Trip Ideas: Playing in Pulaski County
Pulaski County is full of Route 66 attractions, golf escapes, kayaking and floating adventures to enjoy on your family vacation, year-round. Relax as you go kayaking down a river and get in a quick round on one of the gorgeous public golf courses. Many great adventures await in Route 66 territory.
Day One
Piney Valley is one of the best golf escapes in Missouri. The 18-hole, par 72 course runs through a beautiful valley along the Big Piney River. It is open to the public President's Day thru November. The course features a driving range, putting green, chipping area, pro shop, snack bar and lessons. Located on Fort Leonard Wood.
FLW 20, Fort Leonard Wood MO 65473, 573-329-4770
Hours: Pro shop: Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue.-Sun., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Golf: sunrise to sunset.
Headed by a PGA Professional, Richland Golf & Country Club is a public, 9-hole, scenic course with multiple sets of tees. Open year-round. Play it long, play it short – golf escapes to Richland Golf and Country Club are always a fun challenge. Come for 9, stay for 18, 27...
1555 N. Pine St., Richland MO 65556, 573-765-4825
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
A quick stop along the way is a must-see. There are plenty of Route 66 attractions, but this one sticks out – literally. W.H. Croaker is a huge rock, painted like a frog. It sits beside Historic Route 66, overlooking the town of Waynesville. This is just one cool Route 66 attraction you will see as you “get your kicks on Route 66.”
300 Historic Route 66, Waynesville MO 65583, 573-336-6355
Hours: 24 hours
Go kayaking; rent canoes, rafts, jon boats and tubes for a beautiful one-day and multi-day float, ranging from four to 60 miles. Facilities include camping sites, a shower house, horseshoes, sand-volleyball and walking trails. Kayaking and canoeing at Lay Z Day is perfect for, well ... a lazy day.
23455 Teak Lane, St. Robert MO 65584, 573-336-8639
Hours: Office: daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Day Two
A world-renowned, scuba diving cave adventure in Laughlin Park. The average daily flow of Roubidoux Spring is 37 million gallons; 16th largest in Missouri. Temperature ranges from the upper 40s in winter to the low 60s in summer and fall. Roubidoux Spring is open to all certified cave divers.
100 Historic Route 66, Waynesville MO 65583, 573-336-6355
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is a beautiful campground on a bluff overlooking the Big Piney River. Each campsite includes a fire ring and picnic table; some have electric and water hook-ups. The resort offers rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the Big Piney River.
33850 Windsor Lane, Duke MO 65461, 573-435-6767
Hours: Office: Sun.-Thur., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.