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Ozark Folk Center State Park

The Basics

Ozark Folk Center State Park
1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR 72560

Phone: (870) 269-3851

Directions: At the end of Hwy 382 (Jimmy Driftwood) in Mountain View, Arkansas

About Ozark Folk Center

The Ozark Folk Center is a unique State Park dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Ozarks heritage through traditional Ozarks crafts, music, and herbs gardening. Live music performances, traditional craft demonstrations, apprentice workshops, natural herb gardening, and programs for children and seniors are the theme here at this living state park.

Music. Music has always played an inportant role in the lives of Ozark Mountain folk. Folk dance tunes and songs from the south offer a glimpse into the hearts and lives of early settlers. Fiddles and banjos have always been a favorite of of the region, but visitors to the park will also enjoy the sounds and music of guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, autoharps, and other acoustic instruments.

Many folk musicians of regional and national fame perform during the park's evening concerts, as well as additional performances throughout the day. The Ozark Folk Center offers many instructional music events during the year, including the Annual Dulcimer Jamboree, Folk Dance Days, String Band Week, and an annual Autoharp Workshop.

Crafts. The main focal point of the Ozark Folk Center is the Craft Village. Here, 24 traditional Ozarks crafts are made by local talented artists, including basket weaving, broom making, blacksmithing, pottery, knife making, quilting, wood carving, and so much more. An annual Ozark Folk School is offered for those who wish to learn some of these demonstrations more in-depth.

Herbs. Home to one of the most diverse organic herb gardens in the world, the gardens at the Ozark Folk Center are actually many small herb gardens planted throughout the park. Many different types of herb gardens are here for your enjoyment and study, including kitchen herbs, medicinal herbs, roses, herbs for dye and cloth making, and many more. Click here to learn more about the gardens.

The Cabins at Dry Creek. Down home Ozark Mountain hospitality is available at Ozark Folk Center's Cabins at Dry Creek. With newly renovated room, these cabins boast two queen sized beds, wireless internet, cable TV, telephone, mini-refrigerators, iron and ironing board, and coffee pot. Large windows and glass doors lead to small porches with great views of the surrounding forest. The Cabins at Dry Creek office offers a game room and swimming pool for guests as well. Guests who stay in the cabins receive discount coupons for music and craft show tickets. Click here for current rates.

Skillet Restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner throught the season, the Skillet Restaurant offers great down home cooking in a cozy, casual atmosphere. Dining rooms are constructed in stone, natural cedar, and glassed enclosures that overlook scenic gardens and wildlife viewing stations. A water garden lures in birds, raccoons, foxes, squirrels, and the occasional black bear to drink from its clear water. Inside, guests can enjoy a country menu, weekend buffets, and many herbal event meals offered throughout the year, highlighting recipies from gourmet chefs using native herbs and plants found in the park and surrounding Ozark Mountains.

Features & Facilities

Visitor Center | Gift Shop | Exhibits | Theaters | Music Shows | Craft Demonstrations | Herb Gardens | Ozark Folk School | Picnic Area/Tables | Restaurant | Cabins | Restrooms

Activities Available

Music | Crafts | Herbs | Folk Schools

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