Best Scenic Drives in Missouri

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Missouri. Use this list to plan your next Missouri scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Roaring River State Park: Cassville to Eagle Rock, MO

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    Cassville, MO

    A 15-mile drive beginning in Cassville and dropping into the White River Hills to Eagle Rock. The first part of the drive crosses the southwestern part of the Springfield Plateau. The hills are ...
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    A 15-mile drive beginning in Cassville and dropping into the White River Hills to Eagle Rock. The first part of the drive ...

  • #2 Lake of the Ozarks: Bagnell Dam to Ha Ha Tonka, MO

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    Osage Beach, MO

    A 22-mile drive starting at Bagnell Dam and the Lake of the Ozarks. Attractive features along the way include picturesque hills, bluffs, glades, caves, and springs. The Lake of the Ozarks is ...
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    A 22-mile drive starting at Bagnell Dam and the Lake of the Ozarks. Attractive features along the way include picturesque ...

  • #3 Branson Area: Springfield to Branson, MO

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    Branson, MO

    A 56-mile drive beginning at Springfield and heading south through the scenic and rugged White River Hills to Branson. This drive begins in a part of the Ozarks known as the Springfield Plateau. ...
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    A 56-mile drive beginning at Springfield and heading south through the scenic and rugged White River Hills to Branson. This ...

  • #4 Big Spring: Van Buren to Big Spring, MO

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    Van Buren, MO

    A 7-mile drive beginning in Van Buren, crossing the Current River following the Forest Service’s Skyline Drive, and ending at Big Spring. Van Buren is the headquarters for the National Park Service’s ...
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    A 7-mile drive beginning in Van Buren, crossing the Current River following the Forest Service’s Skyline Drive, and ending ...

  • #5 Old Mill Run: Gainesville to U.S. Highway 160, MO

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    Gainesville, MO

    A 58-mile drive beginning in Gainesville and proceeding through scenic hills and valleys visiting glades, historic old water mills, springs, and clear-flowing streams along the way. Traveling ...
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    A 58-mile drive beginning in Gainesville and proceeding through scenic hills and valleys visiting glades, historic old water ...

  • #6 River and Hill Country: Cape Girardeau to Grand Tower, MO/IL

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    Cape Girardeau, MO

    A 70-mile drive starting in Cape Girardeau and following the eastern Ozark border on both sides of the Mississippi River. Located on the easternmost edge of the Ozarks, this drive follows the ...
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    A 70-mile drive starting in Cape Girardeau and following the eastern Ozark border on both sides of the Mississippi River. ...

  • #7 The Christmas City: Anderson to Noel, MO

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    Noel, MO

    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 ...
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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 ...

  • #8 Gateway to the West: Lewis and Clark to Shaw Nature Reserve

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    Saint Louis, MO

    An 85-mile drive beginning at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Illinois and crossing into Missouri to visit more historical, cultural, and recreational sites and ending at the Shaw ...
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    An 85-mile drive beginning at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Illinois and crossing into Missouri to visit more ...

  • #9 Glade Top Trail: Ava to Longrun, MO

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    Ava, MO

    A 38-mile drive beginning in Ava and proceeding south to a scenic ridge-top gravel road that is designated as a Forest Service Scenic Byway. The most interesting and unique parts of the White ...
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    A 38-mile drive beginning in Ava and proceeding south to a scenic ridge-top gravel road that is designated as a Forest Service ...

  • #10 Ancient Rocks: Potosi to Taum Sauk Mountain, MO

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    Pilot Knob, MO

    A 40-mile drive that begins at Potosi, heads south into the St. Francois Mountains, and ends at Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri. This drive leads through the heart of the St. ...
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    A 40-mile drive that begins at Potosi, heads south into the St. Francois Mountains, and ends at Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest ...

  • #11 Missouri Rhineland: Busch Conservation Area to Hermann, MO

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    Washington, MO

    A 50-mile drive beginning at Busch Conservation Area and traveling through the German-settled Missouri River valley and hills to historic Hermann. The northern edge of the Ozarks extends just ...
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    A 50-mile drive beginning at Busch Conservation Area and traveling through the German-settled Missouri River valley and hills ...

  • #12 Sugar Camo Scenic Byway

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    Cassville, MO

    An 8.1-mile Forest Service gravel route, primarily along a ridgetop with several scenic outlooks. The Sugar Camp Scenic Byway traverses a forested ridgetop in the southwest corner of Missouri. ...
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    An 8.1-mile Forest Service gravel route, primarily along a ridgetop with several scenic outlooks. The Sugar Camp Scenic Byway ...

  • #13 Great River Settlements: Ste. Genevieve to Fults Hill Prairie, MO/IL

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    Sainte Genevieve, MO

    A 28-mile drive through historic French settlements along the Mississippi River with a side trip to picturesque sandstone outcrops and canyons. Special attractions: Ste. Genevieve, Great River ...
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    A 28-mile drive through historic French settlements along the Mississippi River with a side trip to picturesque sandstone ...

  • #14 Boonslick Country: Columbia to Arrow Rock, MO

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    Columbia, MO

    A 55-mile drive beginning in Columbia and heading west across the northern edge of the Ozarks through historic towns and trails. This drive skirts along the northern edge of the Ozarks over a ...
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    A 55-mile drive beginning in Columbia and heading west across the northern edge of the Ozarks through historic towns and ...

  • #15 Springs and Rivers: Winona to Mammoth Spring, MO/AR

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    Alton, MO

    A 57-mile drive traveling from Winona south through rugged hills with large springs and the Eleven Point River to Grand Gulf and Mammoth Spring. When people first laid out the highway here, it ...
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    A 57-mile drive traveling from Winona south through rugged hills with large springs and the Eleven Point River to Grand Gulf ...

  • #16 Meramec Hills: St. James to Onondaga Cave, MO

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    Cuba, MO

    A 44-mile drive that begins at St. James and winds through the scenic wooded hills of the Meramec River valley to Onondaga Cave State Park. This drive begins on the eastern edge of the narrow ...
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    A 44-mile drive that begins at St. James and winds through the scenic wooded hills of the Meramec River valley to Onondaga ...

  • #17 Mineral Mines: Bonne Terre to Millstream Gardens, MO

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    Leadington, MO

    A 33-mile drive that begins at Bonne Terre and travels through the historic mining region to the scenic granite shut-ins of Millstream Gardens Conservation Area 9 miles west of Fredericktown. ...
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    A 33-mile drive that begins at Bonne Terre and travels through the historic mining region to the scenic granite shut-ins ...

  • #18 Glade Top Trail

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    Longrun, MO

    A 23-mile, well-maintained gravel road through the glades and forests of the Ozark Plateau. Situated in the rolling hills of the Ozark Plateau, Glade Top Trail has changed very little since the ...
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    A 23-mile, well-maintained gravel road through the glades and forests of the Ozark Plateau. Situated in the rolling hills ...

  • #19 Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway

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    Cabool, MO

    A 24-mile paved route through the Ozark hill country. The Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway passes farms and pastures in the hilly, forested Ozarks, and visits a 27-acre lake during its journey across ...
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    A 24-mile paved route through the Ozark hill country. The Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway passes farms and pastures in the hilly, ...

  • #20 Prairie Country: Niawathe to Prairie State Park, MO

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    Lamar, MO

    A 42-mile drive beginning 8 miles north of Lockwood on Missouri Highway 97, traveling west through prairie landscapes and the towns of Lamar and Liberal, and ending at Prairie State Park. This ...
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    A 42-mile drive beginning 8 miles north of Lockwood on Missouri Highway 97, traveling west through prairie landscapes and ...