All Photos by David Bell
Norfork, Arkansas; The railroad bridge over the North Fork of the White River, at the confluence of the White River. The river forms the southern boundary of the community of Norfork. The White River winds over 700 miles through the Ozarks, mostly in Arkansas, and was a major transportation artery in the 1800s.
Calico Rock, Arkansas; Calico Rock dates back to the 1800s and served an important role in the life of the Ozarks, serving as an important river town on the White River. Calico Rock is on Highway 5 between Mountain Home and Mountain View.
Mountain View Draws Folk Music Pickers and Fans; Folk music fans from across the country and world are drawn to Mountain View. Here a picker, who is also a rider, enjoys setting in on an impromptu jam session. These take place every Friday and Saturday nights during the tourist season.
The Sound of Music at Mt. View Goes on into the Night; Fridays and Saturdays see dozens of impromptu jam sessions all around the courthouse square of Mountain View. Fans by the hundreds drag up their lawn chairs to get in on the free music, much of which approaches professional quality.
Crossing the Buffalo River on Highway 14
Riding the Ozarks means crossing some of the many rivers in the Ozarks. One of the most special rivers in the Ozarks is the Buffalo National River, the first national river to be designated by congress. Here is the highway 14 bridge over the lower Buffalo.
Buffalo Point; Just off Highway 14 is Buffalo Point, one of the larger parks on the Buffalo National River. Cabins, camp and picnic sites and a restaurant - sitting on a bluff high above the beautiful river valley - make Buffalo Point a great stop on any ride south out of Yellville.
The Wolf House in Norfork; On the river bank above the White River between Mountain Home and Mountain View sits a log cabin that has seen a lot of history, the Wolf House. This is believed to be the first house in the Arkansas Territory and was used for many purposes over its long history.