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Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission
3019 Fair St. , Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 Phone: 573-785-6402 Email: info@ofrpc.org

Quality of Life

There is lots to see and do in the beautiful area known as the Ozark Foothills Region      Among the foothills of the Ozark Mountains lies the beautiful five-county area we call the Ozark Foothills Region. Situated midway between St. Louis and Memphis, it is 160 miles to either city, north and south respectively. The area is also 160 miles northeast of Little Rock, AR.


Family fun abounds in the Ozark Foothills Region     Residents enjoy a variety of outdoor activities centered around the natural attractions scattered throughout the five-county area. Big Springs State Park, home of the world's largest natural spring; Current River; Black River; Markham Springs State Park; Clearwater Lake; Johnson's Shut-Ins; Deer Run State Forest; Pinewoods Lake; Lake Wappapello; Watercress Park; Sam A. Baker State Park, and the Mark Twain National Forest offer camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, motor boating, tubing/floating, swimming, and water skiing. The area is also designated as part of the beautiful National Scenic Riverways.

Folks enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in the Ozark Foothills Region      Healthcare is readily available in the five-county region. Along with numerous clinics, there are also Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, plus the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Hospital, in Poplar Bluff, as well as Ripley County Memorial Hospital, in Doniphan, and Reynolds County Memorial Hospital, in Ellington.

    Three Rivers College, located in Poplar Bluff, is utilized by students from all over the area. The well-rounded curriculum and the extra-curricular activities offered at the community college are outstanding. Southeast Missouri State University, located in Cape Girardeau, and Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro, AR, are less than 100 miles away, making them popular choices for area students seeking four-year degrees.

     The Ozark Foothills Region of Southeast Missouri is a beautiful area with numerous natural attractions. Residents have access to first-rate healthcare, as well as topnotch educational opportunities. While enjoying the friendliness of the small town environments, local citizens are able to take advantage of the opportunities and services found in the larger municipalities nearby. The Ozark Foothills Region is an excellent place to call home!

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 - 323-8433

Big Spring Road Motel - 323-8128

Garden of Eden Resort - 323-4641

Hawthorne Motel - 323-4274

The Landing and Rosecliff Lodge - 323-8433 / www.currentriverlanding.com

Misty Mountain Lodge - 323-8388

Skyline Lodge and Supper Club - 323-4144

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

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).