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The Arcadia Valley Region & Black River Recreation Area -
Outdoor Recreation Capital of Missouri!

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Welcome to our website and to the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Missouri"!  We are conveniently located in the heart of the St. Francois Mountain range of the Ozark Plateau. With the highest mountains in Missouri, we are only 80 miles from the hustle and bustle of the city of St. Louis. Let our country roads take you home to a place you belong -  Your best Missouri Getaway Vacation ever to the historic and peaceful side of the Ozarks!

Located within our region are three of the most beautiful Missouri State Parks; Johnson's Shut-ins, Elephant Rocks and Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.  You'll also find the Mark Twain National Forest and the Ozark Trail, chief among the hiking trails in the Midwest.  Our crystal clear Black River is the cleanest river for float trips in Missouri.  Go horseback riding, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and birdwatching.  We're sure you'll agree that our scenic region is one of the best places to visit in Missouri! 

We have more than just the "outdoor recreation capital" title.  Travel to our region of Missouri and find a wide variety of Missouri lodging and accommodations and Missouri Campgrounds,  You'll find charming antique shops, fine restaurants, annual events and music festivals, live entertainment and a unique and fascinating history.  Many travel to our region to see the Missouri historic towns, villages and landmarks.  Visit Fort Davidson State Historic Site, scene of the Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob.  Spend a day at Missouri Wineries nearby.  Our region, a photographer's dream, is filled with picturesque architecture, scenic vistas and natural geologic wonders found nowhere else on earth.

We invite you to take a Missouri Vacation near St. Louis in the Country!  Take our online Missouri Vacation tours below and discover your next MO vacation destination.  Download our free Missouri Travel and Vacation Guide to the Arcadia Valley and Black River Area.  We look forward to having you!


Texas Eagle Service to Arcadia Valley Station!

Watch the movies about our beautiful Arcadia Valley Region &
Black River Recreation Area - Your best choice for a Missouri Vacation!

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Missouri Floating Guide
Missouri Float Trips Guide~ Float Trips on the Cleanest River in Missouri! 

Your Vacation in Missouri, "where the rivers run" would not be complete without floating the cleanest stream in MO.
  Enjoy Missouri canoeing at its best, or choose to take a relaxing float trip in rafts, tubes or kayaks.  Black River floating is a pleasure for veteran and novice floaters 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.  Read about Missouri Float Trips here.
Missouri Sports and Recreation Guide

Visit the most beautiful Missouri State Parks - Johnson's Shut-ins, Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri's highest point), Elephant Rocks State Park, Fort Davidson State Historic Site and the Ozark Trail are all right here for you to enjoy.  Nestled in the St. Francois Mountains of the Ozark Plateau and the Mark Twain National Forest, the outdoor activities are endless.  Whether you enjoy sightseeing, photography, camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, picnicking, floating, bird watching, horseback riding or mountain biking, your Missouri Vacation in the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area will provide unlimited recreational opportunities. Play Golf or visit Missouri Wineries nearby. If you long to see and experience a special place where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, containing ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic or historical value, make your plans to visit our unique area of the United States now. 
Missouri Lodging and Accommodations Guide

Choose from spectacular resorts, motels, hotels, lodges, charming and romantic bed and breakfast inns, family vacation rentals, cabins or cottages.  Everything you can dream of is right here in our region.  All lodging facilities are near our abundant recreational opportunities, shopping, dining, entertainment and Missouri canoeing. Take our tour of available lodging in the region.  All of our hosts are here to help you and your family plan your best vacation ever!
Missouri Dining and Restaurants Guide

Everything from fine dining to casual fare is available in the Arcadia Valley and Black River Recreation Area.  Take our Restaurant and Dining tour!
Missouri Antiques and Collectibles Shopping Guide

We have dozens of antique shops, antique malls and collectible and gift shops right here!  Come and shop till you drop.  It's the perfect Girls Getaway Weekend destination!  Tour our variety of charming and quaint shops.  If you want a vacation where you can shop to your heart's content, come to the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area!
Missouri Campgrounds Guide - Missouri Camping

Go Camping in MO!  If you're looking for Missouri Campgrounds where you can getaway to enjoy float trips, canoeing, rafting, camping cabins, horseback riding, trail riding and even live music and concerts by the river and under the stars, our MO campgrounds will fulfill your every desire.  Whether you're looking for a family campground or a place where you and your friends can stay up under the night sky until the wee hours, our Missouri Campgrounds Guide will direct you to the best Missouri campgrounds in our region for your needs.
Take our Online Tour of Missouri History

Visit historic Missouri towns and landmarks in our region and take our tour of the the Civil War in Missouri.  Learn about the Native American Indians who were here when the first Europeans arrived. Read about the earliest Missouri settlements and the triumphs and hardships the earliest settlers faced.  Our region is filled with landmarks and bridges to the past for you to visit.   Come to our region for a Missouri History Vacation!  Make plans now to join us for Missouri Civil War reenactments, events and tours both now and during the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary).
Missouri Events, Festivals, Live Music and Entertainment Guide

There's always something going on in our region the whole family can enjoy. Choose from "Branson Style" shows, or during the summer season, enjoy outdoor concerts and music festivals by the river or at one of our fine venues in the region.  Come for our Fall Festivals, Christmas Festival or the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals in May and October.  Learn about the Reenactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob held at Fort Davidson State Historic Site
Missouri Genealogy

Take a Missouri Family History Vacation!  For those of you researching your family history in Iron County, Missouri and Reynolds County, Missouri, it can often be very challenging. We are hopeful that the information, resources and links provided on this website will make things easier for you. We will attempt to clarify some of the issues that even the most enthusiastic genealogist may face when researching family history in our Black River Area and Arcadia Valley Region.
Where is the most beautiful place in Missouri?  Here's how to find the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area. See our maps and directions.  Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to serving you on your best Missouri Vacation ever!
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Mina Sauk Falls at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Float Trips on Black River, Missouri's Clearest Stream!Live Music & Entertainment throughout the region.Fine Dining, Restaurants and Wineries!Elephant Rocks State Parks - A Natural Missouri WonderCarriage Rides to charm and delight!The Old Fashioned feel of regional events and history!Historic landmarks like Reed Springs

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Sunset in the Mark Twain National Forest

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