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We are located in beautiful hills of southeast Missouri.  Our area offers plenty of outdoor recreation within a short distance to keep your family busy for the duration of your stay.     There are several State Parks within driving distance,  floating on the crystal clear Black River, along with many other local attractions.    See the links to some of these attractions below.   

With the ancient St. Francois Mountains, the unspoiled natural landscape and the cool waters of the St. Francis River and Big Creek, Sam A. Baker State Park has something for everyone.

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. Click HERE for more info

The wilderness qualities and geology of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park and the surrounding St. Francois Mountains make this park a special place to visit. Its rugged character provides the perfect backdrop for camping, hiking, picnicking, splashing in the shut-ins, exploring nature or just relaxing. Click HERE for more information.

The elephant shaped rocks, which were formed from 1.5 billion year old granite, are giant boulders that stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. The rocks have created formations that intrigue geologists, and fascinate children who love to climb on and between the boulders. The trail winds through the main area of rocks. 

Picnic tables are scattered among the trees and provide inviting spots to have a picnic lunch or rest and enjoy the interesting geologic formations found throughout the park.   Click HERE for more information.

Jeff's Canoe Rental is located on the Crystal Clear Black River just four miles from Annapolis.  Whether you are looking for a fun-filled family float or are planning a larger group float, they will strive to accommodate your floating needs.   They offer floats by raft, canoe, kayak, or tubes.     Click HERE for more information.

Places To Eat

Heifer Mel's Diner         Des Arc, MO      573-598-1344 


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