Pike County, MO Top Ten Vacation Ideas

Clarksville, Louisiana, and Bowling Green, Missouri

http://www.greatriverroad.com/hannibal/pike.htm

1)    Scenic Sites and Byways

Enjoy one of the many scenic routes that are in Pike County! Take a drive and just enjoy the natural beauty this area has to offer.

2)    Antique Shopping in Clarksville & Bowling Green, MO 

Clarksville is known for its great antique shopping (along with other shops)!

B. T. Dove Antiques                        573-242-3422
antiques & gifts

Clarksville Antique Mall                 573-242-9800
antiques – 40,000 square feet of antiques!

Great Stuff                                     573-242-968
antiques and vintage home decor       

Bowling Green, MO antique shops:

Adams Antiques and More

Quality antique furniture, nice used furniture, china, glassware, candles, jewelry, coins. Nuwati Herbals: teas, balms, bath salts and massage oil. Seasonal – Amish candy.
Address:  1131 Bus. Hwy 61 S.
Phone: 573-324-0033
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9-5; Saturday 10-5; Closed Sunday and Monday

The Garden Gate Antiques

Specializing in glassware, china, pottery, furniture, linens, primitives and vintage prints.
Location: 21 N. Main Cross (on the town square)
Phone: 573-324-2633
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10-4:30 (other days open by chance)

3)    Scenic Mississippi River & Lock & Dam #24 in Clarksville, MO

Lock & Dam #24 is located on a very scenic view of the Mississippi River. The dam is a favorite fishing spot for bald eagles during colder winter months and an excellent place to view barges and river traffic, including barges going through the locks at the dam, during warmer months. Often times, during peak eagle watching season, eagles can be seen perched in trees along the river near the dam or catching fish below the dam. http://www.clarksvillemo.us/lockdam24.html

4)    The River Heritage Center in Clarksville, MO

Come watch the river boat traffic or tour the museum which is full of artifacts from all the different cultures that used to reside on the banks of the Mississippi. In the winter months, the is one of the largest areas for the migrating Bald Eagles. Clarksville Visitor Center or 573-242-3132

5)    Champ Clark House – Bowling Green, MO

The Champ Clark House was the residence of The Hon. Champ Clark, Congressman from Missouri’s Ninth District who presided as Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919. Now a National Historic Landmark and regional museum, the Clarks’ home is open to the public with collections that interpret not only the personal lives and political legacies of the Clark family, but the remarkable records and rich heritage of public service by elected office-holders from Pike County and Northeast Missouri. Visit www.champclark.org for more information.

6)     Amish Community in Bowling Green, MO

Just outside of Bowling Green, MO lies a thriving, self-sufficient Amish Community of talented craftspeople. The families in this community are one of the more conservative sects of the Amish. Their cabinet shop is widely known for its fine handmade cabinets and furniture. Amish women make lovely items for sale such as quilts, rugs, baked goods, jams, jellies, and candies. Other shops include a fabric store, harness shop, buggy shop, rug shop, custom woodworking shop, and saw mill. Serious shoppers are welcome; no photos please. See information about their location and business at http://www.visitbowlinggreenmo.com/amish.html.

7)     Georgia Street Historic District – Louisiana, MO

Walk the amazing downtown area of Louisiana, MO with over 54 architecturally sophisticated buildings and many art and antique stores located inside.

8)     Henry Lay Sculpture Park – Louisiana, MO

Enjoy a 40-minute walk past 20 sculptures, all made by the amazing Henry Lay. There is also a park for children called the Story Woods. All located on a 300-acre natural refuge, this is a beautiful spot to enjoy some famous art. Located on State Route UU; 573-754-4726; http://www.greatriverroad.com/hannibal/laypark.htm.

9)     Riverview Cemetery – Louisiana, MO

This cemetery is located up high on the Mississippi River bluffs with breath-taking views of the river and Lincoln Hills. Located north of US 79.

10)  Stark Log Cabin – Louisiana, MO

This two-room log cabin was built around 1830 by James Stark, founder of Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards. It is said to have been built from the contents of Stark’s saddlebags. Memorabilia is displayed all over the cabin from the botanist and scientist, Luther Burbank. Located at 11523 Highway NN, Louisiana, MO.

Please contact each location directly to check on hours of operation and directions.