During the summer months of the year, my wife and I love getting outdoors to enjoy some of mother nature’s hidden places in the Ozarks.

The most interesting places are those small, overlooked areas that still produce a lot of fun while exploring.

One of those hidden areas that comes to mind is Barn Hollow Conservation Area near Mountain View, Mo.

Barn Hollow CA is a 252-acre area that is deeply dissected by the 1.2-mile canyon. Barn Hollow is located about 3 miles north of Mountain View in Texas County.

Barn Hollow is the local name for a clear Ozark stream that drains directly into the Jacks Fork River. This natural area is equipped with a .5-mile hiking trail that is mostly surrounded by beautiful standing timber.

Just a few hundred yards at the beginning of the hiking trail is a small pond that has some beautiful vegetation growing on and around it. During early mornings and late evenings, the sounds around the pond is music to the ears of a nature lover like myself.

At the end of the .5-mile trail, there is usually a viewing platform that sits on the lookout point that has a mind-boggling view of the Barn Hallow.

All of my life I have lived within a few minutes from this picturesque natural area. When I lived in Birch Tree, Mo., it was just a mere 20 to 25 minute drive. A year-and-a-half ago we moved to Mountain View which is even closer, now only a five minute drive from our home, and that is what struck our interest in Barn Hollow CA. 

When we first moved to the Mountain View area, we were looking for places to take our yellow lab retriever on some walks in different areas that we had never been, and this is when we came across the Barn Hallow CA walking trail.

As I mentioned before, we have always lived near the area. However, my wife nor I was familiar with it. Since discovering the area, it has become one of our favorite places to go on a weekend to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

It’s a clean, safe place to take our dog on a walk like we have done many times, or a great place to take a family to explore some beautiful sights that mother nature has provided.

On our most recent visit to the Barn Hollow CA we got to witness a beautiful stream of flowing water that was caused by the recent flooding in the area. In the span of a week-and-a-half, this area was dealt with 20-plus inches of rain, which obviously created a lot of the natural small streams to flow like small rivers.

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