It’s lists like these that remind me how lucky I am to call myself a Missourian. Our state is home to some of the coolest things, which sometimes may cause you to venture out a bit from your comfort zone to explore. From hole-in-wall restaurants to beautiful springs, here are some of my favorite hidden gems in Missouri.
1. Smallin Civil War Cave - Ozark
Even though Smallin was the first documented cave in the Ozarks, people sometimes forget about it. It is believed that the Union army hid artillery and ammunition in this cave while they were encamped on the Finley River. Today, visitors can go on a tour of the cave and learn more of its history.
3575 N Smallin Rd.
Ozark, MO 65721
2. Museum of Military History - Jefferson City
At this museum, visitors can look through years of military history with some exhibits dating back from the Missouri militia in 1808.
2405 Logistics Rd.
Jefferson City, MO
3. Callaway Cabin- Marshfield
Located inside the Hidden Waters Nature Park, lies Callaway Cabin. Visitors can take a tour of this historical cabin, built in 1853.
716 W Hubble Dr. Marshfield, MO 65706
4. Castor River Shut-In - Fredericktown
Johnson Shut-Ins are pretty well known among Missourians, but have you heard of the Castor River Shut-Ins? It's definitely worth a trip in my opinion. I'll let you be the judge in deciding which shut-ins are better.
Fredericktown, MO 63645
5. Blumenhof Vineyards and Winery - Dutzow
This award-winning winery may not be a hidden gem for long. Though it draws a lot of local visitors, most of its clientele are making the trip from out-of-town. It's just that good.
Dutzow, MO 63342
6. Bennett Spring State Park - Lebanon
Back in the day, this spring area was founded by pioneers and used for gristmills. Today, it's one of America's premier destinations for trout fishing.
Lebanon, MO 65536
7. Pinckney Bend Distillery - New Haven
On the outside, Pinckney Bend may not look like. However, inside this small, unassuming brick front building, some of the best vodka in Missouri is being distilled and sold.
1101 Miller St.
New Haven, MO 63068
8. Prairie State Park - Mindenmines
When people think of prairies, their minds usually jump to Kansas. And while Kansas has a ton of beautiful prairies, Missouri has a few brag-worthy prairies, as well. Prairie State Park features easy hiking trails in which visitors can see wild buffalo out in the open.
128 NW 150th Ln.
Mindenmines, MO 64769
9. Cementland - St. Louis
Cementland was built as a public art exhibit. Unfortunately, the sculptor who started this project was killed during the area's construction. The 54-acre site of a former cement factory now stands stagnant and closed off, though visitors tend to sneak in to catch a peek from time to time.
520 Scranton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63137
10. A Slice of Pie - Rolla
Not everyone makes pie as good as your grandma, but A Slice of Pie in Rolla may be an exception. This delicious sweet shop bakes fresh pies each day.
601 Kingshighway B Rolla, MO 65401
11. Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings - Kansas City
Most locals know that Missouri has more to offer than just barbecue food. However, they may not know that Kansas City is home to an amazing noodles and dumplings shop that was featured on the Food Network. Make a trip to Blue Koi next time you're in the city, you won't regret it!
1803 W 39th St. Kansas City, MO 64111
What is one of your favorite hidden gems in Missouri that you recently discovered? Let us know!