Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Missouri attractions you won't want to miss when you're here to shop for antiques!

While you're in our region to go antiques shopping, be certain to visit these many Missouri attractions and take advantage of the recreational opportunities in the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area.  Shop for Missouri antiques near Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and see the highest waterfall and highest mountain in Missouri, see Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson's Shut-ins State Park and Fort Davidson State Historic Site, scene of the Missouri Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob.  Visit our historic landmarks and churches and explore our historic towns and villages.  Take a romantic carriage ride or a leisurely float trip on the beautiful, crystal clear Black River.  Go hiking, biking, horseback riding or bird watching.  The most beautiful sections of the Ozark Trail are right here in our region.  Enjoy live entertainment and family fun throughout the year.  You'll see why you'll want to spend at least a weekend and more on your shopping excursion to our region! 

Follow the links below to learn much more about these and other fun activities.

Only 80 miles from St. Louis
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Missouri Outdoor Recreation, Activities & Live Entertainment
See why we're the Outdoor Recreation Capital of the Missouri Ozarks!

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Missouri Float Trips on the Black River

Float the clearest stream in Missouri, the crystal clear Black River.  Travel to our region would not be complete without experiencing a leisurely float trip in canoes, rafts, tubes or kayaks!
  Black River floating is a pleasure for veteran and beginners alike, offering an ever changing outdoor experience spring through fall. The river is clear and beautiful as it gently moves through dense wooded forests and green meadows, winding past tall cliff walls dotted with caves and fern greenery.  For a directory of the many float trip outfitters here on the Black River, please click here.

Mina Sauk Falls  - Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Elephant Rocks State Park
Missouri State Parks  ~ all within minutes of shopping!

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park - Want to hike to the top of a mountain? Just park in the lot of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and walk a mere 1,000 feet on a paved path to Missouri’s highest point. Here, an elevation marker sits, guiding visitors to the mountain’s 1,772 foot summit. If that’s not enough, the hike to Mina Sauk Falls will take your breath away. Read much more about Taum Sauk Mountain State Park here.

Elephant Rocks State Park - A train of circus elephants dance trunk-to-tail to form an awe-inspiring sight to the young and to the young at heart. This is the appeal of Elephant Rocks State Park, named for a train of gigantic pink granite boulders perched atop a hill, just like circus elephants! Read all about Elephant Rocks State Park here.

Johnson's Shut-ins State Park - Nearly 1.5 billion years ago, violently explosive volcanoes hurled hot gasses and ash into the air. The ashes and gas fell and cooled, forming rhyolite rock. A billion years later, shallow inland seas swallowed the ancient, worn-down mountains, burying the igneous rock under thousands of feet of sedimentary rock such as limestone, sandstone, shale and dolomite. Read more information about Johnson's Shut-ins State Park here.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site - In September 1864, an army of Confederate soldiers 12,000 strong marched into Missouri from Arkansas, led by Major General Sterling Price. Headed north toward St. Louis, this massive cavalry soon arrived at the southern terminus of the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad in Pilot Knob. There, a federal fort, Fort Davidson, stood, garrisoned by only 1,500 Union soldiers led by Brigadier General Thomas Ewing Jr. Read all about the Battle of Pilot Knob and Fort Davidson here.

The Ozark Trail and hundreds of miles of the best Missouri trails for hiking and biking! 
If you love to go hiking or biking, come to our region to experience some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United States. You don't have to travel to Colorado or the Appalachian Trail to do so, just come to our St. Francois Mountain Region of the Missouri Ozarks here in our region. You'll see and experience a landscape unique on the earth.  Come to Missouri where hundreds of miles of trails await your exploration!  For a complete list of hiking and biking trails in the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Area, please click here.

Missouri Horseback Riding
Missouri Horseback Riding, Trail Riding and Scheduled Trail Rides
Whether you have your own horse and are searching for a place to go where you can bring your horses and ride on thousands of acres of property, or are an inexperienced wrangler needing an experienced guide to show you the ropes, all of your dreams will be met in our region of Missouri.  Take part in annual week-long trailrides, or come for a weekend of horseback riding fun with your family.  Experience a real country vacation this year at our "horse friendly" campgrounds and resorts!  Cowboys and Cowgirls of any age will create lifelong memories. Read more here.
Missouri Bird Watching

Missouri Birding
Missouri Birdwatching, Missouri Birding - Of the over 800 species found in North America, over 400 different kinds of birds have been identified in Missouri. See a dazzling array of birds in our region.  The reason for this abundance of birds is open space and the diversity of habitat.  Our region is undoubtedly one of the best areas in Missouri for bird watching, including the American Bald Eagle along the Black River.  Please see this link for photos, tips and the best places in our region of Missouri to go bird watching.

Golf Courses in Our Region
Arcadia Valley Country Club -
This is a public, regulation length, 9-hole, 36 par course located at the Arcadia Valley Country Club facility. Opened in 1930, the fairways were built on rolling terrain and the greens are elevated.  Water hazards (lakes) come into play on three holes.  Hwy 72, Ironton, MO  Call (573) 546-9508

Eagle Lake Golf Club - This 4 1/2 star, award winning public course was designed in 1993 by Gary Kern.  Located on 208 acres, this par 72 links-style course is 7069 yards in total length and features four par threes, ten par fours and 4 par fives.  The fairway and tee boxes are a bluegrass and rye blend, while the greens are planted with bent grass.  Enjoy private club style amenities while enjoying the convenience of Eagle Lake's public course status. 4215 Hunt Rd, Farmington, MO  Call (888) 706-4682 to book tee times.

Viburnum Golf and Country Club - Established in 1974, this public 9-hole, 3226 yard, regulation length public golf course also has a 4 tee driving range.  On your way to or from Dillard Mill State Historic Site, stop off and play a round of golf.  The club is located on Hwy Y in Viburnum, MO. Call (573) 244-5688

Scarecrow and Pumpkin Fall Festival
Live Music and Entertainment for the whole family!  Choose from "Branson Style" shows at Bobby Powell's Arcadia Valley Jamboree, or dine at one of our fine restaurants providing live entertainment from Bluegrass to live DJs and Karaoke.  During the summer season enjoy concerts and music festivals by the river and under the stars and outdoor entertainment throughout the Valley.  See a selection of live entertainment here.  Every year, enjoy the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival every May and October. They're family friendly weekends filled with Americana and Bluegrass music with lots of children's activities.  Don't miss them!

Fall Festivals and County Fairs  Come to the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area for County Fairs during the summer months and the best fall color in Missouri.  October is the month for our Annual Fall Festivals and Pumpkin and Scarecrow Festival and the Fall Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival.  You don't want to miss them!  Make your lodging reservations early!  Take a Missouri Fall Foliage drive, or come for a Missouri Getaway Weekend.  Read more about Missouri Fall Festivals here.  And, be certain to make plans early to come an shop during the Christmas in the Valley Festival and Parade!

If you would like to learn about the fascinating history of the Arcadia Valley and Black River Region, click here to take a tour of the historic towns and villages, historical landmarks, churches, turn of the century architecture, and early Missouri settlements in our region.  You can also learn all about the Missouri Civil War in our Region here.

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