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If chocolate is your thing, you do not want to miss this event. The theme for this year's festival is "Berried in Chocolate." The festival is held in the National Guard Armory Building.
The festival begins at noon; the auction begins at 1 p.m. Contestants bring their favorite chocolate creation for judging, tasting and the auction.
Additional items for the auction are donated by individuals and local businesses. Proceeds benefit the Christos House, a women's and children's shelter in West Plains.
Admission is free; 'tasting tickets' are ten for $5.
You are invited to celebrate the old time music and the distinctive culture of the Ozark Highlands. This festival strives to acknowledge performers and the need to save these expressive traditions to maintain authenticity. The event is held downtown West Plains.
Music is performed on our main stage, featuring outstanding artists representing the musical traditions of the Ozarks. The second stage is designed to bridge the gap between the generations of musicians in an effort to keep the traditional music of the area alive and well through the interpretations of new performers.
Activities include: exhibits; mule jumping; singing; a cooking stage; blacksmiths; spinners and weavers; quilters; candle makers; traditional basket makers; jig dancers; fiddlers; banjos; string bands; pickers; et cetera. On the 'What's Cookin' Stage,' watch demonstrations of traditional Ozark cookin' with a dash of entertainment to boot.
Inside the air conditioned West Plains Civic Center, take part in workshops and jam sessions.
Three nights of bluegrass and gospel music presented at the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association's park. Bring your own seating. Shows held rain or shine. Guest bands welcome to join the fun.
Beans and cornbread included with regular admission Thursday (while they last). Biscuits & gravy Saturday morning.
RV electric hookups, $10/day. Tent camping (no electric) $5/day. Visit our website for details, schedules and tickets. No refunds. No alcohol or illegal drugs: violators will be removed.
This large craft show is held annually in the West Plains Civic Center.
A wide range of vendors will be available at this year’s event, ranging from jewelry to woodworking and everything in between. The show consists of locally-made items from crafters throughout the area; no flea market items are allowed.
All proceeds go to youth-oriented projects in the area. Admission is $2 per day, children 14 and younger admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
Enjoy an evening of old-fashioned family fun, entertainment and food. This “haunting” has something "frightful" for all ages.
This annual event is held in the Galloway Creek Nature Park. Take Business 63 (Porter Wagoner Blvd) north; turn right on Girdley Street; pass under the railroad bridge, then turn left onto County Road 1770. The park is one-half mile on the left.
This Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association (HOBA) event features gospel and bluegrass music. Everyone is invited to participate in the jam sessions scheduled throughout the event.
There is plenty of room for camping, from primitive spots to full hookups with water and electric.
Free beans and cornbread Thursday night with paid admission (5 p.m.-7 p.m. or until the beans run out); biscuits & gravy Saturday morning.
The event is held at the HOBA Bluegrass Park, rain or shine. Concessions open during shows. No pets allowed in concert or concession areas.
Visit our website for details, schedules and driving directions.
Low and slow pit barbecue at its finest. We have sandwiches; plate dinners; a kids menu; specialty items; pizzas; and desserts.
Bring the family for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
Cafe 37 offers excellent food, a wonderful atmosphere, great service, a relaxing decor and a unique dining experience.
Located inside the renovated, circa 1886 West Plains Opera House.
This area contains forest, savanna, and dolomite glades. Facilities/features include firearms and archery ranges and the Caney Mountain Natural Area (1,330 acres). Interpretive nature programs are held at various times during the year. This area is located five miles north of Gainesville on Route 181, then .50 mile west on a gravel entrance road.
Handcrafted bread and pastries made with organic, locally sourced, natural ingredients. Everything is made and baked fresh daily. Chantilly's offers a lunch special every day. The pastry dough and fillings are made in-house, by hand. We use organic flour and sugar. We use butter in all of our dough.
Our lunch special of the day is made fresh daily, from scratch. Our salads are served with freshly made dressings, using extra virgin olive oil and fresh ingredients. Our pastries and lunch special change every day.
We have 17 sites, 30- and 50-amp full hookups, mostly shaded; big rig sites; clean restrooms; in-ground pool; large showers; a playground; shuffleboard; horseshoes; fishing pond, a rec room with a big library, and a hall for private events. No permanent residents. Weekly and monthly rates available. Open April-September. Eight miles south of town on Route 17. We are a GOOD SAM RV Park
Crafters On The Square offers numerous booths stocked by local vendors. Items for sale include, antiques, baskets, hand-crocheted items,wood crafts, aprons, jewelry and numerous arts and crafts. The inventory is restocked frequently, so you never know what you might find.
A 65-unit hotel with interior corridors, free local calls and free hot breakfast featuring pancakes, biscuits and gravy and our famous cinnamon rolls.
Quality farm-fresh fruits and veggies are available at D&D Produce. The produce is hand-picked weekly for this location. Assorted varieties of jams and jellies are for sale. Assorted potted plants available. Check out the Facebook page for information on produce available each week.
A long, narrow ridge—known to early settlers as The Devils Backbone—is the main attraction in this 6,687-acre Wilderness. Elevations reach from 1,020 feet at the highest point to 680 at the lowest. Thirteen miles of trails (rated Moderate) follow the Backbone (and four other ridges), dropping off into surrounding forested hollows. Horses are allowed; no motorized/mechanical transportation allowed.
The area is ideal for day-hikes and overnight backpacking. Four trailheads offer good entry points. Three springs in the area flow into the North Fork of the White River, which transits the area. On the northern boundary are campsites and a canoe launch. Do not build rock fire rings.
The U.S. Congress designated the Devils Backbone Wilderness in 1980. Check the area’s website for details, a map, and restrictions.
Two crucial rules: 1> Do Not Carry in Your Own Firewood! (Moving firewood around the country spreads forest pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth.) 2> On and near any waterway, glass containers and glass bottles of any kind, and all foam-type food and beverage coolers are prohibited by Missouri law.
Note: the address and phone shown are for the Mark Twain National Forest office responsible for this wilderness area; however, the map pointer indicates the approximate location of this Wilderness Area.
Downtown Antique Mall is located on the historic Courthouse Square in West Plains, Missouri. The mall occupies the old Aid Hardware building, built in 1914. With its high pressed-tin ceilings, hardwood floors, and “Window on the Square” cafe it is a great setting to shop for antiques.
The mall has more than 22,000 square feet of display space and features more than 80 dealers in 100 booths. Mall dealers specialize in coins, advertising, toys, depression glass, Fenton, clocks, primitive furniture, Victorian furniture, Indian artifacts, books, and much more.
The Econo Lodge is a 60-unit hotel. Rooms include two queen beds or a king bed; some have jetted tubs. Fax and copying services, boardroom-style meeting facilities (seats 15) are available.
A restaurant is adjacent.
Fiddlesticks Gifts and Collectibles offers 115 booths with 80 vendors. All types of antiques and flea market items.
There is something for everyone; gift certificates are also available.
We offer kayak, raft and canoe rentals. The spring fed North Fork of the White River is Missouri’s eighth largest spring system.
Looking for something unique? Try our tree-house cabins at River of Life Farm.
Enjoy the Ozarks and Mark Twain National Forest, which join the ranch on three sides. The North Fork of the White River runs through the ranch, offering two miles of river frontage for swimming, fishing and water activities. Bring your horses and enjoy the trails. The ranch offers miles of scenic trails. Covered horse stalls available.
Cabins sleep 16. The bunkhouse features air-conditioned, private rooms: six accommodate two people; one takes four people. RV hookups (50/30/20 amp) and tent space available.
Amenities include a shower house, restrooms and a laundry room. There is a cave on the property which you may explore, for a fee.
Open March thru November.
Riding at the Flying R Ranch provides a variety of trails and varied terrain. Trails are constantly being developed with the goal of giving you a great trail-riding experience.
Ride down to the North Fork of the White River and begin your adventure. Bring your horses and enjoy the miles of scenic trails. We have covered stalls on-site.
Flying R Ranch is bordered on three sides by Mark Twain National Forest. The White River runs through the ranch, offering two-miles of river frontage for swimming, fishing, equestrian and water activities.
We have cabins on-site that sleep 16. The bunkhouse features private, air-conditioned, rooms. We have RV electric hookups and tent space.
Amenities include a shower-house, restrooms and a laundry. There is a cave on the property, which you may explore for a fee.
Galloway Creek Nature Park is a 40 acre tract of land purchased by the City of West Plains with the understanding that the land would be developed into a recreational park. Galloway Creek, a 5.3 mile long tributary creek runs through the property.
Areas incorporated in the park and serve as a "green area" for wildlife communities. The park reserves the natural habitat of many native plants and animals. Amenities include a covered bridge, pavilion, play area, walking trail and picnic tables.
The park is a great way for families to spend quality time together enjoying the outdoors and learning about nature. The park is maintained by various civic organizations, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, environmental agencies and the City of West Plains.
The park is also host to the annual event Haunting in the Hollows, held the third Saturday in October each year.
Often called the Little Grand Canyon, the gulf was created when the ceiling of a giant cave collapsed more than 10,000 years ago. An uncollapsed remnant of the original cave forms a 250-foot natural bridge.
The gulf winds for more than a mile between vertical walls as high as 130 feet. Hiking trails, scenic overlooks and picnic sites are available. Located six miles west of Thayer.
Exhibits include 200 sketches and paintings by L.L. Broadfoot. The museum's collection includes memorabilia of Jan Howard and Porter Wagoner as well as sports items of baseball greats Preacher Roe and Bill Virdon. American Indian artifacts, dating to 5,000 B.C.; antique farm implements; an Ozark still; World War I and World War II military items; and vintage clothing are also included in the displays. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m., April through October.
Nineteen RV spaces with full hookups. Daily, weekly, monthly rates; free cable TV and Wi-Fi. Laundromat. Can accommodate long-term RVs in full sized mobile home spaces, if available. Quiet park. Open year-round.
Heroes Coffee Cafe in West Plains, MO is a locally owned full service coffee and espresso bar and cafe offering gourmet made-to-order sandwiches, homemade soup and salads, baked goods, and more. Enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Locally owned and operated.
Family owned and operated, Hibby's is a place where you can bring the whole family and enjoy all your favorite games, enjoy great food and drinks. The restaurant offers a family oriented, smoke free, casual atmosphere. The menu consists of American fare, sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, pizza, soups and stews. The staff is friendly and welcoming.
The location of Holiday Inn Express offers easy access to the area's major businesses. Guests appreciate the beautiful state parks, historic mills and area entertainment. A 100-percent, no-smoking hotel.
The Archery Shop repairs all types of bows; offers shooting lessons; and sponsors weekly tournaments.
This large memorial is dedicated to and lists the names of Howell County, MO residents who have given their lives in defense of our country in WWI & II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Also at the monument is a small stone sculpture of a cross flanked by a helmet and a pair of combat boots. The cross serves to hold the wreath which is placed annually at the memorial by "Gold Star Mothers" who take part in the Memorial Day Ceremonies.
Lost Treasures offers 14,000 square feet of space with 150 vendor booths. We have a variety of antique and collectible items for sale. New items arrive weekly. If you collect a certain item you are welcome to give us a call and we will add you to a list to be notified if the item comes in to our store.
Hit the Links in Southeast Missouri
Grab the driver and let 'er rip on courses across Southeast Missouri.
U.S. 63 Itinerary Part II
A scenic drive in this section of the Show-Me State offers outdoor fun, golf and wine tasting.
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