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A fun filled weekend of music and entertaining activities. Friday evening begins with "Pickin on the square," so take your acoustic instruments and join the fun.
A large parade (at 86 years, this is the longest continuing parade in Missouri) kicks off the festivities on Saturday, followed by a full day of music, food, and dancing.
Vendors set-up around the square to display their crafts. A small train is available for the children and a horse drawn carriage gives rides as well. There is something for everyone.
Farmington Country Days is held in downtown Farmington the first full weekend in June. Farmington Country Days features arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, free concerts, carnival rides and amusements, a beer garden and more.
The Farmington Downtown Development will hold their annual fall arts and crafts festival Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The festival is centered around the St. Francois County Courthouse in downtown Farmington and features arts and crafts vendors, pumpkin, gourd and fall decor vendors, as well as downtown retailers and various activities.
For more information and an update to date list of activities, visit www.downtownfarmingtonmo.org.
Attention pickers. Friday evenings, take your acoustic instruments to the beautiful Arcadia Valley Courthouse Square and be ready to pick and grin – or just come to listen.
Take your own seating.
Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is a 1,630-acre area located on the upper reaches of the Castor River. The forest's timber species range from mixed hardwoods to shortleaf pine to cedar glades. A granite shut-ins on the Castor River adds an interesting geologic feature. The Driscoll Tract contains two old grist mill sites that date to the mid 1800s, lending a historical flavor to the area. The area is located south of Route J, eight miles east of Fredericktown. County Road 208 fords the Castor River.
We have three cottages that sleep six, located two miles outside of Ironton, 80 miles southeast of St. Louis. The country setting provides a peace and quiet not found in the city. Walk along Stouts Creek; relax by the pool; float the Black River using canoes, rafts or tubes. Trail rides are on the adjacent property.
The Arcadia Valley offers a variety of outdoor recreation and events. Visit our website for details.
Caplinger Mills River Front Resort, is situated on the 15 acres beside the peaceful Sac River, at the historic Caplinger Mills Bridge. A dozen miles north of Stockton Lake, this is a perfect place to get away from it all. The Sac River and an on-site Ozark creek are perfect for those who like to rock hunt, fish, swim, canoe and poke around in the woods.
We offer accommodations ranging from rustic tent camping to full amenity lodging. Our Mill House and cabins offer a serene location where guests can relax and enjoy the river breezes. This area has some of the most beautiful scenery in the Ozarks, and is quite a history lesson. (Prices shown here are for camping. Visit our website for other lodging rates.)
The Mill was built in 1842 by John Caplinger. It was burned down several times, twice during the Civil War by Shelby's Raiders. The remaining Mill Ruins, as well as the Dam and Bridge, are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The restored bridge serves as a center of activity for the local fishing community.
Open May thru October.
Full hook-up campground in Southeast Missouri located on Castor River near Marquand, Missouri. Riverfront camping, tents welcome, year leases available. We have horse trails, kayaks, canoes, and floating available on the beautiful Castor River.
Chaumette Winery sits amid magnificent rolling hills. Enjoy the views while sampling our award-winning, handcrafted wines. Visit our restaurant and our poolside cafe for lunch and dinner. Shop our gift shop and art gallery. We present live entertainment outdoors during warmer months.
Indulge yourself at The Spa at Chaumette, featuring all-natural products. Stay at The Villages at Chaumette: elegantly appointed villas with beautiful furnishings, hi-tech amenities, fitness center, pool with private cabanas and alfresco dining.
For weddings and private events, we can accommodate 300 guests in our formal ballroom and in our refurbished barn. Our all-faith chapel is available for weddings and Sunday services.
Days and Hours vary be season and for events. Please see our website or call for current hours.
A 10-acre, self-guided, walk-through petting zoo with hundreds of exotic animals from all over the world. Feed is available for an additional charge.
We have camels; several species of antelope; several species of deer; Rheas; American Bison; peafowl; Moluccan cockatoo; goats; rabbits; pigeons; Silkie chickens; crested ducks; mute swans; Jacob's sheep; pythons; boas; Colubrid snakes; water turtles; tortoises; tarantulas; and many other creatures.
There is a bouncy house and an arrowhead hunting-ground that is free for the kids. Stroll across the 45-foot bridge, over a large pond, while feeding the koi and mute swans.
Admission: $5; younger than 3, free. We offer camel and pony rides for $5 per rider.
Crown Pointe Golf Club melds gently rolling terrain with a variety of water hazards and high bluffs. The par 72, links-style golf course is 7,069 yards in total length. Fairways and tees are a bluegrass and rye blend, while the greens are planted with bentgrass. The 19th Hole Bar and Grill is located next to the pro shop.
Crown Pointe is unique because you can take advantage of private-club-style amenities and a four-star course while enjoying the convenience of public-course status. Turn your visit into a golfing getaway. Crown Pointe Lodge, located on-site, offers upscale lodging with an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a business center, a training room and the convenience of walking from your room to the first tee every morning.
This state-of-the-art facility produces sparkling wine using two fermentation processes: the traditional Champagne method and the Charmat method. The tasting bar offers three styles of sparkling wine and three tasting categories: Basic Bubbly, Limited and Grand Reserve. Tours are offered. We have a gift shop and deli.
The facility is closed January-March.
This is a predominantly forest area. Facilities/features include: a picnic area, fishing jetties, Buford Pond (three acres, fishable), Blue Springs Natural Area (17 acres), Cardareva Bluff Natural Area (95 aces), and a permanent stream (Current River). The main tract of the Current River Conservation Area is three miles west of Ellington on Route 106. There are three entrances: one is located three miles west of Ellington on Route 106; another is located on South Road in Ellington; the other is located on Reynolds County Road 626.
Experience racing on a one-sixth-mile dirt rack. Family oriented race events feature go karts, multis, mini stocks, and B-mods. Also, the Gateway Vintage Association races vintage cars here once a month. We have a free Junior Fan Club for the kids, where they can win prizes.
Races are held on Friday night, April-September.
Admission: grandstand, $10; pits, $25; younger than 10, free.
This area contains 2,400 acres of wetlands, plus forests and some cropland. This is a waterfowl hunting area, established in conjunction with Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
Facilities include: four boat ramps,; boat rentals; a boat dock; primitive camping; six fishing jetties; and an 1,800-acre lake. The main entrance is nine miles north of Puxico, on Route 51.
Whether you're in the mood for a ride down one of our two slides, a float down the lazy river, or splashing around in our interactive playground, the Farmington Water Park is a place to spend your summer days.
Birthday parties are welcomed.
Private rentals are offered.
Group rates and season passes are available.
Open Memorial Day-Labor Day.
We are nestled in the beautiful Arcadia Valley of the St Francois Mountains. All guestrooms have 70-channel cable TV and queen beds, micro-fridge, a microwave and Internet; our suites include a sitting area, separate bedroom and a jetted tub.
Our motel overlooks the civil war battlefield at Fort Davidson State Historic Site and visitors' center. We are three miles from Elephant Rocks State Park; eight miles from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park (the highest elevation in Missouri); 14 miles from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.
Fort Davidson Restaurant is adjacent, serving meals from steaks to seafood, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Set in eastern Ozark sandstone country, this park is located between Ste. Genevieve and Farmington on Route 32. One of Missouri's most scenic and unspoiled landscapes, this park is known for pine trees and wild azaleas. Picnic sites, a shelter and a campground are nestled under the pines. Hiking trails and a 10-mile backpacking trail are available.
This park offers basic and electric campsites, with some secluded walk-in sites. Services available include reservable sites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry. Set in eastern-Ozark sandstone country, this park is known for pine trees and wild azaleas. It features picnicking and a 10-mile backpacking trail. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online.Read more
This area is east of Bloomfield on Route E, then two miles south on County Road 517. This area is mostly forest (770 acres total), but also has 20 wildlife food plots (30 acres total), five native warm-season grass fields (60 acres total) and 101 acres of old fields. Facilities/features include: an archery range, camping, a pavilion, Holly Ridge, and Beech Springs natural areas (sand forests with acid seeps and springs).
This area is for folks who appreciate nature and geology, or are simply looking for a breathtaking view.
The 1.5 billion year-old Precambrian rock outcrops on Hughes Mountain are among the oldest exposed rocks in the United States. A rhyolite formation, known locally as the Devil's Honeycomb, is one of Missouri's geologic wonders; it is the highest point on Hughes Mountain. A short hike takes you there–be sure to take your camera.
Two-thirds of the area is wooded. The area features glades, which are natural openings on western or southern slopes dominated by native grasses and wildflowers. Animals often found on these glades include fence lizards, collared lizards, lichen grasshoppers and prairie warblers.
Hughes Mountain Natural Area is 11 miles south of Potosi on Route 21, then five miles east on Route M; the parking lot is on south side of road, 200 yards east of Cedar Creek Road (CR 541).
The museum is housed in the restored 1941 Ironton-Arcadia Depot. It contains an extensive collection of Arcadia Valley and Iron County artifacts, genealogy records, and photographs. The collection includes the Union battle flag from the Civil War battle of Pilot Knob.
This rugged 1,740-acre area is bordered by Establishment Creek and Schmidt's Island, alongside the Mississippi River. This area features steep bluffs and scenic views of the Mississippi River. Eagles are commonly sighted along the river. A wheelchair-accessible viewing platform is available for observing the Mississippi River and Establishment Creek bottoms. This is a forest area with some old fields. Facilities/features include: a skeet range, an archery range, and a permanent stream (Establishment Creek). This area is in Ste. Genevieve County, 10 miles north of Ste. Genevieve, along the Mississippi River. Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area is south of Bloomsdale on Route 61, one mile east on Route V, then north on White Sands County Gravel Road.
Millstream Gardens Conservation Area is a 697-acre tract of land in Madison County, about halfway between Fredericktown and Arcadia, off of State Route 72. The Tiemann Shut-ins are within the area's boundaries. The St. Francis River forms one of the area's western boundaries, then meanders eastward for 1.2 miles through the area's mid-southern section, before rushing through the shut-ins and passing into the Silver Mines area. The area's woodlands are composed primarily of oak, hickory, and pine in the uplands, and ash, elm, and maple along the river border and its drainages. The St. Francis River at Millstream Gardens, and its wooded corridor, is a part of Missouri's Natural Area System. This large stream contains an adjoining slough and large igneous shut-ins. A wide variety of animals live here. Wildlife species such as whitetail deer, turkey, and squirrel inhabit the uplands.
The site consists of the milling complex used by St. Joe Minerals Corporation in the days when Missouri’s Lead Belt produced nearly 80 percent of the nation’s mined lead.
The museum features restored underground-mining equipment; exhibits on mining history; an impressive mineral display; and an audiovisual program on the lead mining and milling process.
The museum can be examined at your own pace (exhibits are labeled); you may choose to have a docent provide more detailed and personalized interpretation. The site holds special events designed to enhance the site's mining history and mineral resources interpretive themes.
Admission: $4; ages 6-12, $3; younger than 6, free. Closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Our venue features family entertainment; our show schedule is available on our website. Concessions are available during performances. The concert hall is located 10 miles south of Farmington on Route 67; turn right on Canterberry Road.
This 256-acre Designated Natural Area offers a two-mile Trail Through Time, with scenic views including sandstone cliffs, canyons, arches and waterfalls. Activities include bird watching and nature hiking. Some of the interesting geologic features include a double arch that holds up a shelf of sandstone; narrow slot-like canyons; hoodoos (mound or pillar-like sandstone blocks, weathered into unusual shapes); a spring flowing out of sandstone (Pickle Springs); and sandstone talus slopes.
More than 20 species of fish, including rainbow darter, striped shiner and silverjaw minnow, swim in the cool waters of the Pickle Creek Natural Area. The stream rushes over granite outcrops and shut-ins, as well as sandstone and a banded crystalline rock that some geologists believe is a metamorphic gneiss rock. This is one of the few places in the state where such a diversity of rocks is exposed at the surface.
Because of Pickle Creek's high quality and pristine nature, it has been designated an outstanding state water resource.
Hunting is prohibited.
Enjoy samples of our wines in the spacious tasting room, or take a seat outdoors to enjoy views of the countryside. We offer a variety of wines, including a Chambourcin, Norton and a Semi-Sweet Vignoles. Also, you may purchase sausage, cheese, crackers, or chocolates, to serve as a complement to your wines. Draft and bottled beers also are available.
This area is located in southeastern Ripley County, 4.5 miles south of Naylor on County Road W. Sand Pond Conservation Area offers good opportunities for hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities. The ponds and their banks support many rare and endangered species, including corkwood, the western mud snake and a federally endangered shrub called pondberry. A 68-acre portion of Sand Pond Conservation Area and the TNC Sand Ponds Preserve is designated as a Missouri Natural Area. Natural Areas are biological communities or geologic sites that are protected and managed to perpetuate the natural character, diversity, and ecological processes of Missouri's native landscapes.
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