Introduction to Mountain View, AR and Stone County ~ by Sage Holland
Whether you are a backpacker, day hiker, caver, canoeist, kayaker, mountain biker, road biker, motorcyclist ,fishing addict, birder, wildlife tracker, herbalist, botanist, photographer, horseback rider, arts and crafts lover, or passionate about traditional Bluegrass or Folk Music, Stone County and Mountain View, Arkansas should be on your radar.
The Ozark St. Francis National Forest and the Blanchard Springs and Cavern National Park has dramatic bluff lined rivers and creeks, hardwood forests, steep valleys and mountain tops, moss and fern laden rock formations with multiple trail systems that weave throughout the fingers and branches of the Boston and Ozark Mountain Range. This labyrinth of watersheds are full of ways of enjoying adventure in a pure natural setting. With different choices every day!
The nearby Buffalo River is the first National Scenic River ways. It is unfettered and free. Also in close proximity to the White River, North and South Sylamore Creek and the Middle Fork of the Little Red river all with varying levels of challenge for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hunting.
The Sylamo and Blanchard forest management areas boast world class mountain Biking – rated EPIC by the IMBA – on a variety of seriously challenging to moderately challenging trails with overlooks after nearly each hill climb.
Within the same area is the legendary Blanchard Springs and Caverns, one of the USA’s most well preserved living cave systems with cathedral rooms the size of temples underground with multiple tours including Christmas Carol tours through the cave in December.
The town of Mountain View is about 15 miles from the access to National and State Park recreation system’s with events like The Ozark Folk Festivals in April, The Off the Beaten Path studio tours in September, The Bluegrass Festivals in March and November and Bean Fest with outhouse races ad Juried arts show in October.
Just North of the old town square is The Ozark Folk Center with a large program of music shows from around the state and nation with Local specialist of Crafts though History. There is a National Herb festival with regular herb programs including a herbal feast. The Folk Center hosts the National Dulcimer championships and also the State Fiddle Competitions. The Old Town Square is filled with music too, especially in the warmer summer months just because playing music is what folks like to do together in the small community.
You will also find antiques shops, a local Ironworks gallery, Music shops with instrument building happening on site, several restaurants and boutiques are in and around the square as well as the states only location for the Arkansas Craft Guild Art Gallery. If you want to take classes in the arts or organic gardening, check out The Arkansas Craft School website and the Meadow creek Inc wildlife retreat center outside of Fox.
The list goes on so we hope you will make a tradition of visiting us.
Sage has been one of the longest-running contemporary Glass Bead Makers in the country, giving demonstrations and presentations to the International Society of Glass Bead Makers (ISGB) Gatherings since its inception. She teaches locally at the Arkansas Craft School.
She is one of our countless artisans living and working in the hills around Mountain View. She is a tireless advocate for our trails, local government, and close-knit community. As a fearless ambassador for our area we are honored to share her Welcome below.
Visit her online at beauxbead.com.