The rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains set an incredible off the beaten tracks scenic drive. Outdoor adventurers will find a wealth of recreational activities combining nature and history.
Start your adventure along Highway 21 at Elephant Rocks State Park Elephant Rocks State Park, where billion-year-old pink granite boulders of all sizes and shapes line the bluffs.
Next, make your way south to Arcadia Valley.
The region is seeped in Civil War history, from nearby battlegrounds like Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site and Arcadia Academy, which served as a hospital for Union soldiers during the war. Arcadia Academy also previously operated as a school and convent, but today it operates as a charming bed & breakfast, and restaurant. Proceed along Highway 21.
You can take a side trip to hike the Ozark Trail at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, where stands the highest summit of Missouri. Make your way onto Highway 106 to reach heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the first U.S. national park to protect a full river system with hundreds of freshwater springs and caves.
Hidden gem: Finley Farms and The Ozark Mill have preserved history in the town of Ozark. Recently reopened as a primary dining and event destination, it offers scenic views overlooking the nearby river and beautiful event spaces.
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