Mountain View Things to Do: Most Challenging Hiking Trails

If you are planning a physically challenging weekend getaway, you should seriously consider the little but not-so-sleepy town of Mountain View. Things to do are perfect for teenagers who would prefer something more exciting than looking at the age old exhibits in a museum. It will also be a great outing for a bunch of over-worked professionals who need to unwind. Go hiking, swimming, bird-watching, camping or just simply bonding with friends and family. The serenity of a town nestled right in the heart of the Eastern Ozark Mountains is sure to bring harmony and inner peace to anyone who goes there. Below are the two well-tread but well-cared for nature trails of Mountain View.

North Sylamore Trail
Ozark National Forest, Sylamore Ranger District
Hwy. 14 North Henderson Building
Mountain View, Arkansas 72560
(870) 269-3228

While you may absolutely enjoy your stay in your idyllic Mountain View Inn, your Mountain View experience will not be complete if you haven't experienced the awesome sights and sounds of the famous North Sylamore Trail. Seasoned hikers and nature-lovers recommend that you go hiking in the fall to witness the magnificent mix of red and golden leaves as you hike downstream next to the clear waters of the North Sylamore Creek, which makes up much of the reputation of Mountain View. Things to do are aplenty, but camping is highly recommended. There are designated campsites in Blanchard Springs, Gunner Pool and Barkshed Campgrounds. If you choose to camp off-trail, make sure you leave the environment clean and as close to its original condition as possible. You can also cool off in the spring-sourced pools or appreciate the Arkansas biodiversity of plants and animals.

Sylamore Section, Ozark Highlands Trail
Ozark National Forest, Sylamore Ranger District
Hwy. 14 North Henderson Building
Mountain View, Arkansas 72560
(870) 269-3228

From the comforts of your Mountain View Bed and Breakfast, climb up to the town's Ozark Highlands Trail Extension for some nature-tripping with your family, friends or co-workers. The trail, which is also known as the Sylamore Section, is composed of 31 miles of the imposing 165-mile long Ozark Highlands Trail. The Sylamore Extension doesn't run right next to the Sylamore Creek. In fact, it's located a little higher up in the steep mountains, so there's less time to go down and take a little dip, but you get an excellent view of the breathtaking Sylamore Creek while you're hiking, and you can still listen to the quiet sounds of rippling waters from a distance.
 
The beauty of these two hiking trails is nurtured and preserved by nature-lovers, hikers and volunteers who come to Mountain View. Things to do while on these trails are plenty and exciting, but you should always remember that the town is opening these trails up for free. When you visit the town and opt for a hike, remember to share your little contribution and appreciate it fully, keeping it just as beautiful as you found it.