Where’s the Most Beautiful Place in Missouri?

It’s right here in the beautiful Arcadia Valley and Black River Recreation Area
Only 80 miles southwest of St. Louis in the St. Francois Mountains of the Ozarks.

(Please Note: If you use Mapquest, Google Maps or Yahoo Maps: Highways W and V at the Farmington, MO Exit off of Highway 67 have both become Missouri Highway 221. This change has not yet been reflected on any map currently available online. Highways W and V no longer exist. They are now Highway 221.)


Here’s how to get here.  Download this map and directions here.

Arcadia Valley map - Missouri Vacations

Directions

From St. Louis – Take I-55 south out of St. Louis to US Hwy 67, just south of the Festus (Route A) exit. Turn right (Exit 174) onto southbound US Hwy 67 and drive past Bonne Terre, Park Hills, Leadington and into Farmington. On the south side of Farmington is the Hwy 221 overpass. Exit onto Hwy 221 to the right. Travel on Route 221 for nine miles where Hwy 221 turns to the left. Stay on Hwy 221 for nine more miles to Pilot Knob/Ironton/Arcadia. If continuing to Lesterville, Centerville, and Ellington continue on Hwy 21 south and stay on Hwy21 (to the right) at junction of Hwy 21 & 49. For Annapolis continue on 49 at the junction.

From Jefferson City – Take US Hwy 50 east out of Jefferson City to US Hwy 63. Turn right onto US Hwy 63 and travel to Vichy. At the junction of US Hwy 63 and Hwy 68, turn left onto Hwy 68. Stay on Hwy 68 through St. James. South of St. James at the junction of Hwy 68 and Hwy 8, stay to the left. You will be on Hwy 8. Travel on Hwy 8 to Potosi. As you leave Potosi, turn right onto Hwy 21. Stay on Hwy 21, passing Elephant Rocks State Park. Continue on Hwy 21 into Pilot Knob/Ironton/Arcadia. If continuing to Lesterville, Centerville, and Ellington continue on Hwy 21 south and stay on Hwy21 (to the right) at junction of Hwy 21 & 49. For Annapolis continue on 49 at the junction.

From Springfield/Joplin – Take I-44 out of Springfield toward St. Louis. Exit at the St. James Overpass (Exit 195) and turn right onto Hwy 8/68. Stay on Hwy 68 through St. James. South of St. James at the junction of Hwy 68 and Hwy 8, stay to the left. You will be on Hwy 8. As you leave Potosi, turn right onto Hwy 21, passing Elephant Rocks State Park. Continue on Hwy 21 into Pilot Knob/Ironton/Arcadia. If continuing to Lesterville, Centerville, and Ellington continue on Hwy 21 south and stay on Hwy21 (to the right) at junction of Hwy 21 & 49. For Annapolis continue on 49 at the junction.

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Arcadia Valley Regional map - Missouri Vacations
Arcadia Valley & Black River Recreational Area brochure - Missouri Vacations

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