Beautiful scenery at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Missouri.

History in the Ozarks

The southwestern part of Missouri is as Southern as any area of the South! This is the Ozarks region, where mountain ways and cultures still survive as do some of the most beautiful scenic vistas in America.

This was the mountain home country of television’s imaginary Beverly Hillbillies and you can still touch some of the places from your favorite classic show throughout the region. Silver Dollar City in Branson is mentioned in the show and you can even see the original Beverly Hillbillies truck at the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout (2 miles south of Branson).

The Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area on the outskirts of Branson preserves 1,534 acres of stunning Ozarks country. Paul Henning is remembered today as the creator of the Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction. He and Ruth donated much of the land for the park, which uniquely preserves many of the scenes from the book that made Branson famous.

Harold Bell Wright’s Shepherd of the Hills tells a remarkable story of live in the hills around Branson and was one of the first great best-selling books of the 20th century. The Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area preserves many noteworthy spots that are mentioned in the book, among them Dewey Bald, Boulder Bald, the “trail that is nobody knows how old,” Sammy Lane’s Lookout, the Signal Tree and Little Pete’s Cave.

Elsewhere in Southwest Missouri you will find Civil War battlefields, mountains, lakes, caves and much more.

Christmas Lights in Branson, Missouri

Battle of Carthage State Historic Site

Battle of Springfield Tour

Big Sugar Creek State Park

Branson Area Historic Sites

Branson Scenic Railway

Branson Titanic Museum

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Fantastic Caverns

George Washington Carver National Monument

Glade Top National Forest Scenic Byway

Ghost of Big Cedar

Gray/Campbell Farmstead

Harry S. Truman Birthplace State Historic Site

Hercules Glades Wilderness

Murphysburg Residential Historic District

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ralph Foster Museum (Beverly Hillbillies truck!)

Roaring River State Park

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

Showboat Branson Belle

Springfield National Cemetery

Sugar Camp National Forest Scenic Byway

Table Rock State Park

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Wild Bill Hickock Gunfight Site

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield