekend. Click here to learn more. Click here to learn more.
For those younger and/or more adventurous folks, a loco ropes course is located just below the lower Folk Center Parking lot. Click here to learn more.
Mountain View now has a disc golf course and hosts an annual tournament. It is located at the city park near the pool.
Although Stone County is dry, just about 45 minutes from Mountain View in Baxter County is a great mini-brewery where you can taste a variety of their specialty beers. They are only open Thursday through Saturday from 12 pm to 8 pm. Click here to learn more.
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 Mountain View.
Canoes, kayaks and rafts can be rented at the White River for arranged float trips down various sections of the White. The Buffalo National River is less than an hour away and float trips can also be arranged on this pristine national treasure.