Shannon County, Missouri
Among the foothills of the Ozark Mountains lies the
beautiful five-county area we call the Ozark Foothills
Region. Situated midway between St. Louis and Memphis, it is
160 miles to either city, north and south respectively. The
area is also 160 miles northeast of Little Rock, AR.
Summersville, Missouri - "The Best Kept Secret of the
Ozarks" is the nearest town and offers all the amenities and
comforts of home.
We offer some of the friendliest folks anywhere and have a
great deal to offer those willing to relocate in this most
beautiful area of the Ozarks. Located close to the crystal
clear waters of the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers we’re
happy to host canoers as well as horse enthusiasts wishing
to ride our picturesque hills and valleys . . . . . in fact
Big Creek Trail Rides offers eleven rides through out the
year to provide those with horses a breath taking view of
our hills and “hollers”!
Residents enjoy a variety of outdoor activities centered
around the natural attractions scattered throughout the
five-county area. Big Springs State Park, home of the
world's largest natural spring; Current River; Black River;
Markham Springs State Park; Clearwater Lake; Johnson's
Shut-Ins; Deer Run State Forest; Pinewoods Lake; Lake
Wappapello; Watercress Park; Sam A. Baker State Park, and
the Mark Twain National Forest offer camping, fishing,
hiking/fitness/nature trails, motor boating,
tubing/floating, swimming, and water skiing. The area is
also designated as part of the beautiful National Scenic
Healthcare is readily available in the five-county region.
Along with numerous clinics, there are also Poplar Bluff
Regional Medical Center's North and South Campuses, plus the
John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Hospital, in Poplar
Bluff, as well as Ripley County Memorial Hospital, in
Doniphan, and Reynolds County Memorial Hospital, in
Three Rivers Community College, located in Poplar Bluff, is
utilized by students from all over the area. The
well-rounded curriculum and the extra-curricular activities
offered at the community college are outstanding. Southeast
Missouri State University, located in Cape Girardeau, and
Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro, AR, are less than
100 miles away, making them popular choices for area
students seeking four-year degrees.
The Ozark Foothills Region of Southeast Missouri is a
beautiful area with numerous natural attractions. Residents
have access to first-rate healthcare, as well as topnotch
educational opportunities. While enjoying the friendliness
of the small town environments, local citizens are able to
take advantage of the opportunities and services found in
the larger municipalities nearby. The Ozark Foothills Region
is an excellent place to call home!
Montauk State Park
Just down the road, and offering some of the finest trout
fishing in the Midwest, Montauk
State Park is
located at the headwaters of the famed Current River. The
park's springs combine with tiny Pigeon Creek to supply 43
million gallons of water to the river each day. The cool,
clear stream is an ideal home for rainbow trout, and the
scenic valley is the perfect setting for camping, hiking and
other outdoor pursuits.
Anglers descend on Montauk State Park from March 1 to Oct.
31 for the official trout season, and on winter weekends for
a catch-and-release season. After a day of fishing, you can
tour the park's trout hatchery, managed by the Missouri
Department of Conservation. Early settlers first established
Montauk as a self-sufficient community in the early 1800s. A
gristmill, built in 1896, is open seasonally for tours.
For visitors wishing to spend a night or more in the park,
Montauk offers a wide variety of choices. The large
campground, equipped with modern restrooms, hot showers and
dump stations, features both basic and electric sites. The
park offers rental cabins with kitchens, modern fourplex
cabins and motel rooms for guests choosing to spend the
night indoors. A modern dining lodge opens daily during the
trout season and on weekends during the catch-and-release
Mark Twain National Forest
Mark Twain National Forest is just down the road.
Missouri's only national forest, the Mark Twain, encompasses
roughly 1.5 million acres, mostly within the Ozark
Highlands. Located across southern Missouri and northern
Arkansas, the Ozark Highlands are an ancient landscape
characterized by large permanent springs, over 5,000 caves,
rocky barren glades, old volcanic mountains and nationally
recognized streams. Portions of the Ozarks were never under
oceans, nor were the areas glaciated.
A trademark of the Mark Twain is plant and animal diversity.
The area is described by The Nature Conservancy as a
“biologically rich ecological resource.” The eastern upland
oak hardwood and southern pine forests converge here with
the drier western bluestem prairie of the Great Plains,
creating a distinctive array of open grassy woodlands and
savannas. This rich mixture of unique, diverse and
ecologically complex natural communities (some 65 in all)
provides a home for nearly 750 species of native vertebrate
animals and over 2,000 plant species. The number of species
that are endemic or restricted solely to the Ozarks
eco-region (almost 200 species) rivals those found in the
tropics or glacial eco-regions.
Geologic features associated with the karst terrain and
igneous outcroppings of the Ozarks provide a wide variety of
interest to the landscape. There are sheer rock faces,
underground caverns, natural bridges, sinkholes, knobs and
caves throughout the Forest. Caves provide habitat for
unique animals like cave salamanders and southern cave fish.
Shut-in creeks, whose enormous rock boulders restrict flow,
create nationally renowned white water kayaking and canoeing
Due to the karst topography, there is an abundance of
natural springs found in the area. The Ozarks are home to
the world's largest collection of “first magnitude” springs
(those with over 65 million gallons of water daily flow).
Almost 3,000 springs feed rivers and streams that flow year
round. Many of these streams are so clear that ten feet of
depth appears to be only one foot deep.
Greer Spring, the second largest in Missouri, is considered
to be the most pristine and scenic in the state. Discharging
an average of 222 million gallons of water per day, Greer
Spring more than doubles the flow of the Eleven Point River.
The importance of the water resource of the Mark Twain is
exemplified by the designation of the Eleven Point Scenic
River, one of the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in the
nation. These natural features are a destination for many
visitors to Missouri.
Today the Forest's large land base is many things to many
people, containing some of Missouri's most beautiful and
desirable landscapes and providing natural settings critical
for the tourism industry. The diverse Ozark topography is
the keystone of many recreational opportunities. The Forest
provides hiking, hunting, mountain biking, horseback and OHV
riding areas that complement other agencies. Over 45 million
people are within a day's drive of its unique features and