Ozark Folk Center State Park

Ozark Folk Center

Ozark Folk Center State Park

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Discover the cultural heritage of Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains through traditional crafts, mountain music and Southern cuisine at this folk center.

The Ozark Folk Center is a state park aimed at educating visitors about the rich cultural legacy of the region. Meet with blacksmiths and basket weavers, take a seat in the 1,000-seat auditorium to listen to concerts by local celebrities and explore the center’s heritage herb garden to learn about the indigenous plants and traditional cuisine of the Ozarks. Two on-site restaurants serve traditional Southern dishes while lodges in the park allow visitors to stay the weekend surrounded by the mountain terrain.

Begin your trip to the Ozark Folk Center by exploring the craft village. Speak with storeowners, who wear traditional attire, to hear about the customs and crafts of the region. Stop by the blacksmith to learn how metal items have been made in the Ozarks for centuries. Basket weavers, knife makers and potters can all be found within the craft village.

Take in some live music from local musicians in the craft village music pavilion. Daily concerts feature various styles of local folk music, including string bands and bluegrass groups. Visit in the evening to take in larger shows with multiple acts in the Ozark Folk Center auditorium. Each April since 1963, the center has hosted the famous Ozarks Folk Festival, an event during which you can see world-famous groups over a single weekend.

Taste the flavors of the mountains by dining at one of the two restaurants in the park. Visit the Smoke House for barbecued and smoked meats in a casual environment or take a seat at the Skillet Restaurant for Southern food. Gaze through the wide window panels of the restaurant to watch native animals in their natural habitat.

The Ozark Folk Center is located just outside the town of Mountain View, 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Little Rock. The center has a season that operates from late March until late November and is closed Sundays and Mondays during these times. Accommodation is available year-round in cabins in the park. A fee applies to visit the craft center and auditorium.

Top Hotels Close to Ozark Folk Center State Park

The Parkwood Inn & Suites
The Parkwood Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
601 Sylamore Ave, Mountain View, AR, 72560
The price is $90 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this motel in Mountain View. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (226 reviews)
"Didn’t like the no breakfast"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

The Parkwood Inn & Suites
Folk Cabin! Secluded Modern 2 BR/2 Full Bath Cabin just behind Ozark Folk Center
Folk Cabin! Secluded Modern 2 BR/2 Full Bath Cabin just behind Ozark Folk Center
Mountain View, AR
Stay at this cabin in Mountain View. Enjoy WiFi, a garden, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions Ozark ...
5/5 Exceptional! (84 reviews)
Friends getaway
"We have stayed at this cabin before and loved it so much we came back for another stay. The cabin is great and we love the location and will stay again next year if not before. Highly recommend it 😊"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Folk Cabin! Secluded Modern 2 BR/2 Full Bath Cabin just behind Ozark Folk Center
NEW! Peaceful ‘Mountain Air’ Getaway w/ Fire Pit!
NEW! Peaceful ‘Mountain Air’ Getaway w/ Fire Pit!
Mountain View, AR
Stay at this property in Mountain View. Enjoy a porch, barbecue grills, and a balcony or patio. Popular attractions Ozark Folk Center State Park and Jimmy Driftwood ...
NEW! Peaceful ‘Mountain Air’ Getaway w/ Fire Pit!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Ozark Folk Center State Park

Days Inn by Wyndham Mountain View
Days Inn by Wyndham Mountain View
2 out of 5
703 E Main St, Mountain View, AR, 72560
The price is $55 per night from May 22 to May 23
Days Inn by Wyndham Mountain View
The Parkwood Inn & Suites
The Parkwood Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
601 Sylamore Ave, Mountain View, AR, 72560
The price is $90 per night from May 22 to May 23
The Parkwood Inn & Suites
Folk Cabin! Secluded Modern 2 BR/2 Full Bath Cabin just behind Ozark Folk Center
Folk Cabin! Secluded Modern 2 BR/2 Full Bath Cabin just behind Ozark Folk Center
Mountain View, AR
Folk Cabin! Secluded Modern 2 BR/2 Full Bath Cabin just behind Ozark Folk Center
NEW! Peaceful ‘Mountain Air’ Getaway w/ Fire Pit!
NEW! Peaceful ‘Mountain Air’ Getaway w/ Fire Pit!
Mountain View, AR
NEW! Peaceful ‘Mountain Air’ Getaway w/ Fire Pit!
Show Home--Local Builder offers home to overnight guests.  Custom farm/craftsman
Show Home--Local Builder offers home to overnight guests. Custom farm/craftsman
Mountain View, AR
Show Home--Local Builder offers home to overnight guests. Custom farm/craftsman
Dogwood Motel
Dogwood Motel
2 out of 5
1308 E Main St, Mountain View, AR, 72560
The price is $60 per night from May 22 to May 23
Dogwood Motel
Cute home in Mountain View Close to White River and Town Square
Cute home in Mountain View Close to White River and Town Square
Mountain View, AR
The price is $141 per night from May 21 to May 22
Cute home in Mountain View Close to White River and Town Square
306 Dogwood
306 Dogwood
Mountain View, AR
306 Dogwood
Granny Cottage ~ on Main Street
Granny Cottage ~ on Main Street
Mountain View, AR
The price is $73 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Granny Cottage ~ on Main Street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.