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It’s around a 65-mile trip from Richmond, an ideal distance for a day trip or an overnight. My preference is to drive through small towns and countryside, but that’s not for everyone. There are several bed and breakfasts in Arrow Rock, as well as a campsite; you can access the options at www.arrowrock.org (click on directory). The site has everything you’ll need to preview and plan your visit.
What to do
If history’s your thing, there’s no shortage in Arrow Rock. The community has a Friends group with an informative Web site at www.friendsofarrowrock.org. The group also maintains a storefront office/store on Main Street should you need information while you’re there.
Key attractions include the Huston Tavern, the George Caleb Bingham tavern, the Lyceum Theatre, the John Sites home and gun shop, tram tours and several buildings, including a courthouse and calaboose, that date to the 1830s.
A good option is to access the interactive map at www.arrowrock.com, click on Walking Tour and print a map. All of the in-town attractions are closely grouped and a walking tour is a great way to get an upclose-and-personal feel for Arrow Rock. Make sure to walk the side streets, too, and take advantage of the many mature shade trees.
There’s also a visitor’s center/museum (again in a well-shaded forest setting) and three trails leading to views of the Missouri River. For nature lovers and photographers, the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is a popular hike; for the less ambitious, there are the Arrow Rock River Landing Trail and a trail that begins at the visitor’s center/museum and accesses the Lewis and Clark Overlook.
– David Knopf, Richmond