The 10 Most Beautiful Counties In Missouri

Helen Armitage

With a nickname like the Show Me State, it isn’t surprising that Missouri has bragging rights to some of the most scenic spots in the country. We take a tour of the state’s most beautiful counties and their prettiest spots, from the vineyards of Gasconade County to Iron County’s picturesque Arcadia Valley.

Alley Spring and Mill, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Shannon County

Shannon County

Nestled in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, Shannon County encompasses most of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways — over 134 miles of spring-fed rivers, scenic bluffs and caves established in 1964 as the USA’s first scenic riverway. A major draw for water sports thanks to its beautiful riverscape, the county seat Eminence — a quaint, small town of 600 — unsurprisingly dubs itself the ‘Canoe Capital of the World.’ Landlubbers may prefer to stick to one of the county’s many trails, which include a portion of the Ozark Trail, but whether exploring by water or land, visitors will want to keep their eyes peeled for Shannon County’s famous wild horses — a 20-strong herd that have been roaming the local lands for over 100 years.

Shannon County, MO, USA

Hermann, Gasconade County

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