For decades, the Mountain Home area has flourished as a recreation destination for vacationers. Nestled in the surrounding Ozark Mountains, the Mountain Home area features Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake, White River, North Fork River and Buffalo National River. The Mountain Home area is ideal for relaxation, adventure and enjoying the great outdoors.
The tourism industry comprises a major segment of the area’s economy. In 2010, over $235 million dollars were generated in Baxter and Marion Counties through tourism with over one million visitors spending time in the Mountain Home area.
Mountain Home is central to the five-county Ozark Mountain Tourism Region. To learn more about what is available to tourists within this region check the Website: www.OzarkMountainRegion.com.
What makes the Mountain Home area so attractive as a tourist destination?
Many of the same things that make it attractive to retirees: low cost accommodations and attractions, climate, and abundant year-round natural resources.
- Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes.
Created by one of the nation's largest concrete dams, Bull Shoals Lake covers 45,000 acres, allowing water enthusiasts to participate in their favorite sport (swimming, fishing, jet skiing, boating, scuba diving, wave running, water skiing, sailing, etc.) without interfering with others. Lake Norfork, a 22,000-acre lake, is just a few miles east of Mountain Home. Mild winters and no closed fishing seasons permit professional and novice anglers to fish the lakes year-round.
- The world-famous White River, and North Fork River. Deserving of a reputation
for some of the world's cleanest and richest trout streams. The rivers are well-stocked annually with more than a million trout.
- The Buffalo National River. Forever protected as a free-flowing river, the Buffalo was America's first National River.
- Three area golf courses. Although people flock to the Mountain Home area because of the abundant water, parks, and campground facilities, many also enjoy taking time to experience
one or more of the three local golf courses. Big Creek Golf and Country Club has been selected for several years, by GolfDigest as a 5-star course (highest rank possible).
- Other local area attractions include: Mountain Village 1890/Bull Shoals Caverns/Mini Golf Course/local artisan shopping; Top O’ The Ozarks Tower; horseback riding; and for those rainy or cold days, 11 movie theater screens, three bowling alleys, and shopping.
- Nearby attractions include: Branson, Mo.; Blanchard Springs/Ozark Folk Center/ Mountain View, Ark.; Eureka Springs, Ark.; the Spring River at Hardy, Ark.
Source: 2010 ADP&T Annual Report
James A. Gaston Visitor Center at Bull Shoals Lake-White River State Park
Arkansas State Park’s $5.4 million visitor center is located at Bull Shoals
Lake-White River State Park 15 miles west of Mountain Home. The 15,744-square foot
structure, opened in October of 2006, affords a spectacular view of the White River,
Bull Shoals Dam and Bull Shoals Lake, and serves as the primary visitor contact point at
the park. In addition, it is the focal point for the interpretation of the White River, Bull
Shoals Dam, Bull Shoals Lake, and their histories. Interpretive exhibits are featured
throughout the lobby, gift shop, Johnboat Theater and Exhibit Hall, a 1,720-square-foot
area that is filled with images of the river, lake and dam.