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11. Mountain View, Arkansas - American Folk Music Center

The Ozarks are low mountains that spread over a highland area in northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas. The highest hills are nearly 3,000 feet high.

The Ozarks are best known for their "hollows", the small valleys nestled between in the hills, and the famous stump where, when you passed it, you left $2, went around the bend, and came back to pick your jug of good ol' Mountain Dew. Besides having a folksy culture, there's also some of the best brown trout fishing in America there.

Mountain View, Arkansas is located in the Ozarks and is the home of the Beanfest, the Ozark Folk Center, outhouse races, and more American Folk music than you could shake a dried hickory stick at.
Pickers come from all over America to sit on the lawn near the courthouse to play music. Informal groups form in the afternoon and play until midnight on warm nights. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, standing base fiddles, harmonicas, banjos play as jammers take turns singing the verses. There are also at least 6 stages around town where folk music can be heard every night during the year - except on Easter and Christmas.

It's a hoot.