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"Mountain View, Arkansas" Mountain View by basstbn

Mountain View Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 67 photos

Music Capitol?

One of the billboards in Mountain View bills itself as the Folk Music Capitol of the World. Quite a tall claim, eh? True or not - it is difficult to imagine a town or city anywhere in the world where a higher percentage of its citizens participate in music-making. And to be fair, there is a lot of art in this town, too.

Mountain View is hard to find, and harder to get to, but it is a gem worth discovering! Nancy and I spent three wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable days in this little Ozark town, and I am ready to go back.

The Town

In spite of its draw as a tourist destination, the town has largely maintained its local identity. Stores close their doors at 5 or 5:30 pm because the shop owners are more concerned about their families (and making music, perhaps) than a few extra dollars from the tourist trade. I doubt there is a person in town who would want Mountain View to become another Branson, Missouri.

The Ozarks

One of the draws of Mountain View, Arkansas, is the Ozark Mountain range in which it is located. Even though this area does not feature the most rugged terrain in the Ozarks, there are a lot of scenic highways and hiking paths to enjoy, as well as streams and rivers to float.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great mountain music, art, food, people
  • Cons:Not much open on Sundays (even restaurants)
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful introduction to Ozark culture, a relaxing vacation!
  • Last visit to Mountain View: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 12:55 PM

    What a lovely olde worlde place, it must have been great to have been part of the blue grass jam in the square! Interesting page Frank, sort of place I would enjoy visiting. (~_~)

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2005 at 10:47 AM

    Sounds so much better than Branson. I would love to visit this area.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2005 at 1:26 PM

    Wonderful page. I love towns like Mountain View. I was through their briefly many years ago - need to spend more time listening to the music next time. Your warning/danger tip is right on for folks like us.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2005 at 4:20 PM

    This town has a nice name :) Thanks for sharing.

  • Sonador3's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2004 at 3:23 PM

    That was a nice peak into a beautiful Southern City, Frank. Great job!!


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