The Christmas City: Anderson to Noel, MO Professional Review and Guide
"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."