Cotter is located in Baxter County southwest of Mountain Home, between Flippin and Gassville, along US Hwy 412/62 and the banks of theWhite River, near the Missouri State line.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 923, an increase of 56 since 1990.
Early in the 1800s, families from the eastern and southern areas of the United States, mostly of Scots-Irish and German descent, began to push west into the Ozarks, searching for a better life and, probably, a little more solitude. They and their descendants stayed awhile; then many moved on to Oklahoma or Texas or further west.
A popular vacation destination itself, especially for trout fishermen, Cotter's central location in the heart of the Ozark Mountains provides easy access to the boating and water sports of area lakes, such as Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
Fishing, canoeing, camping, hiking and tubing are all favorites throughout the surrounding Cotter area.