Madison County, Missouri – Where Past and Present Meet

Whitewater races take place near Millstream Gardens Conservation Area in Madison County.

If you’re looking for things to do in Missouri, visit Madison County. Located in the Saint Francois Mountains, our area features a perfect blend of rolling farmland and heavily forested hills with many creeks, rivers and lakes.

Nestled amongst this natural beauty are the historic towns of Fredericktown and Marquand, each offering a unique experience to adventurers in Madison County. Once you have been here, we are sure you will return often; remember to bring your camera to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of this unique area of Missouri.

This area is home to an amazing diversity of outdoor recreational activities such as the Castor River Shut-Ins, Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness Area, Silver Mines Recreation Area, Millstream Gardens Conservation Area and Amidon Memorial Conservation Area and Fredericktown City Lake.

Plan a float trip, go swimming, horseback riding, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and bird watching. If you’re a little more adventurous, try Zip and Dip at The Offsets or join the whitewater enthusiasts who come from several different states to kayak on the only whitewater in Missouri at Millstream Gardens.

The Missouri Whitewater Association Championship Races are held here every year in March.  This year marks the 45th annual event on the St. Francois River. The race dates are March 17-19, 2012. A Race Clinic is held April 28-29 for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.  This is a perfect opportunity to “get your feet wet” and see if kayaking might be to your liking. If you’d rather observe, this is also a fun spectator event. If golfing is your passion, visit Southern Oaks Country Club.

When you’re not out exploring the outdoors, you’ll want to enjoy the comforts of town. Madison County has a variety of fine restaurants, wineries, annual festivals, antique shops, art openings, dinner theater, and live music. Our unique historic towns and landmarks are yet another reason to travel to our county and offer an interesting window into Missouri’s past.

Madison County Courthouse and War Memorial.

Our historical sites include the Battle of Fredericktown Civil War Museum, the War Eagle Trail, and the Berryman Cabin and One-Room Log School. We’re also home to The Gallery in Marquand, and a newer addition to Fredericktown is The Loft: Community Arts Center, located at 120 W. Main, above the Madison County Chamber of Commerce office. Here you’ll see a host of local talent ranging from photography, sculptures, quilting, basket weaving, a variety of art techniques and more.

The First Friday of each month brings new artists and some type of additional event for the evening, such as entertainment, poetry or book readings, movies and … you’ll just have to plan your visit to see what is happening while you’re in Madison County.  For additional entertainment, try Nelson’s Music City for a Branson-style show; Nelson’s is located on Highway 67 between Fredericktown and Farmington.

Remember to visit our website and the Area Events section for current and annual events to know what’s happening while you’re in town.

If you enjoy antiquing or specialty shops, try Mustard Seed Mercantile, Madison County Thrift Store, Four J Antler Creations & Tradin Post, Fred’s Bargain Barn, Regan Hotel Antiques, Nevaeh Faith Christian Store and Quilting on the Square. The Flower Shop and Country Lane Florist have a variety of home décor, gift items, candles and more.

We also offer a variety of lodging options while you’re here including Pinecrest Camp & Conference Center, Madison Inn Lodge, Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast and both full hookup and primitive campgrounds.

We offer an assortment of dining options: Downtown, you’ll find Olympic Steakhouse, Cowboy Coffee, Waynos Seafood Grille, and other familiar names.  Located just outside of Fredericktown, you’ll love the view and the cuisine at Vance Vineyards & Winery (Twisting V Grille).  And that’s not all, visit Half Time Sports Grille, or Fredericktown Eagles – open to the public on Friday nights and during special events – and Papas Fruit of the Vine a winery and bistro.

Written by Sandy Francis, executive director, Madison County Chamber of Commerce