The Missouri Ozarks used to be a well kept secret, but not anymore! It has been found by those that would like to live a more rural lifestyle centered around the outdoors. The Southern Missouri Ozarks is one of the friendliest and prettiest areas in the Midwest. It includes a variety of communities whose citizens work hard, play hard and happily lend a helping hand to neighbors and area visitors alike. South Central Missouri is served by the main highways of US Highway 63 and US Highway 60 and is nestled in the midst of the Ozark Mountains. The Missouri Ozarks are a great place to visit but an even greater place to live. This area continues to grow and is a perfect place to retire or raise a family.
In the Ozarks, you can witness the definite changing of the seasons, as blooms of all types burst forth in the spring, and the winter months transform the landscape into a winter wonderland. The Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas climate is made up of sunshine and mild temperatures. Spring temperatures range from 50-70 degrees, summers in the 70s-90s, and autumn temperatures are comparable to the spring. The winters are mild and usually stay above 20 degrees. The average precipitation is 45 inches of rainfall with a few inches of snow each year.
The Ozarks have an abundance of whitetail deer, wild turkey, quail, dove, and rabbit. They can often be seen while driving along our scenic highways, navigating our Ozark National Scenic Riverways or hiking in our Mark Twain National Forest. Hunting plays a major role in our recreation in South Central Missouri. There are thousands of acres of the Mark Twain National Forest which offer an abundance of recreational areas across the Ozarks.
The Southern Missouri Ozarks is home to several State Parks including, but not limited to Current River State Park, Echo Bluff State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Eleven Point State Park, Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Montauk State Park, and Onondaga Cave State Park. Glade Top Trail is Missouri’s only National Forest Scenic Byway highlighting several panoramic views.
Lakes such as Norfork, Bull Shoals, Stockton, Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Truman are a water wonderland for skiers, fishermen, campers and sight seekers. The Missouri Ozark Riverways are never ending and uniquely, have water flowing both north and south. From Mansfield to Licking, North of U.S. Highway 60 and west of Highway 63 flowing in a northeast direction are the Gasconade, Osage Fork of Gasconade, Woods Fork of Gasconade, Little Piney, Big Piney, Roubidouix, all of which flow into each other and into the Missouri River. The Current, North & South Prong of the Jacks Fork, Jacks Fork, Eleven Point River, Northfork of the White River, Bryant Creek, Fox Creek, Beaver Creek, Swan Creek all flow in a south to southeasterly direction.
Southern Missouri is a destination for horse lovers and trail riders with the numerous trails throughout the Mark Twain National Forest. In fact, the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association is headquartered out of Ava, Missouri.
Agriculture is a major industry in Southern Missouri with hay, beef, sheep and dairy farms. In our area, farmers can typically run 4 acres to 1 cow. The size of your paddocks and whether or not you rotationally graze will impact that ratio. We typically cut hay twice per year and feed hay from about Christmas time through April. The vast majority of operations in our area are beef cattle farms with a few sheep and dairy operations as well. The Southern Missouri Ozarks are known for growing lots of grass and having ample opportunity to enjoy the numerous hills, springs, creeks, rivers and caves. Timber is another industry in our area with products ranging from hardwood flooring, railroad ties, furniture, and gun stocks to whiskey barrels, power poles, and pallets. The main timber types in our area are varieties of oak, walnut and pine.
Artisans, small manufacturers and those that are able to work remotely find our area inspiring and attractive because of the low cost of living and the cost of buildings that you can use to manufacture your products. Our location in the center of the country makes shipping a breeze!
Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas are known for their clear springs, rivers, and lakes. The many area springs include: Alley Spring, Big Spring, Blue Spring, Pulltite Spring, Round Spring Cave, and Greer Spring. They all produce several million gallons of water an hour. Just across the Arkansas state line is Mammoth Spring which is one of the largest springs in the world!
Some of the best clear water fishing in the world can be found minutes away in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. It includes the Jacks Fork River, Eleven Point River, and the Current River. Also nearby is the Trophy Trout North Fork River and Bryant Creek. These streams are perfect for canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake, Table Rock Lake, and Clearwater Lake, can all be found near to the area. They make a great place for boating and swimming.
South Central Missouri is home to several historic Grist Mills: Alley Spring Mill, Dawt Mill, Hammond Mill, Hodgson Mill, Monauk Mill, Rockbridge Rainbow Trout & Game Ranch, Topaz Mill, and Zanoni Mill
Mansfield, Missouri, in Wright County, is known as the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House on the Prairie" books. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum and Rocky Ridge Farm where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her famous "Little House" books are the main attractions in Mansfield and draw a sizeable crowd to their Wilder Days Festival every fall. On average over 30,000 people visit this attraction from all 50 U.S. states and about 20 different countries!
Just north of Mansfield, MO is Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company which is an attraction all its own, offering nearly 2,000 varieties of vegetable, flower and herb seeds, which is the largest selection of heimlooms in the United States.
The South Central Missouri Ozarks is home to a couple wineries located right off US Hwy 60 and provide tours and host events: Viandel Vineyard, Horst Vineyard, and Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station
Springfield, Missouri is located just an hour away and is home to the original and largest Bass Pro store and Johnny Morris’ newly opened Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Just a little further south in Branson, Missouri are the Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock and Dogwood Cayon Nature Park attractions that are all well worth a visit.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Every year several of the area communities play host to a number of entertaining events all of which pay tribute to our Old West spirit and heritage:
Nearby Branson, MO is nationally recognized for its live music shows and other attractions as well.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCES
There are several area schools that provide comprehensive educational programs:
There are several Universities, Community Colleges and Technical Schools within the area as well, offering students a diverse option to further their education:
A UNIQUE DIFFERENCE
Ozarks country living combined with the recreational and agricultural offerings of our area, make it a great place to live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. United Country Real Estate | Ozarks Realty and Auction Group has the experience, marketing and technology to help you sell or locate the property of your dreams. We are experts in the sales and purchases of Missouri farms, ranches for sale, horse and equine properties, recreational and hunting property, riverfront and waterfront homes, land for sale near Mark Twain National Forest, country homes on acreages in the Ozarks, and more. We specialize in real estate for sale throughout the Southern Missouri Ozarks region including the areas of Dent County, Douglas County, Howell County, Ozark County, Shannon County, Texas County, Webster County, Wright County, and the surrounding Southern Missouri Ozark areas.
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Southern Missouri offers many of the benefits of larger cities while still maintaining a small town charm in it’s smaller towns and communities, coupled with the agriculture and recreation that rural lifestyles enjoy. Come home to the Missouri Ozarks where the people are helpful and courteous, and warm hospitality is a tradition.
Please contact one of our real estate experts, in one of our six locations in the South Central Missouri Ozarks, today to find the perfect property for your lifestyle. We look forward to helping you achieve your real estate dreams.