The Christmas City Anderson to Noel, MO

Noel, Missouri

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A 9-mile drive along the scenic overhanging bluffs of the Elk River to Noel, the Christmas City. The drive takes place in McDonald County, a county that gained fame in 1961 by declaring itself the McDonald Territory after the county name was left off the official Missouri highway map that year. Although the county officials have since forgotten their anger, and the added publicity they generated has declined, the exceptionally scenic overhanging bluffs over the highway endure. Special attractions: Elk River, Indian Creek Roadside Park, Mt. Shira Stream Access, and Noel; overhanging bluffs, canoeing, swimming, and fall colors. Location: Western Ozarks. The drive begins at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Missouri Highway 59. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving the Ozarks

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Scenic Driving the Ozarks

by Don Kurz (Falcon Guides)

A 9-mile drive along the scenic overhanging bluffs of the Elk River to Noel, the Christmas City. The drive takes place in McDonald County, a county that gained fame in 1961 by declaring itself the McDonald Territory after the county name was left off the official Missouri highway map that year. Although the county officials have since forgotten their anger, and the added publicity they generated has declined, the exceptionally scenic overhanging bluffs over the highway endure.

Special attractions: Elk River, Indian Creek Roadside Park, Mt. Shira Stream Access, and Noel; overhanging bluffs, canoeing, swimming, and fall colors. Location: Western Ozarks. The drive begins at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Missouri Highway 59. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Don Kurz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Noel
Distance: 9
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Buffalo Hills Natural Area
Driving Directions: Directions to The Christmas City: Anderson to Noel, MO

Recent Trail Reviews

10/18/2005
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I would consider this more of a drive than a trail. But, it is a good area to take on a motorcycle. Highway 59 heads south past Noel, MO into Arkansas and some small towns including Gentry... home of McKee Foods which makes Little Debbie snacks. There is a Little Debbie store on the West side of the highway that is open Sundays.



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