The Ozarks

The Ozarks, also known as the Ozark Mountains, mainly cover a significant portion of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The scenery in this area consists of streams, rivers, sinkholes, caves, flat plains, rolling hills and steep mountain peaks.

A  thriving metropolis in the Ozarks is Springfield, Missouri. The fastest-growing city in Missouri, Springfield offers entertainment day or night.  This beautiful city offers everything you expect from a metropolitan area: diverse dining opportunities, plenty of things to do, world-class attractions, and a variety of art, shopping, and unique events.  Other area offerings include beautiful parks, gardens and trails,  a zoo and tiger sanctuary, a trampoline park, hands-on science centers, several museums, a minor-league ballpark, an ice park, a drive-thru cave, golf courses, and the largest outdoor-adventure shopping destination, just to name a few. Steeped in history, Springfield’s historic sites include the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail auto tour route, the town square that was the site of the nation’s first recorded shootout, the location of the only Union victory in southwest Missouri, a civil war cave, and many more.

One well-known city in this region is Branson, Missouri. This family-friendly entertainment mecca offers a wide range of activities. Tourism is the primary industry, and Branson is famous for its live entertainment, with shows covering every genre of music. Branson offers many activities and attractions including  museums, go-kart tracks, ziplines, caves, water parks, mountain coasters, a scenic train, amusement park, and a variety of other recreational pursuits. It is also home to more than 200 shops, including those found in the historic downtown district and at several outdoor malls. It’s scenic location in the Ozarks is a perfect setting for hiking, horseback riding, fishing on Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo, and a wide range of water sports, like skiing, boating, parasailing, and riding Jet Skis and WaveRunners.

Harrison, Arkansas welcomes visitors with Southern hospitality and charm. Whether you’re shopping or dining, Harrison’s historic downtown is home to unique local shops , as well a a range of dining and lodging options. Harrison also hosts several special events throughout the year, including Crawdad Days, the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Championship, the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention, and is known for it’s untouched, natural beauty and hospitality. Located near the Buffalo National River, Harrison provides easy access to many outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing, biking and camping. Motorcyclists love traveling the scenic and winding roads around this beautiful, vibrant city in the Ozark mountains.

Just a short  drive from Harrison is Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A popular resort destination since the 1800’s, Eureka Springs is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful lakes and rivers and is the perfect location for all your outdoor adventures. Known for it’s healing springs, unique shopping and dining opportunities, world class art and architecture, and diverse culture, Eureka Springs has something for every member of your family. With it’s rich, colorful history, Eureka Springs has been named one of 12 Distinctive Destinations in America by The National Trust for Historic Preservation and has historically been called “The Little Switzerland of America” and “The Stairstep Town” because of it’s architecture, mountainous terrain and winding streets and walkways. No matter their skill level, motorcyclists love the winding, twisting roads surrounding this “quirky” Ozark town.

The scenic and beautiful cities listed above are only a few of the unique places to visit and live in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. Parade of Homes Real Estate Magazine would like to encourage you to find the perfect location for your Ozark Mountain Home.