Salem Plateau Tour - Missouri Scenic Byway

1. Cuba
An entry into the Salem Plateau Tour area from Interstate 44, provides full services for tourists. Noted for community development activities. City park. Wineries, vineyards nearby. Municipal airport. Entry point from 1-44 to Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

2. St. James
An entry to Salem Plateau Tour recreation areas, has a tourist information center Junction of I-44 and Highway 68); historic tourism information center in the Old City Hall Museum; city park and fishing lake. Home of Boys Town of Missouri. Wineries, vineyards nearby. Entry point from I-44 to Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Full services for tourists.

3. Woodson K. Woods Memorial Wildlife Area
About six miles south of St. James on Highway 8 has woods, bottomland trail. Parking area. A 15-acre portion has been designated the Woodson K. Woods Bottomland Forest Natural Area. Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

4. Maramec Spring Park
The 2,000-acre Maramec Spring Park is the site of historic Maramec Iron Works. Maramec Spring (96 million gallons average daily flow) provides waters for trout rearing pools at the Mo. Dept. of Conservation Maramec Spring Hatchery, and trout fishing in the spring branch and in eight miles of the Meramec River. Riverside cam p-grounds, picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trail, old cemetery, three museums. Small store, lunchroom at park entrance. Registered National Landmark. Owned and operated by the James Foundation.

5. Woodson K. Woods
A section of Woodson K. Woods Memorial Wildlife Area extending across the Meramec River along Highway 8 south of Maramec Spring Park is the site of a popular canoe access. Parking area; restrooms. Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

6. Meramec River
Scott's Ford public access to Meramec River is about 2.5 miles down gravel road off Highway 8. Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

7. Canoe outfitters
and many resorts are located along Highway 8 between St. James and Steelville.

8. Steelville
The county seat of Crawford County. Two-million-gallon Yadkin Spring originates in city park. A second city park with game fields is on Highway 8 east of Steelville. Weekend country music show in summer. Winery. Tourist information and maps at craft store on Main Street. Numerous river outfitters. Full services for tourists.

9. Crooked Creek State Forest
is in two parcels. One, containing 280 acres, is off Highway M and is open for hunting; the other, off Co. Rd. 617 (Yankey Branch Rd.) contains about 200 acres and offers hunting and fishing. Mo. Dept. of Conservation. A mile off the junction on Wesco Rd. (gravel) is Wesco, a former mill town along the Meramec River. No services.

10. Indian Trail State Forest
site of an early state park, has more than 13,000 acres for hunting and primitive camping. Gravel access road. Fish hatchery for warm water fish. Picnic table at hatchery. Old CCC-built stone walls. Trail around lake leads to Trail of Tears. Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

11. White River Trace
Trail of Tears Historic Marker at roadside pulloff documents Cherokee route through area on forced march from Georgia and Carolinas to Oklahoma reservation.

12. Salem
county seat of Dent County, has museum, city parks, historic homes, hospital. Full services for tourists, including tourist information center at Chamber of Commerce office on Highway 19. Annual spring and fall antique shows; several craft festivals on holiday weekends. Salem Ranger Station is on Highway 19 just south of Highway 32/72 intersection.

13.White River Trace Wildlife Area
has two fishing lakes with concrete boat ramps. Blue herons frequent the area. No overnight camping. About two miles north of Highway 32 on County Rd. 418 (gravel). Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

14. Mark Twain National Forest
timber management areas along Highway 32/72 include oak/hickory natural regeneration plots with den trees for wildlife, a plot burned and seeded to shortleaf pine, and a third plot bulldozed and seeded to pine. The latter two areas are on south and west-facing slopes, which are poor oak sites.

15. Shortleaf pine forest
dedicated in 1951 to the Federative Garden Clubs of Missouri in cooperation with the Mark Twain National Forest.

16. Timber management area
north of Highway 32/72 junction demonstrates regeneration of oak/hickory forest. Mark Twain National Forest.

17. Marcoot lookout tower
(not open to public) has parking available for walk-in spring turkey hunting area. Mark Twain National Forest.

18. Little Scotia Recreation Area
on Forest Road 2341 (gravel) has fishing pond, camping and picnic facilities. Mark Twain National Forest.

19. Scotia Historic Site
south of Little Scotia and Big Scotia ponds (access to Big Scotia Pond from gravel County Rd. 536 off Highway 72 west of FR 2341) marks location of historic Nova Scotia Mining Co.'s iron mining operations. Some relics remain in woods. Mark Twain National Forest.

20. Bunker Civilian Conservation Corps
(CCC) camp, one of the largest in the state, was located off a county road opposite Sinkin Experimental Forest. Some relics remain.

21. Mark Twain National Forest's
4,000-acre Sinkin Experimental Forest, North Central Forest Experiment Station, was established in 1950 to conduct research in forest resource management. Visitors may walk through forest. No camping.

22. Scenic two-mile drive,
on bluffside gravel road (Dent Co. Rd. 568) off blacktop Highway A, overlooks valley and leads to Sinkin Creek. For backroads enthusiasts.

23. Bunker,
with history of timber and logging, provides full services on a small scale for tourists.

24. Loggers Lake Recreation Area
Gravel Forest roads off Highway A, provides camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and swimming. Electric motors only on the 25-acre lake. Fifteen-inch minimum limit on bass. Self-guided trail around lake; .5-mile trail leads to Rock Spring. CCC built lake, dam. Mark Twain National Forest.

25. Ozark Trail
(Blair Creek section) trailhead at junction of Highway 72 and P. Parking on east side of P and about three miles south on FR 2220 (gravel). This 26.5-mile section ends at Owls Bend, Highway 106. Section goes through Mark Twain National Forest and private lands.

26. Fletcher Mine and Mill
is located on Highway TT just south of Highway KK in Missouri's New Lead Belt known as the Viburnum Trend. Approximately 90 per cent of the nation's lead comes from the New Lead Belt. Fletcher and other mines listed may be viewed from highway or entrance gates only.

27. Asarco's West Fork Mine and Mill
is located near and named after the West Fork of the Black River.

28. Doe Run Co.'s Brushy Creek Mine and Mill
are a short distance off Highway KK.

29. Doe Run Co.'s Buick Mine and Mill
are near the Buick Lookout Tower on Highway KK.

30. Doe Run Co.'s Buick Smelter
is the second largest lead smelter in the United States.

31. The Magmont Mine and Mill
off Highway KK, is owned by Cominco American.

32. Bixby
at the junction of Highways 32 and 49, provides limited services for tourists. Privately-owned log cabin museum, antiques/general store, picturesque caboose restaurant.

33. The Casteel Mine
located just outside Bixby, is Doe Run Co.'s newest mine.

34. Viburnum
provides full services for tourists. City park off St. Joe Street, has playgrounds, picnic facilities, lake, hiking trail, mining cars and loading shovel on short spur railroad. City's gazebo has plaque in honor of L.W.Casteel, who helped develop Viburnum.

35. Doe Run Co.'s Mining Division
headquarters are in Viburnum off Highway Y. The nearby Viburnum Mine and Mill are at the north end of the Viburnum Trend, or New Lead Belt.

36. Picturesque Dillard Mill
is a well-preserved operating water-powered turbine gristmill. Daily tours. Fishing in the Huzzah Creek and mill pond. Picnic areas. Hiking trail. Old cemetery. Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources State Historic Site.

37. The National Forest Memorial Plantation
along Highway Y, was established in 1951 by the Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs in cooperation with the Mark Twain National Forest.

38. The Czar lookout tower
(not open to the public) stands on a high point near the junction of Highway Y and V. Hundreds of wildfires have been spotted from this lookout. Mark Twain National Forest.

39. Red Bluff Recreation Area
A high red bluff along the Huzzah Creek gives Red Bluff Recreation Area its name. Camping and picnicking facilities. The Pines Overlook camp loop has vista of Huzzah Valley. Fishing, wading, floating. Access road (Forest Road 2011) is gravel. Mark Twain National Forest.

40. Scenic vista
along Highway Y near Highway V junction.

41. The 81-acre Richter Wildlife Area
is accessed by a one-mile gravel road. Open for hunting. No facilities. Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

42. Timber management areas
along Highway Y demonstrate oak/hickory and pine regeneration. Mark Twain National Forest.

43. Berryman Trail Camp
off Forest Road 2275 (gravel), has picnic and camping facilities. No water. Formerly old CCC camp. Trailhead for 26-mile Berryman Trail (National Recreation Trail) for riding, hiking. Part of Ozark Trail (Meramec River Section). Mark Twain National Forest.

44. Roadside park
with overlook of Courtois Creek valley. Mo. Highway and Transportation Dept.

45. Tourists
can find private river outfitters and resorts along the Huzzah and Courtois creeks between Berryman and Steelville on Highway 8.

46. Huzzah State Forest and Wildlife Area
has a canoe launch area just east of the bridge on Highway E. Gravel road. Right fork at intersection past State Forest sign leads to parking areas and restrooms. Primitive camping. Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

47. Riverview Roadside Park
just north of Steelville overlooks Meramec River and valley. Mo. Highway and Transportation Dept.

48. Meramec River
resorts are located on Highway 19 north of Steelville.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 19 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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