Buckhorn BlueGrass Festival, billed as “Not Your Grandpa’s Bluegrass,” takes place August 30, 31, and September 1, 2019 at Pulaski County Shrine Park in Waynesville’s Buckhorn neighborhood. The family-friendly music festival lineup features 10 bands on 2 stages including Arkansauce, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Chucky Waggs & The Company of Raggs, The Steamboat Bandits, Grassfed, Just Strangers, Adam Johnson Band & The Dirty Strings, Dave Gesualdo, Texas Turtles, and Page Van Horn. The music isn’t the only star of the show though- Shrine Club Park is a top-notch venue and Waynesville’s food scene and attractions deserve to be explored. Fall in love with Waynesville during Buckhorn BlueGrass Festival!
ROUBIDOUX SPRING- Reward yourself with a dip in the spring! Waynesville’s public spring has been cooling off travelers, visitors, and locals since the earliest days of westward expansion. Legend states that if you dip your toes in the spring, or even dive in, that someday you will return to Waynesville. Mayor Luge Hardman encourages you to test this theory! Located just off Historic Route 66 at Laughlin Park. (Please do not dive off the wall/fence.)
FLOAT- A trip into the heart of the Ozarks would not be complete without a canoe or kayak trip on the Gasconade or Big Piney rivers. Don’t wish to haul your kayaks to the bluegrass festival? Any of Pulaski County’s outfitters will gear you up for your float trip adventure!
TRAIL OF TEARS MEMORIAL- During the forced removal of the Cherokee from their homelands in Georgia to what is now Oklahoma two detachments stopped and camped at Roubidoux Spring in what is now Laughlin Park. The National Park Service, Trail of Tears Association, and City of Waynesville have partnered together to place interpretive signage between the spring and the river ford. The signage depicts the tragic tale- and is a somber reminder of a disturbing era of our past.
FOR THE YOUNGSTERS & YOUNG AT HEART- Kiddos and families will love the Splash Park and Little Heroes All-Accessible Playground at Waynesville City Park. Waynesville City Park is nestled on the banks of the Roubidoux River and provides river access.
ANTIQUES & BOUTIQUES- In need of retail therapy or wanting to pick up souvenirs? Don’t miss Lost in the Woods Antiques and Talbot House Antiques, Collectables & Gifts in downtown Waynesville. Talbot House is also home to paranormal investigations for the public the first Saturday monthly and every Saturday in September & October. Just Because (on the Square) and Eclectic Originals (downtown Waynesville) both offer the perfect gift and souvenirs sure to please everyone.
MUSEUMS ON THE SQUARE- Waynesville’s public square is home to two National Register of Historic Places landmarks that operate as museums. The Old Stagecoach Stop, on the east side of the square began as a stagecoach stop in the late 1850’s. Throughout its life it has served as a tavern, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel. The 1903 Courthouse Museum was designed by Henry H. Hohenschild who served as Missouri State Architect. The brick building housed Pulaski County’s governmental operations into the 1990’s. The upstairs courtroom, mostly in original condition, is a stunning display of skilled craftsmanship and early 20th century design and function. Both museums will be open Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.
ROUTE 66 COMMUNITY ART GALLERY- Located in a period Route 66 building that first housed Weber’s Appliance, Route 66 Community Art Gallery celebrates all things Route 66. The gallery features paintings, photography, drawings, and sculpture work of local and international artists. The gallery is also a favorite place to pick up Route 66 books and memorabilia.
FROG ROCK- Also known as W.H. (Waynesville Hill) Croaker this quirky rock sculpture has been delighting Route 66 travelers since 1996. An Instagram-worthy selfie with Frog Rock is becoming a Route 66 rite of passage. (Please do not climb on W.H. Croaker.)
WAYNESVILLE WALKING TOUR- Waynesville’s FREE self-guided walking tour brochure will acquaint you with the town’s landmarks, notable locations, and sites of significance. Message your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours before Buckhorn Bluegrass Festival or pick one up at the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd.) in Saint Robert.
ROUTE 66- Waynesville is the birthplace of the byway! Missouri was the first state to enact legislation designating the former Mother Road as a historic district. The bill was signed by Governor Ashcroft in Waynesville July 10, 1990. Today the legendary highway is a bucket list road trip for adventurers around the globe. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a FREE turn-by-turn guide of Pulaski’s 33 miles, including Waynesville. Message your mailing address to email@example.com to order yours before the bluegrass festival or pick one up at the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd.) in Saint Robert. While exploring the road don’t miss Devils Elbow, the “ghost” section, and Gascozark Café.
PULASKI COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU & VISITORS CENTER- Make the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Boulevard) in Saint Robert your first stop! The air-conditioned center is jam packed with information and brochures on things to do, restaurants, lodging, & attractions throughout Pulaski County. The center will be open during Buckhorn Bluegrass Festival- Friday (8-5), Saturday (9-3), and Sunday (9-3).