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Ozark Folk Center State Park

Box 500, Mountain View, AR 72560
870-269-3851
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, State Parks, Theaters
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: The Ozark Folk Center is a people place,dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Ozark Mountain crafts and music.Visitors can see... more » Owner description: The Ozark Folk Center is a people place,dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Ozark Mountain crafts and music.Visitors can see presentations and demonstrations of the Ozark crafts and music, living history enactments and other special events that highlight this lifestyle. Apprentice and workshop programs pass these skills of the Ozark people to a new generation.As you visit the Folk Center, make your first stop the General Store near the parking lot. From here,buses will take you to the top of the Folk Center’s hill to the Ozark Folk Center Theater and the Crafts Village. « less
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Fort Worth, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Delightful step into our Ozark heritage.... Musicians around town square, artisans at folk center. Stayed in lodge at center and had marvelous wooden deck. Restaurant served yummy food for average costs while enjoying scenic views. Furnishings simpler but nice for price.

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Heber Springs, Arkansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

When we arrived we parked at the bottom of the hill. It was quite a trek up to the entrance. (They usually have a tram running during peak season.) The staff at the gift store were very helpful and had smiling faces. Several of the stores weren't open, but the ones who were open were very kind. Lots of the... More

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ADPT-Region-5, Administrative Specialist III at Ozark Folk Center State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your visit to Ozark Folk Center State Park. We are glad you enjoyed our special spring break activities, and we hope you will come see us again when the park is fully open on Tuesdays through Saturdays during our April-November season. More

Austin, TX
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Not much goes on here in the dead of winter, but they throw an annual quilt retreat in February, and it is excellent. From what returnees told me, it gets better every year. All of the folk artists I met were friendly and informative, and some were a hoot! I'm thinking about visiting in the summer, when the craft demonstrations... More

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Washburn, Missouri, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Be prepared to step back into the past. Experience the skills of independent living as you watch the craftsmen and women demonstrate how our ancestors lived from day to day in the Ozarks of the 1800s. You can see everything from blacksmithing, to cooking to quilting. There is something there for everyone. A great family experience.

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ADPT-Region-5, Administrative Specialist III at Ozark Folk Center State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Ozark Folk Center State Park. We appreciate your comments and look forward to seeing you again. More

Fort Smith, Arkansas,USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

LocoRopes is a fun outside adventure place during warm weather. Was not open at this visit, but have been there before and loved it. Restaurant there is plenty good, hiking, old timey museum area and nice park views.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

To me the music is the best part…however, I have visited so many times it is hard to pick just one thing. I like it all…it is fun to learn how we "used to" make things and probably still should.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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312 reviews 312 reviews
127 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This state park does have an excellent restaurant "Skillet Restaurant" - with wonderful, delicious food and cute decor. The park does not have hiking trials or a lake or nature programs. The park's main attraction is the Crafts Village & Music Auditorium. I would NOT recommend the Craft Village. If you have ever been to Silver Dollar City in Branson,... More

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Gladstone, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We walked from hut to hut and viewed various craftsmen and craftswomen demonstrating their trade. Bead maker, quilter, basket maker, blacksmith, gunsmith, knife shop, jewelry maker...can't remember everything we saw. The craftsmen and craftswomen were friendly and enjoyed talking about their work. Many lovely items to purchase. Excellent learning opportunity for young and old alike. Definitely worth a visit!

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Greenwood, Arkansas
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

A few crafters on old time crafts. One fiddle player. No shows, no rides, no children entertainment. Good for teaching kids but not as all around fun destination. They do have a show at night in the auditorium. Once was enough for me on this one. No need to repeat it.

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Paola, KS
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We enjoyed watching craftsmen make things by hand. Everything from brooms to jewelry being crafted as we watched. The crafts themselves were inexpensive. Almost everyone working there was polite and informative. ( the spinning top guy was a bit over the top ) We are planning another visit just two weeks after we found the place. This time we hope... More

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