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Ozark Folk Center

An Arkansas State Park dedicated to the preservation of the music, crafts, and folklore of The Ozark Mountains.
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4.4 mi. between points 19 & 20

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Ozark Folk Center is a large complex of things to see and do

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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.

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At the red Dulcimer Shop turn onto Highway 382

Street address is 1032 Park Avenue, Mountain View, AR. Phone 870-269-3851

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 ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com. Phone is 870-269-3851or www.ozarkfolkcenter.com

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.

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