Copyright© Jim Long 2012
The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine
Some years ago I was traveling back and forth from Missouri down into Arkansas to the Ozark Folk Center. I gave programs there a number of times, helped with the garden and always felt a close connection to the Mountain View area.
|Plaque commemorates efforts in the 1960s to upgrade the park.|
|A dozen or more picnic areas dot the park.|
I came to especially admire the town of Big Flat in Baxter County. Arkansas Highway 14 makes a sharp, 90 degree turn right in the middle of downtown (the town only has 105 people, according to the 2010 census) so downtown isn’t big. What made it remarkable, besides the old-style store fronts from the late 1880s, was a little roadside pavilion tucked between two stores. Nearly every time I drove past, regardless of time of day, there would be several men sitting at the tables, playing cards and visiting.
|Well made, stone picnic tables abound.|
|Small, rustic shelter for serving small groups.|
|Round table in smaller shelter.|
|A large shelter for big family gatherings, weddings and other events.|
|Round picnic area provides lots of seating and shade.|
|Ancient stalactites mark park entry.|
If you’re looking for a scenic drive and a delightful place for a picnic, in winter or summer, I highly recommend Big Flat City Park. It’s one of the amazing little secret places you’ll discover along less-traveled roads, and demonstrates well why Arkansas is still knows as the natural state.