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Nestled in the St. Francois Mountains in Southeast Missouri, Arcadia Valley is one of Missouri's hidden gems.  Born from long extinct volcanoes, the valley sits in the midst of three ancient calderas: Butler Hill, Taum Sauk and Hawn Peak.  Geology students from across the country visit the valley every year to observe the unique rock structures and  geologic history that is part of the area. It's unique geologic origin is what makes the valley so special.  Johnson's Shut-Ins and Elephant Rocks are both the result of ancient volcanic eruptions.  ...more



Periodically, we feature one of our attractions, lodging facilities, restaurants, shops, or other businesses that contributes to the charm and success of Arcadia Valley.  Click below to learn more about the current Featured Destination.



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Battle Of Pilot Knob State Historic Site


Visit the site where an important battle of the Civil War was fought.  View relics and learn the history of the battle inside its museum.

Elephant Rocks State Park

Have you ever seen a single boulder larger than an entire house?  Well, get ready. This park is littered with numerous volcanic giants, the likes of which you've never seen.

Johnson's Shut-ins State Park


Come swim in the cool waters of the Black River, as it meanders through ancient volcanic rocks.  Visit the new Visitor's Center and learn about the park's history.

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park


Make sure you visit the highest point in Missouri while here.  Enjoy a panoramic view of the valley from the Fire Tower.

Millstream Gardens CA

Between Arcadia and Fredericktown, over 900 acres of nature at its finest!



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Touring By Motorcycle


Numerous motorcycle rides through the gorgeous Arcadia Valley region are mapped for your enjoyment at



Works from local artists, some of the finest hand-made soaps, Missouri made wines, or  delicious home made ice creams!

Fishing, Hunting, Golf


If the thrill of landing a seven pounder or finding that trophy buck appeals to you, make a trip to the valley!  How about seeking that elusive "hole in one"?

Pilot Knob/Devil's Ice Box Tour


If you want to see beautiful views of Arcadia Valley during a guided tour to the top of Pilot Knob, with a stop at the mountain's very own "bat cave", you'll want to check this out!

Visitors Center & Museum

Located in our train depot, come view the museum and learn more about Arcadia Valley.



From plays to live music, Arcadia Valley hosts multiple venues that promote local & regional talent.


Check out regional events for the Arcadia Valley area.



If you enjoy experiencing the great outdoors on your feet, the Arcadia Valley area has miles and miles of hiking trails.  See a list of trails at by clicking above.  Search Ironton, Johnson Shut-Ins or Elephant Rocks to get started.



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Whether hotels or B & B's are your thing, we can accommodate.



Looking for a quaint condo or rustic log cabin?  Local properties listed on VRBO or AirBnB can be found here.

RV Sites & Camping


The Arcadia Valley area has many beautiful campgrounds for folks that want to go "full outdoor".   For a little more comfort, we also have RV sites with all the amenities.

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Full Service & More       

From seafood and steaks to barbecue and burgers , we have a variety of dining establishments to choose from.

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Where We Are


Arcadia Valley is a short 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.  Interstate 55 South to Highway 67 to Hwy 221 and you're there!  The region is anchored by the cities of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia.



From Chicago to San Antonio, riders can exit the train at our station and enjoy all that Arcadia Valley has to offer.



Seriously, you can ride your bike.  U.S. Bicycle Route 76 (aka, Transamerica Bike Route) runs through the heart of Arcadia Valley.



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Iron County Hospital

301 MO Hwy 21, Pilot Knob


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Walgreen's Pharmacy

605 N. Main, Ironton


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Parkland Healthmart

1500 N. Hwy 21, Ironton


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CVS Pharmacy

124 W. Russell, Ironton


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