Arrow Rock: Where history, quaint charm combine

the signs.
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 (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 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, 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

Old-fashion shopping district in Arrow Rock.

One Response to Arrow Rock: Where history, quaint charm combine

  1. Kathy Borgman

    June 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks so much for the excellent description of a visit to Arrow Rock. Weekends or theatre days are always the best time to visit with the most things open, but tours, historic sites and museums are open daily. Tram tours are daily in the summer and on weekends in the fall. Please come anytime, there will always be something for you to enjoy in this historic village which some have described as a village in a park.

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