Big BAM – While in Town

Pulaski County is excited to welcome the return of Big BAM riders to the Waynesville City Park, but it is important to know that there are note-worthy stops before you even reach Basecamp. Pulaski’s first water stop is at Click’s on Route 66. Complimentary water is available for cyclists and the general store will be open at 6 am. Make note of Hanna Hills Disc Golf as you depart Laquey. Consider booking a great afternoon of play on their 18-hole course later in the day.  Be sure to swing by Tiger Nutrition for an energy drink to help fuel you through a great day of exploring Pulaski or stop in at Master Doughnuts for an early morning treat.  You can find both off of Route 66, right on Ichord Ave. If you are looking for a heaty plate of biscuits and gravy swing into Westside Café, or Drachenfutter’s German Pancakes, both east of the Route 66 and Ichord Ave intersection.

After a quick break to catch your breath at Basecamp, take a look around you and see what’s there! Cooldown at the splash park or swim in our beautiful section of the Roubidoux! Get together with one of our local outfitters and float down the river for a couple of hours. Liberty Life Park Campground will be providing a shuttle to and from the park for float trips at their gorgeous location at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, so make sure to get your reservations as soon as possible! Bring one (or two) of your friends and rent a canoe, or if you would prefer to go your own speed, rent a one-person kayak!  Once you finish floating the river, take a walk on the Trail of Tears Memorial Trail and learn more about Waynesville’s history.

Wanting to get a good look at downtown Waynesville? Look no further than our Historic Downtown Waynesville Walking Tour! You can download an interactive online map or an online brochure, then learn more about the community as you walk around the square! Step back in time as you tour the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum on the northeast side of the Square. Special Big BAM hours are planned from 10 AM to 8 PM. Tour guides will greet you in period costume and share the rich history that occurred from the 1800s to the present. Great eats include Asian and German fare, Haute Dawgs, honey ice cream, soups & sandwiches, cheesy pizza, and juicy hamburgers.   While you’re out, be sure to stop in the various local businesses. Piney River Taproom Brewery will be offering sample flights of some local brews, along with the usual pints and amazing pizza. Hopper’s Pub will be having Trivia Night beginning at 6:00 PM. Waynesville has everything from ½ hour to hour massage studios, antiques, collectibles, and locally made items, to an impressive art gallery.

If you head west from the square, make sure to stop in at Drachenfutter. Relax and have a specialty tea or coffee or take some friends and play one of the board games that Drachenfutter provides. Mary also invites you to relax along Route 66 at their outdoor patio. Drachenfutter is teaming up with Piney River Taproom and they’re planning a great night of activities with live music from Pyrosonic, a local band that plays everything from 60’s music to modern and a variety of genres. Piney River Taproom will be setting up their mobile tap on Drachenfutter’s patio so you can enjoy a good drink during the concert. Visit the Pulaski County Library and enjoy the quiet environment and free internet access. Have you missed out on the latest movies? Beat the heat and see the newest movie at B&B Theater

You may also go up Waynesville hill and, after saying hi to our frog rock in residence, head on to see the sights in Saint Robert. Visit the free City of Saint Robert Museum and learn more about our local history. The Saint Robert Municipal Golf Course welcomes you to their 3-Par, 9 hole course and has clubs available at the Municipal Center for your use! Or if you want something quirky, Uranus has an outdoor miniature golf course. While you are there, check out the Slideshow Museum and grab a photo by the Neon Wall along the east side of the complex. Bring some friends and stop by Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center for a friendly shooting competition. Be sure to check out the Pulaski County Regional Fair down by the Saint Robert Community Center! Enjoy the Corn Hole Contest, with registration starting 7:30 PM and the event beginning at 8:00 PM.

Saint Robert also has a variety of hotels, spas, and restaurants for you to relax at and enjoy! Some of our hotels are even offering special room pricing just for those participating in Big BAM this year! And if you don’t feel like going out to eat, have your food delivered with one of the local delivery services! Need a ride while in town? Try calling one of Pulaski’s transportation services!

If you have booked a stay at one of the hotels, shuttle service to and from basecamp and the hotel is available. Contact Simply Fast Courier Service for the $5pp BigBam Special Rate.

BigBAM Room Deals

BigBAM is returning for another great year, and Pulaski County is right in the middle of it! This exciting, multi-day event is sure to be a blast, but after a long day of cycling Route 66, it’s important to make sure you have just the right place to rest for the night. Camping is always a great option, but if you are looking for a place to beat the summer heat, or just want something a little cushier than the ground, some of our amazing hotels here in Pulaski are ready to give special deals just for this event! Plus, each of the hotels is within a five-mile radius of Base camp and walking distance of multiple restaurants, giving you amazing access to great food so you can recharge for the next day! Each hotel has different amenities, making it easy to get just what you need to have a great trip through our beautiful county! Listed below are the hotels that have offered to provide special pricing for BigBAM this year. Be sure to call to get exact pricing, details on all room deals, and to book your room. Remember, the date is June 15th, and we can’t wait to see you here in Pulaski!

If you have booked a stay at one of the hotels, shuttle service to and from basecamp and the hotel is available. Contact Simply Fast Courier Service for the $5pp BigBam Special Rate.

Comfort Inn & Suites – 573.451.3203 

  • 20% off Best Available.
  • Book by 1 June.
  • They can call and ask for the BigBAM 2022 group or book online.
  • Is located 3.5 miles from Roubidoux Park Base camp.

Fairfield Inn – 573.336.8600 

  • 20% off Best Available.
  • Book up to event date.
  • They can call and ask for the BigBAM 2022 group.
  • Is located 3.8 miles from Roubidoux Park Base camp.

Baymont Inn & Suites – 573.336.5050 

  • $92 room rate, discounted from $120. 
  • Book up to event date.
  • Call and ask for the BigBAM.
  • Is located 3.9 miles from Roubidoux Park Base camp.

All Towne Suites – 573.451.2600

  • $70 room rate
  • Book up to event date.
  • Call and ask for the BigBAM2022 Room rate. 
  • Is located 4.1 miles from the Roubidoux Park Base camp.

Restaurants within .3 miles – Lucky House, Cracker Barrel, Dairy Queen, Ruby Tuesdays, Pappo’s Pizza, Mama Mia’s, and Route 66 Diner.

Holiday Inn Express – 573.336.2299

  • Call and ask for BigBAM Room Rate.
  • Book up to event date.
  • Is located 4.6 miles from Roubidoux Park Base camp.

Restaurants within .3 miles – Zloft Bar & Grill, McDonald’s, and Waffle House

New Businesses in Pulaski County

We like to think of Pulaski County as a cool community in the Ozarks. We have friendly and welcoming communities, with thriving downtowns and lots of fun opportunities. The Pulaski County Visitors Center is always excited to share information about area businesses, activities, and opportunities with travelers and locals!

Final Stop Antiques and Collectables – Richland

Stop by the newly opened antique store located along south Pine Street in Richland. For several years Final Stop Die-Cast was located in this storefront. Have no fear! Final Stop Diecast has not left, they just moved next door!

Image courtesy of Final Stop Die-Cast & Final Stop Antiques and Collectables, Richland, MO

The Swap Meet on 66 – Waynesville/Saint Robert

Who doesn’t love a swap meet? Great deals and a fun place to swap stories too. The Swap Meet stopped by the Visitors Center this week to let us know they are providing a location for small businesses, non-profit organizations, food vendors, and individuals looking to sell their wares. The location is at the intersection of F Hwy and Route 66, to the east of the Waynesville-St. Robert Animal Shelter and just west of Rodeway Inn. Saturday, March 19th is opening day operating from 9 am-3 pm, with plans to operate thru the last Saturday in November. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

Espresso & More To Go – Saint Robert

Located at the Missouri Ave Food Truck Park, this local food truck drive-thru is open 6 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week. Choose from coffee, chai tea, or spoil yourself and a friend with the Berry Limeade or Orange Dreamsicle! Yum!

The Vintage Chandelier – Richland

The perfect location to host bridal showers, baby showers, anniversary parties, private wedding ceremonies, adult birthday parties, family reunions, or even the perfect girls’ night out. Vintage Chandelier provides a wide range of services for your special event including complete event planning at this venue or another location of your choice.

THe Vintage Chandelier event center, Richland, MO
Image courtesy of The Vintage Chandelier, Richland, MO

Drachenfutter Fort Leonard Wood

Serving all your Drachenfutter (Waynesville location) favorite coffees and beverages from 7 am to 1 pm. Located within the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE).

Image courtesy of Drachenfutter, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

A Green House, LLC – Saint Robert

Owner/Manager: Rachel Stromberg
Hours: Monday, Tuesday: 11.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday: Closed; Friday: 10.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

A massive selection of plants for all you plant lovers out there! Don’t forget the accessories from plant food to sprays. They also offer bee houses and other gift items; jewelry, candles, crystals…… Hours vary Friday thru Wednesday.

Image courtesy of A Green House, Saint Robert, MO

Tangled and Teased Hair Salon – Richland

Looking to manage those tangles? Richland’s newest salon offers a great solution for both men and women. Hours vary Tuesday thru Saturday.

Flowers on Base at Fort Leonard Wood

A full-service florist offering candy, balloons, cards, candles, and much more! Delivery is available to Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, St. Robert, and surrounding areas. Open Monday thru Saturday.

                                        

New Life Fitness – Waynesville

Total Body Fitness is a Group Fitness Company that provides group fitness classes in eight (8) different programs and is sponsored by the world-known fitness company, Les Mills.  The gym is open 24 hours, with staff available at specific hours.       

Have a new business opening up? Email us at email@pulaskicounty.org, call 573.336.6355 or stop by the Pulaski County Visitors Center, to learn about our Partner programs. We would love to meet you and share your business with tourists!

Get Outdoors in Pulaski!

Are these cool dreary days making you yearn for summer, when the sun is hot, and the trees have filled their branches with color? Well, why wait to get outdoors? Spring is almost here and right now is the time to discover Pulaski!

Devils Elbow Scenic Overlook in Bloom

Just think, no mosquitos to swat away, the weather is warming, daylight is longer, and the great outdoors is calling. Rather you’re tired of being cooped up, want to scope out that future adventure or just feel the need to explore – Pulaski has you covered!

Wanting to fish for trout without all that shoulder-to-shoulder action? With two great Missouri Conservation trout fishing ribbon areas, you won’t even miss the trout park. The Roubidoux in Waynesville and Stone Mill Spring on Fort Leonard Wood both have white ribbon trout areas and are lively fishing options that provide great scenery and are intermittently stocked, you might even catch a lunker! Check MDC.gov for fishing regulations, Stone Mill Spring on FLW does require military post access.

While you’ve caught the fishing bug, check out the Gasconade and Big Piney Rivers. These great fishing locations contain Missouri Department of Conservation bass maintenance areas that are sure to bring some excitement. While you’re on the rivers get that kayak or other watercraft on the water and participate in one of the Tournaments to Reduce the 22, a drama free, no payout fishing tournament in March sponsored by The Fallen Outdoors. Pulaski’s river fishing is sure to help you brush up on those fishing skills while benefiting veterans at the same time.

Fisherman
Bass Fishin’ is Great in Pulaski! Image courtesy of Jeremy Mitchell.
Oak Hill Golf course sign
Pulaski’s golf offerings have great greens for putting, some sites even have golf carts or a pro shop for your necessities.

If your idea of fun is on land rather than in the water, check out one or several of the following golfing options: Oak Hills Country Club in Dixon, Richland Country Club and Public Golf Course, Saint Robert Municipal Golf Course, and Piney Valley Golf Course on Fort Leonard Wood.

For the mini-golf course adventurer, Uranus Putt Pirates offers an 18 – hole swashbuckling good time.

If golfing in a basket is more your style, check out Hanna Hills Disc Golf Course, with 18 challenging holes intertwined with Ozark beauty, you may even spot a peacock

Image Courtesy of Hanna Hills Disc Golf Course

Road trip Dreamin’? Love to feel the wind in your hair and the freedom of the road ahead? With 33 miles of the Mother Road right here, there’s no better way to explore the open road than on your bike, in the car with the windows rolled down or on your special ride, this is the best way to explore it. Request your free self-guided historic driving tour and make that experience even more memorable.

Cycles on the Mother Road
Route 66 Shield on Route 66 at the Pulaski County Museum
Photo Opportunities Galore
Ozarks Beauty on 66

Enjoy finding and seeking treasures? Use GPS to navigate Pulaski and find some cool caches! From easier, traditional geocaches to the more difficult puzzle, earth, or mystery caches – there’s a wide selection of sites to get you outside. Grab a friend, a GPS device, or phone and go have fun!

Photo Courtesy of Google and Geocaching App

Getting outdoors is a great way to connect away from the daily grind. For a quick jaunt, get moving and grab the kids to play at the park, explore one of the open-air museums, or venture on a walking or hiking trail. Why waste time cooking? For additional fun, make it a picnic and select a tasty option to eat at the park or dine outside at a local restaurant.

NPS Trail of Tears, Waynesville MO
Trail of Tears National Park Service Site
Waynesville Walking Traikl
Waynesville Walking Trail
Outdoor Dining is Best

Spring not your favorite season and still dreaming of summer? Go on a recon mission and plan that perfect vacation. Scope out the best camping site, plan that relaxing river adventure, or enjoy nature’s beauty in preparation of the warmer months. While checking things out, go to a spring festival for that down-home feeling that our towns here in the Ozarks commonly offer.

A Welcoming Stay
RV Camping

Before long, summer will be here and with some good planning, you can be ready to float on the river, check out an awesome festival, go camping or find that perfect lodging option and vacation stay. No matter what you enjoy, there are plenty of options for memory-making adventures in Pulaski, so order your free Travel Inspiration Guide and plan that perfect getaway today!

March 2022 Events

Upcoming Events Occurring in Pulaski County, MO

March 5, 2022: 12th Annual Payin’ for the Spayin’ 5k

5K run / walk benefiting the Pulaski County Humane Society. Run begins at 10am Fun for your furry friends and the whole family! Crocker Community Park, Crocker, MO 65452

March 5, 2022: 16th Annual Indoor Poker Run

Featuring an all you can eat chili or spaghetti dinner, door prizes and raffles! Hosted by Chapter 331 American Legion Riders. Begins at 6:30 pm at American Legion, Saint Robert, MO 65584

March 7 – April 15, 2022: Taste of Pulaski County Passport Edition

Purchase a Taste of Pulaski Passport, then taste the Pulaski County goodness, collect your receipts, and turn it back in for a chance to win prizes! Be sure to check out their online auction. Various locations Throughout Pulaski County

March 12, 2022: 6th Annual Racing for Daylight Ultra

Ultra event begins at 6pm March 12th lasting until 7am March 13th Walk, run, ruck or ride, join them for one hour or for the whole time, a great way to bring in daylight savings! Waynesville City Park, Waynesville, MO 65583

March 19, 2022: Free Donut Monthly 5K Run

Free fun run begins at 8am walk or run this free 5K, donuts and coffee to follow. Waynesville City Park, Waynesville, MO 65583

March 19, 2022: Dixon 1st Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Cruise In & Show

Classic Car. Truck and Motorcycle Show beginning at 10 am with Classic and Custom, Car Truck & Motorcycle Competitions and a Hillbilly Deluxe Competition. Burnout Competition at 5 pm. Event in Downtown Dixon, MO 65459

March 25, 2022: Kickin’ It Route 66 5k Color Run / Walk 

Free Fun Run! Wear your own white t-shirt to be splashed with colors or purchase one onsite. This pre – meal workout will have you hungry for some BBQ then stay to watch the KCBS cook off artists! Run begins at 5:30 pm. Tiger Typhoon, Saint Robert, MO 65584

March 25-27, 2022: Kickin’ It Route 66 BBQ Challenge

Kansas City BBQ Society Sanctioned Barbecue Event. Several contests to choose from; 2 KCBS BBQ competitions, 1 Kids Q Competition, silent auction and some great food! St. Robert Community Center, Saint Robert, MO 65584


WEEKLY

Saturdays 8 AM – 12 PM Pulaski County Farmers Market – Waynesville, MO


SAVE THE DATE

April 9th Dixon Spring Fling Historic Downtown Dixon, MO

April 23rd 2nd Annual Spring Craft Fair Saint Robert, MO

April 23rd Crawfish Boil Waynesville, MO

May 27th & 28th Big Piney River Bluegrass Festival Saint Robert, MO

May 27th thru 30th Mid-America Freedom Rally Waynesville, MO

Upcoming Signature Events, and full PulaskiCountyUSA.com calendar.

During the pandemic changes occur rapidly. Contact event host to confirm event and to verify COVID procedures. In some situations masks and social distancing may be encouraged. If you do not feel well or have been exposed, choose to not attend.  Please follow CDC recommendations, and local Health Department recommendations and trends. 

To add your Pulaski County event to our Event Promotion Program, visit our online calendar