Splendors of the Southland
Nature's handiwork and rich history shape Missouri's southeast corner, from the Mississippi River, which forms the state's east border, to the rolling Ozark Mountains just 60 miles west. Around bends in the highways and byways that twist through this area, you'll discover communities that look much as they did years ago. They're tucked along clear rivers and streams, amid the woods and in the shadows of the region's timeworn green hills.
The state's highest point, granite-capped Taum Sauk Mountain, rises just an hour's drive west of the river valley, as you wind through gentle folds of the Ozarks. Twisting roads take you deep into the forested wilds and to narrow, remote valleys. Here and there, a clear spring bubbles up from the earth, and old mills nestle along crystal-clear rivers.
Your easygoing 240-mile tour begins just 60 miles south of St. Louis and takes you through some of the area's most welcoming towns and extraordinary scenery. The route ends at a 100-year-old mill that perfectly captures the region's beauty and serenity.