Heart of the Ozarks Drive

The open road is calling your name- and luckily it has guided you to the heart of the timeless Ozarks!

Two-lane Route 66 near Laquey, Missouri
Route 66 alignment near Laquey, Missouri.

Begin your picturesque tour of Pulaski County at Interstate 44 Exit 163. Head north on Highway 28 towards Dixon. Your route runs the ridgetop before dropping dramatically into the river valley and climbing the mountain after crossing the Gasconade.

In Dixon, turn west onto 4th Street/C Highway/Highway 133 towards Crocker. 133 meanders lazily along the Burlington Northern tracks and connects the Frisco railroad boomtowns of Dixon, Crocker, and Richland. The settlements of Hancock and Swedeborg are reminders of the time when mighty locomotives, powered by steam, stopped here to take on firewood and water. Chase the train’s whistle into Richland where Highway 133 turns south.

At the Highway 133 and Highway AB junction turn east and follow the legendary Route 66 through Waynesville and Saint Robert to your starting point. Roadside artifacts and relics of former tourist courts and filling stations make compelling subject matter for photographers and artists. Your imagination will be sparked to picture them in their prime when the Mother Road wasn’t the road less traveled- it was THE road!

Devils Elbow Route 66 bridge over the Big Piney River in Pulaski County, Missouri
Devils Elbow bridge across the Big Piney River in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a Historic Driving Tour brochure that will deepen your understanding of this scenic journey with points of interests, background information, and vintage images. Ask for your free copy when you order your complimentary Pulaski County Visitors Guide at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com. You can pick up these brochures, and more, at our Visitors Center located at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert. The center also offers free hot coffee, clean restrooms, and complimentary Wi-Fi and a souvenir gift shop.

Your FUN Headquarters for Fort Leonard Wood and the heart of the Ozarks!
Your FUN Headquarters for Fort Leonard Wood and the heart of the Ozarks!

Suggested Points of Interest

1. Homeplate Bar & Grill: Honest, authentic Ozarks comfort food. 310 North Elm Street, Dixon

2. Johnson’s Snackette: Home of the best old-fashioned Cherry Malt in the Ozarks! 711 West 5th Street, Dixon

3. Triple Creek Antiques: Welcoming antiques store full of needful things. 616 North Commercial Street, Crocker
Triple Creek Antiques in Crocker, Missouri

4. Frisco Depot Museum: Restored Frisco railroad depot that loves to have her picture taken. Museum (seasonal hours) inside. 10th Street, Crocker

5. Sanctuary Coffee and Quilts: Housed in the architecturally blessed former Methodist Church, SC&Q has made a name for themselves with an abundant selection of fantastic coffee and an impressive quilting room. 111 South Pine Street, Richland

6. The Burger Stand: Richland’s favorite burgers and fries are worth the drive! 101 West Pulaski Street, Richland

7. H.E. Warren Store: Founded by H.E. Warren in 1869, Richland’s oldest business is still owned and operated by the Warren family 150+ years later. Pine & McClurg, Richland

8. Penaroyal Antiques & Collectibles: Housed side-by-side in an old Victorian home and a charming bungalow PA&C offers gifts, primitives, & antiques. 201 South Walnut Street, Richland

9. The Brick Emporium: The Myers family offers fresh sandwiches, coffee, ice cream old-fashioned candies, glass-bottled sodas, Amish bulk goods and spices, handcrafted items, antiques and more at The Brick Emporium. 219 South Pine Street, Richland

10. Eclectic Originals: An Ozark gift boutique, Eclectic Originals is the perfect place to find handmade treasures created by talented artisans and crafters. 225 Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville

11. Piney River Taproom: Award-winning Piney River Brewing Company brings their distinctive beers that celebrate life in the Ozarks to Waynesville’s historic Square. 326 Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville

12. Pulaski County Visitors Center: Find even more fun things to see and do during your stay at our Visitors Center. 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert

13. Sweetwater B-B-Q: Sweetwater Barbecue isn’t hard to find- let the savory aroma guide you into the parking lot for a taste of the Ozarks. 14076 Highway Z, Saint Robert
Sweetwater B-B-Q on Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri