Located on 640 acres near the Ozark mountains and the town of Mountain View, Arkansas, Ozark Folk Center State Park captures the beauty of the mountains and the history of the Ozarks. The center hosts a wide variety of activities that depict the Ozark heritage. Music and crafts are the biggest draw for visitors coming to the Ozarks for the first time.
Workshops on pioneer crafts are popular. Traditional American folk music classes with concerts featuring local artists provide entertainment and preserve this type of music for future generations. Classes on growing herbs in a herb garden are quite useful for those who like to garden. The premise of the classes is to promote and preserve a way of life that is quickly disappearing off the landscape.
The center offers the opportunity to hear traditional folk music and participate in tributes to national and local folk music artists. Folk Dance Days, Appalachian clogging and other events such as the Old Time Fiddle contest ensure that the center remains busy all year around. The center's Craft Village provide independent crafts businesses the opportunity to display their handmade crafts and sell them. Visitors to the craft village are given the opportunity to learn how to create candles, baskets and other items.
While in Mountain View, you really should explore the Blanchard Springs Caverns. Known as a "living" cave, the Blanchard Springs Caverns provide a fascinating exploration of rock formations and crystals. Hiking the trails along the Sylamore District of the Ozarks also offers endless possibilities for exploration. The annual Mountain View Bluegrass Festival held every November is not to be missed by fans of traditional bluegrass music.