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The Walnut Group, providing clean, comfortable, and affordable guest houses in the Steelville Missouri area. The Walnut Group, providing clean, comfortable, and affordable lodging in the Steelville Missouri area. The Walnut Group, providing clean, comfortable, and affordable guest houses in the Steelville Missouri area. The Walnut Group, providing clean, comfortable, and affordable lodging in the Steelville Missouri area.
 
     
   
There are several fun activities in the area.  Take time to experience the local flavor.
Red Bluff Recreation Area
Red Bluff Recreation Area is a beautiful forested enclave in a horseshoe bend of Huzzah Creek. The campground takes its name from the red hues in the cliff across the Huzzah. The light rusty color results from oxidization of iron compounds in the rock strata. Indians called the bluff “Painted Rock.” It seems that every streamside campground in the Ozarks was once a mill site, and Red Bluff Recreation Area is no exception. Two different mills once operated on the Huzzah in the 1800s. Boyer Mill, built around 1830 near the downstream campground, was the first. Bryant’s Mill followed about 30 years later. You can picnic and play in the crystal clear Huzzah Creek.
Red Bluff
Dillard Mill

Dillard Mill

142 Dillard Mill Road
Davisville, MO 65456
(573) 244-3120

A barn-red mill nestled among green trees beside blue waters rolling over a rock dam create the colorful setting of one of Missouri's most picturesque historic sites. Dillard Mill State Historic Site interprets one of Missouri's best-preserved, water-powered gristmills.

Completed in 1908, Dillard Mill sits along Huzzah Creek and was the second mill built at that site. The first, Wisdom's Mill, built in the 1850s, was destroyed by fire in 1895. Innovations in the new, modernized mill included steel roller mills for grinding the wheat and a turbine to power the mill. For years, farmers brought their grain to the mill to be ground into flour and eventually livestock feed. The mill ceased operation in 1956.

Today, most of the original machinery is still intact and operational. A turn of a wheel brings the machinery back to life during tours of the mill, which are given year-round. Groups should contact the site in advance.

Picnic sites provide a peaceful, scenic setting to enjoy lunch. Visitors can also wade across the creek to a 1.5-mile hiking trail that winds through an oak-hickory forest.

The Ozark Trail
Take time to hike a portion of the Ozark Trail then go back to Farmhaven and relax. The Ozark Trail is a scenic and varied route through the Missouri Ozarks, stretching from Onondaga Cave State Park, southwestward to the Arkansas border.
The Ozark Trail
Onondaga Cave
Onnondaga Cave


Onondaga Cave is the premier attraction of Onondaga Cave State Park. This 9100 foot cave features the Big Room, a huge natural chamber decorated by the Queen's and King's Canopies, which are two massive flowstones. Other attractions in the cave include the Twins, and the Lily Pad Room, a room covered in calcite deposits. The tours lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and covers just under a mile of trail. The cave is electrically lighted, and open daily 9 a..m. to 5 p.m. from March 1 to October 31.

Onondaga Cave
7556 St. Route "H"
Leasburg, MO 65535
573-245-6600

Oak Split Baskets
Basket Weaving
There is a long standing tradition of basket weaving in the Missouri Ozark region. Handcrafted from white oak timber and woven in a continuous weaving style, the baskets are of superior quality and strength. The artisans are proud of their craft and will demonstrate their technique. For more information you can contact these local craftsmen.

Gibson-Curry Baskets, Rt. 5 Box 176, Salem, MO 65560, 573-729-8179

Original Ozark Split Oak Productions, HCR-62, Box 167, Salem, MO 65560, 573-729-5851

Ozark Decor, Rt. 2, Box 882, Salem, MO 65560, 573-729-7474

Ozark Oak Split Baskets
The Cherryville Country Store
Davisville General Store (Puckyhuddle)
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