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Weekend Getaway to Mountain Home


Nestled between the waters of Bull Shoals, Norfork Lake, the White River, North Fork River and just a stone’s throw from the Buffalo National River lies a community that celebrates the history of the Ozarks while embracing modern culture and experiences. Mountain Home has a small-town feel with some of the amenities you’d find in a bigger city. As a result, the Twin Lakes Area is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.

A Brief History of Mountain Home

First named Rapp’s Barren, the settlement was named after Henry Rapp, who became the area’s first permanent settler in the early 1800s. As with most southern towns, the summers are hot and sweltering. But the town’s ideal location nestled in the Ozark Mountains led to a constant breeze even on the hottest days. Locals nicknamed the area “My Sweet Mountain Home,” and the town officially adopted the name Mountain Home in 1856.

Today the beautiful city is a destination to enjoy the outdoors and the sweet breeze the area is known for. There are two lakes within 15 miles and three rivers that offer world-class fishing. Plus, there’s a variety of water sports, camping and hiking opportunities. Mountain Home is attracting those looking for a weekend getaway and those seeking a quiet vacation spot.

Photo courtesy of White  Buffalo Resort. 

Where to Stay

White Buffalo Resort – Arkansas is home to many unique cabins, and the White Buffalo Resort in Mountain Home is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Enjoy some of the comforts of home while still “roughing it” while you fish and hike in the surrounding wilderness.

Teal Point Resort – Located on the shore of Norfork Lake, Teal Point has been a popular family resort for over 40 years. Choose from cabins or house rentals and enjoy swimming and boating while taking in beautiful lake views.

The Y Campground – Ten miles south of Mountain Home, the beautiful Y Campground offers 45 full hookup RV sites and several fully furnished rental cabins.

Stetson’s Resort – Located just yards from the banks of the White River, Stetson’s is the perfect location for a weekend getaway, an extended vacation or even a large family reunion. In addition to 22 fully equipped cabins, Stetson’s offers on-site guided fishing services, boat rentals, a pool, a bait and tackle shop and home-cooked meals in the lodge.

Photo courtesy of Rapp’s Barren Brewing Co.

Where to Eat

Rapp’s Barren Brewery – In addition to great food and craft beer, Rapp’s Barren Brewery has expanded to offer craft cocktails and craft sodas as well. This favorite eatery is where the locals enjoy time with friends, participate in trivia night and listen to live music.

Skipper’s Restaurant – Voted “Best Catfish In Town” Skipper’s is a family-owned restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch seven days a week and dinner on the weekends.

Ole Mill Tavern – The Ole Mill Tavern offers an impressive selection of pizza, sandwiches and burgers that will satisfy your hunger. The portions are big, the food is excellent, and the staff is friendly.

Bobby Sue’s – From breakfast to burgers to BBQ, Bobby Sue’s has something for everyone. Enjoy the best breakfast in town, and it’s available all day long.

Paradice Cream – If you want to enjoy handmade, full-flavored ice cream, you’ll find it in Paradice. This local ice cream parlor offers a variety of handcrafted flavors, including vegan and allergy-friendly options.

Photo courtesy of James Moore.

Things to See/Do

Red Star Antiques – This collector’s paradise has some of the coolest antique finds in the region. Check out Busvlogger’s video tour.

Rivertown Gallery – Explore the artwork of Duane Hada who is known for “bringing you the Ozarks on canvas.”

Mystic Forest – This unique spiritual gift shop carries one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles. Their rock and crystal collection is a draw for many. If you love rocks, check out these rock shops across Arkansas.

Flashbacks Retro ShopIndependent record shops are making a comeback and Flashbacks is the perfect place for listening to some classic tunes while you flip through their vinyl collection.

Driftwood Lanes – When you are tired of the lake, spend an evening bowling and playing games at Driftwood Lanes. The family-friendly environment is perfect for everyone.

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. 

Get Outdoors

Riley’s White & Buffalo Outfitter – Experience world-class fishing at the junction of the White and Buffalo rivers. Riley’s provides kayak, canoe and Jon boat rental, guided fishing experiences and riverfront lodging.

David’s Trail – This point-to-point trail follows the shore of Norfork Lake and is just over six miles in total length. The wide trail offers several breathtaking views of the lake. Park at Panther Bay to complete the entire trail. Or park at Robinson Point for the shorter loop at the south end of the trail.

Bow Fishing on Bull Shoals – Besides all of the typical lake life adventures, you may want to head over to Bull Shoals for a bow fishing adventure.

Norfork National Fish Hatchery – The Norfork Dam helped to form beautiful Norfork Lake and is also the location of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. Both children and adults will enjoy the exhibits and learn about the three kinds of trout raised in the hatchery.

Surrounded by incredible natural beauty, Mountain Home is an outdoor lover’s paradise. It’s a great place to stay, eat and shop as you visit the Twin Lakes Area.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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One response to “Weekend Getaway to Mountain Home”

  1. Jill Wescoat says:

    I loved the article about Mountain Home. I’ve lived here about 35 years and love it here. Great getaway and place to raise a family. The people here are warm and friendly. People you want as your friends. A wonderful place to call home.

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