An Arkansas State
Park dedicated to the preservation of the music, crafts, and folklore of The Ozark
Point 20 Details
4.4 mi. between points 19 & 20
Ozark Folk Center is a large complex of things to see and do
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Ozark Folk Center
Directions - From Anglers
go up Hwy 5 about 4.4 miles. Look for Hwy 382 on your right (west) and turn in.The Ozark
Folk Center is an Arkansas State Park dedicated to the preservation of the music, crafts,
and folklore of the Ozark Mountains. It's a definite Must See.
At the red Dulcimer Shop turn onto Highway 382
Street address is 1032 Park Avenue, Mountain View, AR. Phone
Live Bluegrass and Gospel Music Theater
- 20-plus live demonstration booths of Ozark Pioneer crafts & living. An Ozark
Gift shop, and the Skillet Restaurant. Loco Ropes zip lines.
Historic Road - As you
drive up this steep hill on the wide, smooth road, it's fun to contemplate that it took
pioneer ox-drawn wagons three days to get up this hill into Mountain View. Where Anglers
is today was a steamboat stop. Supplies were loaded from the steamboats into ox drawn
carts for the hard haul to Mountain View 6 miles away. The trail was full of rocks and
mud. Men strained at the wagon wheels right along with their oxen. When you visit the Folk
Center you'll learn even more about what the tough Ozark settlers had to do to survive in
this rugged, demanding land. This road is beautiful in fall foliage.
Crafts - The Ozark Folk Center
Crafts Village has over 20 artisans demonstrating Ozark pioneer art, heritage crafts, and
everyday skills used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Basket weaving, broom making,
black smithing, wood stove cooking, pottery making, knife making, weaving, quilting, wood
carving, lye soap making, dress making, herb gardening, coopering, furniture making, doll
making, musical instrument construction, candle making, herb gardens, using the foot
lathe, and more.
Music - American Folk Music is the genre. The Annual Dulcimer
Jamboree, Folk Dance Days, String Band Week, the Annual Autoharp Workshop, and the
Arkansas State Old Time Fiddle Contest are a few of the many events taking place each year
in the Ozark Folk Center Theater. Appalachian clogging, folk humor, storytelling, Irish
dance and music, Celebrity concerts, and tributes honoring Southern music legends are
additional shows. The modern air conditioned indoor theater seats 1,000.
Zip Lines -
Loco Ropes Zip Lines is in the parking lot of the Folk Center. They're open March 1
through November 30, 10am to 5pm. 870-269-6566
Classes & Schools - Various
classes are offered for songwriting, folk instruments, jewelry making, rug weaving, straw
hat making, black smithing, papermaking, chair caning, basket weaving, broom making, knife
making, story telling, woodcarving, leather work, scrimshaw, costume design, wool
clothing, stained glass, art quilting, candle making, gourd decorating, and more. Classes
offered change year to year.
Open Hours - Hours of operation may change
from time to time. In general you can plan on the Folk Center being open Wednesday through
Saturday from mid April until the end of September. In October the Center is open Tuesday
through Sunday, with music concerts Tuesday through Saturday. The Craft Village is open
from 10am until 5pm. Concerts begin at 7pm. The Skillet Restaurant at the Center is open
from 7am until 8pm.
There are so many activities scheduled at the Center it
takes a 30 page Calendar of Events booklet to cover them all. At the Center web site you
can sign up for email updates. Center email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone is
Fees - Separate tickets are sold for
entrance to the Craft Village and Music Auditorium, but rates for each are the same.
Adults are $10, Children 6-12 are $6, and a family ticket is $27.50. The family ticket is
for two named adults in the same household and their children under age 18. Children age 5
and under are free.