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Carter County

     Carter County, with a population of 6,265, is located in the central western portion of the Ozark Foothills Region. Some major industries and employers in the county include Royal Oak Enterprises, The Landing, Riverways Manor, the timber industry, and the public school systems. One health care clinic offers high-quality medical assistance to county residents, while one private and two public school systems educate children living in the county. A variety of recreational activities, including Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Peck Ranch Wildlife Refuge, Watercress Park, Big Spring National Park, and the beautiful Current River are also available in Carter County.

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To make accomodation arrangements when visiting The Current River or Big Spring, please review the following list (all numbers use area code 573):

 Big Spring National Park Cabins - 323-4423

 Big Spring Road Motel - 323-8128

 Garden of Eden Resort - 323-4641

 Hawthorne Motel - 323-4274

 The Landing and Rosecliff Lodge - 323-8433 /

 Misty Mountain Lodge - 323-8388

 River Cabins of Van Buren - 323-9204

 Smalley's Motel - 323-4263

 Starlight Motel - 323-4673

 When planning canoe and/or tube outings, consult the following list:

 Deer Run Campground Canoe and Tube Rental - 323-4447

 Big Spring Canoe and Tube Rental - 323-4550

 Hawthorne Landing Canoe & Tube Rental - 323-4562

 The Landing & Rosecliff Lodge-Canoe & Tube Rental - 323-8433

For dining purposes, please see the following list:

Big Springs Dining Lodge - 323-4332

Big Springs Restaurant - 323-4339

Blue Heron Restaurant - 323-8433

The Float Stream Restaurant - 323-9606

The Hungry Owl - 323-8289

Jolly Cone Drive-In - 323-4318

The Log Cabin Restaurant (Ellsinore) - 322-9300

Mercantile Coffeehouse Antiques - 323-8518 or 323-4059

Sixty's Diner (Ellsinore) - 322-1500

Also, for entertainment, make sure to visit the 21-Drive-In Theatre (945-2121) and experience a movie under the stars, or enjoy the tunes of local bands while dining along The Current River at The Landing (323-8433).


Carter County map


Carter County - Contact County Clerk (573) 323-4527

Royal Oak Enterprises
The Landing
Riverways Manor
Public School   Systems

Big Springs   Medical Clinic Van Buren   Medical Clinic US 60
MO 103, 21, 34
Co D, M, P, Y, J, C, F, Z, T, E, H, V, N, DD, K, B, O

public - Van   Buren

public -
Poplar   Bluff -
  45 mi.

commercial -
Cape Girardeau -
  125 miles

Watercress   Park,
Current River,
Big Springs   State Park,
Ozark National   Scenic   Riverways
Pinewoods Lake


2 public systems
1 private   school  

I-55 - 88miles Donald Black
Courthouse   located at 105   Main St. in Van   Buren

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