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    A Welcome Place in America's Heartland

In the Heart of the Ozarks

Pulaski County, in the timeless Ozark Mountains of Missouri is the perfect escape for your family’s getaway or vacation!

Pulaski County has been a welcoming destination since the railroad laid its tracks across the county in 1869. Outdoorsmen were the first to discover the area as a getaway from crowded cities. They traveled by train to fish, hunt, and breathe in the fresh Ozark Mountain air.

Soon after they began bringing their families from the cities to Pulaski County. They basked in the summer sunshine. They played and swam in the plentiful springs, streams, and rivers.

The birth of Route 66 made it easier for others to travel to our area. These tourists “motored” in early automobiles to vacation here. They too escaped to Pulaski to soak up our scenic beauty and to connect with Mother Nature.

Midpoint of Missouri Interstate 44

Today, Pulaski County is even more accessible to those looking for an uncrowded, rural getaway. Interstate 44 connects Saint Robert and Waynesville to Saint Louis, Joplin, and beyond. Pulaski County is the midpoint of I-44 in Missouri. Commercial jet service brings visitors and military graduation families directly to Fort Leonard Wood.

A Year-Round Destination

Pulaski County’s natural scenic beauty is always inspiring. During Spring, our landscape shakes off its winter slumber and blooms to life. Dogwoods and Redbuds paint the forests. Paddlers drift down the rivers in solitude. Trout anglers seek out the Roubidoux to avoid crowded trout parks.

Summertime brings travelers from around the globe to Pulaski County. They trek across America on the legendary pavement of Route 66. Visitors splash and play in the world-famous Roubidoux Spring. Kayakers paddle and laugh as they float down our uncrowded rivers. Military graduation families reunite with their soldiers and celebrate their accomplishments. Popular events such as the 4-day Mid America Freedom Rally, Pulaski County Regional Fair, Tri-County Fair, Old Settlers Days, and the 2-day 100 mile Route 66 Yard Sale make the perfect time to plan a summer get-away.

Exploring the history displayed at area museums is a must. The Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville, MO, is open for tours, Saturday’s 10AM to 4PM. The Frisco Railroad Museum, Crocker MO, is open the third Saturday of each month from 10AM-2PM.

During Autumn, the forests blaze with reds, oranges, and yellows. Fright fans thrill at our haunted attractions. Paddlers drift down the Big Piney and Gasconade rivers in solitude. Fall events kick off with Crocker Railroad Days, followed by Patriot Day 2022, the 2-day Dixon Cowdays festival, and the 3-day Route 66 Hogs & Frogs Fest. October offers up a fun-filled sports weekend with the Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind and Frog Hill Marathon. And you will want to come back to town and engage in the live game-play of the Route 66 Challenge.

During Winter, families visit Pulaski County to shop. They celebrate the season at small-town festivals and parades. Children of all ages are delighted by the twinkling lights that adorn the historic two-lane bridge at Devils Elbow. Plan to visit during Light Up Pulaski County – a county-wide holiday light tour held December 9th through the 26th.

For more events throughout the year – visit Pulaski County’s Signature Events and county-wide calendars.

Four-time Emmy Award winner and Instagram Husband Jeff Houghton learns that there is more than you thought in Pulaski County, Missouri! Jeff discovers small town quirky charm, befriends local rapper LL Cool Gray and scubas the land! Featuring a special appearance by Bruce.

Escape to Pulaski County

Make the most of your family’s weekend and vacation time by escaping to Pulaski County. Honor your soldier at their military graduation. Explore our 33 miles of Route 66. Discover our rich history at our museums and downtowns. Thrift your way through our small towns. Indulge in mouthwatering barbecue or sample international flavors at our Mom & Pop restaurants. Reconnect with Mother Nature in our wide-open outdoor spaces. Wander in our nationally protected forest and rediscover yourself. Paddle our uncrowded, gentle rivers. Discover ancient fishing holes or cast away the afternoon at a private lake. Spoil yourself with a stay at one of our clean comfortable hotels or wake up to the sounds of nature at one of our river resorts. Breathe in our fresh Ozark Mountain air.

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What to Do

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Route 66

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