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Arrow Rock, Missouri


The historic village of Arrow Rock is an ideal getaway for a day or an entire weekend. The town, a National Historic Landmark, evokes the warm spirit of the past and is full of friendly people, great restaurants and shops, and fascinating historical attractions.


For generations, the Arrow Rock bluff was a significant landmark on the Missouri River for Native Americans, explorers, and early westward travelers. This flint-bearing, high limestone bluff first appeared on a 1732 French map as “pierre a fleche,” literally translated as “rock of arrows.” Archaeological evidence shows that for nearly 12,000 years indigenous cultures used the Arrow Rock bluff as a manufacturing site for flint tools and weapons.

What to see/do:

  • J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi
  • Browse the period shops on Main Street, or ‘The Boardwalk’
  • Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Missouri’s oldest professional regional theatre, producing popular professional theatre from June through November
  • Museum and Visitors Center
  • Home of famous American painter and one-time Arrow Rock citizen George Caleb Bingham
  • Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
  • Black History Museum
  • The Missouri River Bird Observatory
  • Dr. John Sappington Museum

[45 minutes from Columbia]