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Just south of Cassville you’ll come to Roaring River State Park, a Missouri gem on the edge of the Ozark Plateau.
Road trip guide: Eclectic Eureka Springs makes the perfect getaway for couples, friends and families
Eureka Springs is a vacationer’s dream. You won’t go hungry — or thirsty! And it’s pedestrian-friendly whether you love to shop or explore.
The Upper Buffalo Wilderness features soaring bluffs, a natural wild river, dozens of waterfalls and amazing views.
While the area around Echo Bluff State Park is a popular summer destination, it offers a special charm in the winter, and you are more likely to get a reservation.
Fall is a great time for a getaway from Springfield to Lake of the Ozarks. Check out these two wineries and a state park to hike.
Looking for scenic trails not far from Springfield, Mo.? Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area has two such trails: Pedestal Rocks Loop and King’s Bluff
Springfield-area Ozarkers live in the best basecamp location for one-tank getaways less than half a day’s drive from home. For fall, try Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas.
Where to stay and eat while staying in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas
Need a weekend trip that’s a short drive from Springfield, Mo.? Elephant Rocks and Johnson’s Shut-Ins have lots to see and do
Elephant Rocks State Park, about three-and-a-half hours from central Springfield, is a sprawling 131 acres. But its main attraction is the seven-acre natural area with majestic sights and gigantic pink-tinged granite boulders.
A weekend trip to Elephant Rocks and Johson’s Shut-Ins will obviously include lots of time admiring the boulders and best-known watering holes. But if you plan a longer weekend, there are plenty of ways to expand your fun.
Missouri’s most famous natural water park, Johnson’s Shut-Ins is a geologic wonderland nestled in the St. Francois Mountains. While the park attracts thousands each year to play among its rocky water chutes, slides, waterfalls and pools, it has plenty to offer whether you want to get wet or not.
While a scenic view after a long hike is certainly rewarding, you don’t always have to work that hard. Numerous gorgeous spots in the Missouri Ozarks can be enjoyed without breaking a sweat.
This scenic spot with five gorgeous waterfalls at Falling Water Creek is the perfect locale for a day trip or weekend trip from Springfield, Mo.
A guide for travelers interested in planning a weekend getaway to Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas, just 2.75 hours from Springfield, Missouri.