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.
A national tribute to the brave men and women who defended our liberties during the 20th Century. A visit to the museum is a powerful, emotional experience. As you wander the great halls of the museum you’ll be captivated by the stories of these men and women who gave us so much. The museum is filled with the most incredible collection of wartime exhibits covering the heights and depths of human experience.
The CAF AirPower History Tour is coming to an airport near you. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of historic World War II aircraft. Visitors will be allowed to get up close and touch the airplanes, tour the cockpit, talk to the crews, teach the kids, and watch the planes FLY!