Perhaps the most pristine lake in the area, Stockton lake is both scenic and functional. Take in the sites as you fish or boat, enjoy the Light the Lake music festival in the fall, and see how many wild animals you can spot. You might even see a bald eagle, the national bird making Stockton Lake its home.
Perhaps best known for featuring on of the largest outdoor classrooms of all time, Kellogg Lake is a great place to unwind and enjoy your day. You can delight in the nature around you, take a break on the lake, and spend some quality time with your family in the great outdoors.
A little snapshot of history in downtown Branson! Show your family how things used to be at this authentic five and dime. You can find almost anything you need like gifts, souvenirs, toys, games, hard-to-find old-time candy, housewares, toiletries, paper dolls, linens, dry goods, sewing notions, yarn, greeting cards, crafts and the list goes on.
Take a trail through history. Big Sugar Creek Park features trees and plants not seen anywhere else in Missouri… anymore, that is! The trail is great for those seeking wildlife and unusual flora and fauna.
Missouri’s only National Forest, Mark Twain, encompasses roughly 1.5 million acres, mostly within the Ozark Highlands. The Forest is characterized by large permanent springs, caves, rocky barren glades, old volcanic mountains and nationally-recognized streams. Mark Twain National Forest has seven Wilderness Areas scattered from east to west in southern Missouri.
Access to both the river and creek gives anglers the opportunity to hook many varieties of fish and canoeists the chance to float year-round. Several miles of hiking, backpacking, bicycling and equestrian trails provide glimpses of the area as the earlier settlers found it. Exhibits in the park’s nature center interpret the natural and cultural history of the park.
Visitors can spend the night in either a rustic cabin or one of two large campgrounds. For horse lovers, there is a separate equestrian camp. Shaded picnic areas are available for small and large groups.
Few places in the Ozarks provide a glimpse of earth’s turbulent past as well as Rocky Falls. The reddish-brown rock you see in this place is rhyolite porphyry. It formed as molten rock deep within the earth and flowed onto the surface about 1.5 billion years ago. At the time, no living thing existed to see the awesome flow of glowing hot lava slowly advancing over the barren landscape.
Explore a geologic oddity – Crowley’s Ridge – at Morris State Park. The ridge rises 200 feet above the Mississippi River’s floodplain and consists of a strip of low hills ranging from a half-mile to five or more miles wide. The park, which was donated to the state by Jim D. Morris, consists of unusual soil types and rare plant species. A 2.25-mile loop trail extends through a portion of the ridge and allows visitors to see just how powerful erosion can be.
McCormack Lake is a beautiful setting for camping, fishing, hiking, or just relaxing and enjoying nature. This recreation area offers semi-developed picnic and camping facilities, including eight primitive campsites offering limited tables, firerings and lantern posts. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are not available. A vault toilet is located in the picnic area.
The 15-acre lake is stocked annually, with panfish and bass being the most popular catches. The lake is a non-motorized; boat motors are not allowed. Electric trolling motors are OK. Ample parking is available for both picnickers and fisherman.
The area also serves as a trailhead for the McCormack-Greer Trail. This 4-mile trail connects McCormack Lake with the Greer Crossing Rec Area, and follows the Eleven Point section of the Ozark Trail for much of its route.
A non-profit, volunteer-run cultural center in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, the museum is home to the artwork of Lennis L. Broadfoot. Broadfoot was a Shannon County native who is best known for his book “Pioneers of the Ozarks,” a portrait of early Ozark life. The museum features many other snapshots of life in the earlier times of the Ozarks.