Stone County Invites you to visit starting today! Folk Festival, Loco Ropes, Ozark Folk Center, Blanchard Caverns, Fishing, Trail Rides – FAMILY FRIENDLY!


Permanent vacations start today at Mountain View and all of Stone County!  Come alone or bring a big family, you will find so much to do and see you won’t want to leave, and you will certainly be back!

There are creeks and rivers to be visited and fished and kayaked, the great Blanchard Caverns to be toured, and take a wild ride on Loco Ropes for a hair-raising adventure!  No matter what your hobbies are, you will find all you want right here in Mountain View and Stone County.






Concerts – Workshops – Feasts – Festivals – There’s always something great going on at The Ozark Folk Center.   The Ozark Folk Center is now open for the season with Craft Village, Skillet Restaurant, Gift Shop, Smokehouse, General Store.  Family fun and food and culture! You may spend hours or several days here and never experience it all.

Downtown Mountain View is where you need to be this weekend. 56th Annual Spring Folk Festival starts Friday, April 20, celebration featuring handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations, a parade, lots of “folk, mountain and bluegrass” music, dancing on the Courthouse Square and delicious food. A great family fun event! The Ozark Folk Center open for the season has free admission to the Crafts Village during this weekend. Free Shuttle from downtown to the Ozark Folk Center on Saturday.  There is shopping and eating all around the square and live music in every little pocket, porch or patch of space.  Special singing and a parade will all be going  this weekend!  Family fun!

April 27 and 28th is the Dulcimer Festival, with workshops, jams and special concerts for all!

Loco Ropes is located right by the Ozark Folk Center, and there will be flying through the air fun and laughter filling the air.  Be sure and don’t miss this opportunity, you can’t find these places just anywhere.


Mountain View is known for its music, scenic beauty and family events!  Be sure and visit Mountain View Chamber web site and Facebook pages as well as Ozark Folk Center for specifics.

This is a favorite place to be for many folks, so come on over!!


Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.