Mountain Home is the epicenter of fast easy access to Bull Shoals Lake, Norfork Lake, and the White River… not to mention many other gems! You can get a lot of information about the area from our Chamber of Commerce. site. The following information is taken from their website.
Mountain Home is the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, in the southern Ozark Mountains.
It has been listed numerous times in the top 20 cities in the U.S. for sportsmen in Outdoor Life Magazine, was ranked #2 for Field and Stream’s Best Fishing Towns in America. Today it is primarily known as a retirement and resort destination.
According to the 2010 Census, Mountain Home has a total of 12,448 in the city, and a total of 41,307 with the city and micropolitan combined, which encompasses the majority of Baxter county. Mountain Home also serves as an economic and retail hub for an eight county region, serving 256,000 people in a 55-mile radius.
A little history…
Following the Civil War, in March 1873 Arkansas Governor Baxter officially established this area as a county-which was then named after the Governor. Mountain Home was incorporated as the county seat on April 16, 1888. The city sprang up around the Male and Female Academy which Professor J.S. Howard founded during the 1850s. The community’s first name was “Rapp’s Barren.” For more historical and genealogical information on the area, contact the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society and Heritage Center.
Helpful links and more information…
VACATION AT THE WHITE RIVER
Whether you are a beginner looking to bag your limit of Rainbow Trout, or a veteran trying to hunt down a trophy Brown, the White River will satisfy the longings of any angler. The water released from the hydroelectric dam below Bull Shoals, combined with the conservation and stocking efforts of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has created ultimate grounds for Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brown Trout. This 92-mile stretch of Bull Shoals tail-water is consistently one of America’s most productive fisheries in terms of trout number and size. The White River runs for 722 miles through both Arkansas and Missouri and is fed by the Boston Mountains. This body of water is no exception, and also has award-winning fishing and a plethora of water activities. White River trout fishing is one of the most popular activities on the river.
You can master the art of fly-fishing, enjoy the relaxation of float fishing from a flat-bottom johnboat, or simply take in some of the Natural State’s most incredible natural scenery. From beautiful riverside resorts to rustic lodges to campgrounds and boat docks, the White River has everything to get you hooked on the Mountain Home area. (see more)
VACATION AT LAKE NORFORK
Only minutes from Mountain Home, the state’s oldest manmade lake, Lake Norfork, is the perfect choice for both fishermen and vacationers. The waters of both lakes are uncharacteristically clear. Norfork Lake has over 550 miles of shoreline with 22,000 acres of surface water and 20 developed parks. Spend an afternoon in one of the many swimming areas, or take a boat out to enjoy all sorts of water sports – including world class bass fishing, sailing, scuba diving, skiing, tubing, wakeboarding and more. Bass fishing Norfork Lake is among the most popular. If fishing is what you are looking for, Norfork is known for its Black Bass and Ocean Stripers. Tuck yourself back in a cove and lose a few hours reeling in your next big catch. The Norfork National Fish Hatchery is just west of the Norfork Lake Dam and is found on Dry Run Creek, feeding into the Norfork Tail.
Many visitors find themselves spending a few days on this pristine lake, and there are plenty of options for lodging ranging from a campsite a few steps away to cabins, bed-and-breakfasts or lakeside resorts.
You’ll never want to leave! (See more)
VACATION AT THE BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER
Vacationers and residents love the excitement of rafting on this river as much as a lazy float. Fly fishers enjoy fishing on the only national river that runs 150 miles through protected public land that spreads out over 95,000 acres. Because the river resides in this protected environment, it is crystal clear. There are over 50 species of fish to catch, including the much desiderated trophy fish, the smallmouth bass. The rushing river creates an oxygen rich environment perfect for supporting fish.
There are many local outfitters that will supply fishers with the perfect equipment to make the trip a roaring success, as well as river guides to help fishers find the perfect spot for a great day on the river. Fishers can also land perch and catfish along the BNR.
VACATION AT BULL SHOALS LAKE
Looking to really get lost on your next vacation? Bull Shoals Lake is the right place for you. Bull Shoals spans North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri and covers over 6,000 square miles. When you visit this gorgeous lake, you’ll be able to get away from it all and be surrounded by stunning natural beauty.
It offers just about everything a water enthusiast could ever want, including over 70 square miles for visitors to enjoy. The lake is over 87 miles long and has an average depth of 75 feet. This lake is one of the first man-made lakes in the United States and remains one of the most popular with 1,050 miles of shoreline. The lake takes in water and lets water out into the White River. Some of the lake activities include bass fishing Bull Shoals Lake, house-boating, skiing, scuba diving, and wakeboarding.
Bull Shoals Lake is away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but still offers plenty of options for lodging, boat rentals, and campgrounds. Whether you’re fishing for a prize-winning bass, crappie, or walleye…or just relaxing on the water, Bull Shoals Lake is a wonderful choice. (See More)
ATTRACTIONS IN THE TWIN LAKES AREA
ASU Mountain Home- Disc golf course www.asumh.edu (870) 508-6100
Baxter County Airport www.baxtercounty.org (870) 481-5418
Baxter County Fairgrounds www.baxtercountyfair.com (870) 425-6828
Baxter Regional Medical Center www.baxterregional.org (870) 508-1000
Big Air FBO http://flybigair.com/ (870) 402-9000
Big Spring Park https://www.arkansas.com/cotter
Blanchard Springs Caverns https://www.blanchardsprings.org/
Buffalo National River www.nps.gov/buff (870) 365-2700
Bull Shoals Caverns and Mountain Village https://bullshoalscaverns.com/ (870) 445-7177
Bull ShoalsTheater of the Arts http://bullshoalstheater.net/ (870) 445-2311
Bull Shoals Dam (870) 445-3629
Bull Shoals White River State Park www.arkansasstateparks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver (870) 445-3629
Clysta Willet Park www.mountainhomeparksandrec.com (870) 424-9311
Cooper Park and Recreation Center www.mountainhomeparksandrec.com (870) 424-9311
Donald W. Reynolds Library www.baxtercountylibrary.org (870) 580-0987
Dr. Ray Stahl Soccer Complex www.mountainhomeparksandrec.com (870) 424-9311
Dry Run Creek (Mobility impaired and youth fishing) http://www.norforkhatcheryfriends.org/hatchery_waters/view/1
Hickory Park www.mountainhomeparksandrec.com (870) 424-9311
Jacob Wolf House www.ArkansasPreservation.com/Historic-Properties/jacobwolfhouse (870) 499-0556
James A. Gaston Visitor Center www.arkansasstateparks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver (870) 445-3629
Keller Park www.mountainhomeparksandrec.com (870) 424-9311
Marion County Fairgrounds http://www.marioncountyarfair.org/ (870) 449-4332
McCabe Park www.mountainhomeparksandrec.com (870) 424-9311
Norfork Dam (870) 499-5280
Norfork National Fish Hatchery fws.gov/norfork (870) 499-5255
Ozark Folk Center www.ozarkfolkcenter.com (870) 269-3851
Ozark National Forest www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark (479)-269-3851
Rapps Barren Historical Village at Cooper Park www.mountainhomeparksandrec.com (870) 424-9311
Rivertown Gallery (870) 425-3898
Twin Lakes Playhouse http://twinlakesplayhouse.org/ (870) 424-0444
The Vada Sheid Community Development Center www.thesheid.com (870) 508-6280
Veteran’s Plaza on the square https://www.cityofmountainhome.com/ (870) 425-5116ATTRACTIONS IN YOUR DESIRED LOCATION Show All Buffalo National River Bull Shoals Lake Lake Norfork Mountain Home North Fork River White River Baxter County Historical & Genealogical SocietyBull Shoals Caverns & Mountain Village 1890Driftwood LanesOzark Folk CenterStoneCreek Ranch ResortTwin Lakes Playhouse