Nestled in the Ozark mountains of north-central Arkansas, Mountain Home is a place apart from the hustle and bustle of Arkansas' larger communities. Nearby Bull Shoals and White River State Park in the Ozark National Forest host a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Individuals can hike, fish, camp, mountain bike or ride ATVs through miles of trails surrounding the Mountain Home region.
Gunner Pool Recreation Area
About a half hour drive south of Mountain Home, is Fifty-Six, Arkansas, and nearby Blanchard Springs Caverns. This is also home to the Gunner Pool Recreation area where locals can enjoy hiking, camping, and trail riding with mountain bikes, horses or ATVs. Because of the popularity of nearby Blanchard Springs, Gunner Pool Recreation area is usually a secluded spot for those wanting a private getaway. The area spans more than 8,500 acres across streams, rocky outcrops and many rolling hills, giving any outdoor enthusiast a reason to stay a while. Many of the ATV trails aren't maintained because of the low usage, and some overgrowth is present; however, the area has miles of well maintained trails.
Just an hour drive southeast from Mountain Home, Arkansas, 10 miles north of Batesville, is Sandtown Farms. This area of privately owned land spans more than 3,000 acres and offers a wide variety of hiking, backpacking and ATV trails. Camping is allowed for $5 per night. This area includes large cave systems with underground rivers and waterfalls, hot springs and rock formations. Nearby, the remains of old abandoned mines cast an enchanting spell on the region, luring in many outdoor enthusiasts. Permission must be obtained by the property owners before entering and camping in the area and first-time hikers and trail riders must contact a trail guide before exploring the region.
From Batesville, take U.S. 279 north 10 miles and turn left onto Sandtown Road. Continue on 5 miles then turn right onto Hastings Circle.
River Ridge Motocross
Near the small town of Norfolk, just minutes from Mountain Home, you will find River Ridge Motocross. This area contains a track and trails suited for ATV, motorcycle, and dirt bike enthusiasts. The River Ridge Motocross area offers rolling hills and scenic views for anyone to enjoy whether riding ATVs or hiking through the surrounding area. The region is surrounded by trees and primitive camping is allowed by the landowners. The entry fee is $7 per person plus a riding fee of $20 for amateur riders and $30 for experts. Children ages 6-12 can enter for $3; it's free for those under 6. The fee also covers camping.