Discover Christian County!

Christian County offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from boutique shopping in Ozark to notable dining in Nixa and antique hunting in Billings. Discover the Main Street charm of Missouri's finest small businesses, offering unique finds you won't encounter elsewhere.

As the tourism industry in Christian County blossoms, visitors can explore classic attractions like Lambert's Cafe or venture to exciting new destinations like Finley Farms at Ozark Mill. Whether you're seeking traditional tourist stops or hidden gems, our county has something to delight visitors of all ages. If you're planning a trip to the Ozarks, we've got a few recommendations to make your visit unforgettable.

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Event Information

Discover the pulse of local happenings with and uncover hidden treasures with our attraction resource, brought to you by the Springfield Missouri Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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14 mill market

14 Mill Market in Nixa features 11 unique vendor concepts ranging from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert with a full-service bar across a 12,000 square ft food hall. With live music on the weekends, outdoor activities, and meeting space for parties and gatherings, 14 Mill Market has it all! 

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Aetos Center for the Performing Arts

Aetos Center for the Performing Arts in Nixa, Missouri, though relatively new, has quickly become a dynamic event center, offering diverse programs and performances that engage the community. From dance recitals to theatrical productions, music concerts to educational workshops, Aetos Center provides a platform for individuals to learn, grow, and connect through the arts. Aetos has attracted big names like Priscilla Presley, David Archuleta, and Martina McBride, adding to its growing reputation as a cultural destination. Additionally, students actively participate in stage production, gaining valuable real-life experience and contributing to the cultural atmosphere of the center.

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BUSIEK STATE FOREST AND WILDLIFE AREA

Just over 2,700 acres of trails and wildlife observation, Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area offers a place for wildlife watchers, hikers, bikers, campers, and horse back riders to enjoy the beautiful amenities of the Ozarks. The forest also provides a firearms shooting range for firearms owners to use for target practice.

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Chadwick Flyer Trail (Under Construction)

The Chadwick Flyer Trail is a crucial link connecting Ozark and Springfield as part of a larger regional trail system. It highlights collaboration and celebrates the region's history while shaping its future. Currently, efforts are focused on completing around 12 miles of trail, with approximately 3.2 miles already constructed in four segments.

Originally a spur of the old St. Louis San Francisco Frisco Railroad, the Chadwick Flyer served as a lifeline for transporting timber and passengers between Springfield and Chadwick, known humorously for its leisurely pace. Today, the trail repurposes this historic route, fostering recreation, culture, and tourism while enhancing connectivity within the community.

The Chadwick Flyer Trail is in the planning, development, and construction stages.

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Cobb Ridge Recreation Area

ATVPerched atop a ridge in the picturesque Ozark hills, Cobb Ridge Recreation Area offers a serene camping experience amidst nature's embrace. Surrounded by oak, hickory, and pine forests, visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Chadwick area, punctuated by rocky ridge tops and occasional forest glades. The campground, popular among outdoor enthusiasts, particularly fills up on weekends and holidays, especially during pleasant weather. Cobb Ridge lies at the heart of the Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV use area, attracting motorcycle, dirt bike, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. With nearly 80 miles of interconnected trails varying in difficulty, adventurers can explore deep forested hollows and rugged ridge tops, indulging in exhilarating off-road experiences.

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Disc Golf Course at Neal Grubaugh Park

DISC GOLF COURSE AT NEAL GRUBAUGH PARK

Nestled in Neal Grubaugh Park in Ozark, Missouri, is a recreational haven offering activities for all. The park features an 18-hole disc golf course amidst wooded terrain with elevation changes, providing a thrilling experience for players of all skill levels. See the disc golf map here. Additionally, visitors can enjoy strolls or jogs along the walking trail, complemented by the Christian County Library's book walk. During the hot Ozark summers, families and friends can cool off at the outdoor pool, open from May to August. With its scenic surroundings and amenities, Neal Grubaugh Park promises fun for all.  Learn more.

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Finley Farms at the Ozark Mill

Finley Farms at the Ozark Mill, a Morris Family project, epitomizes the delicate balance between honoring Ozark's rich history and embracing its dynamic future. From the meticulously preserved original Ozark Mill, dating back to the early 1800s, to a variety of engaging activities and dining options—including farm-to-table experiences, an urban farm, and a riverside chapel—there's something to enchant every member of the family. Savor the farm-to-table delights at The Garrison, an intimate, candlelit space nestled beneath The Ozark Mill, where culinary mastery meets rustic charm. Adjacent to the Mill, The Workshop fuels creativity with frequent events and workshops, while also offering a cozy retreat with its coffee offerings. With its captivating ambiance, Finley Farms provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable gatherings, offering a picturesque view of the historic Riverside Bridge as an added charm. Finley Farms is a place the whole family will enjoy!

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Fremont Hills Country Club

Fremont Hills Country Club offers a premier recreational experience. Central to the club's appeal is its esteemed 18-hole golf course, which originally began as a 9-hole layout in 1969 before expanding in 1987. With Bermuda grass fairways, mature hardwood trees, and well-protected bent grass greens, the course provides a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities. In addition to golf, the club offers amenities such as tennis courts, swimming pools, and dining options, catering to a variety of leisure preferences. With the recent addition of pickleball courts, Fremont Hills provides even more opportunities for active enjoyment.

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Lambert's Cafe

Located just off Highway 65 in Ozark, Lambert's Cafe is a local favorite! Lambert's is not your ordinary restaurant -- unless you're used to catching your food when it is tossed to you, that is. Get ready to be charmed by Lambert's Midwestern hospitality, and be on the lookout to catch your homemade roll when you hear a server yell, "hot rolls!"

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Mark Twain National Forest

Mark Twain Forest SignMark Twain National Forest spans 1.5 million acres across 29 counties in Missouri, offering diverse outdoor activities such as hiking, geocaching, camping, ATV riding, and more. Christian County within the forest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting scenic trails and waterways for kayaking, canoeing, and swimming.

Bar-K Wrangler Camp, situated on the west bank of Swan Creek, is a tranquil campground serving as a Trailhead for the Swan Creek Trail, popular among equestrians. Whether you choose a designated site or spread out in the nearby field, ample space awaits you and your horse. In the summer, cool off with a refreshing wade in Swan Creek, then unwind in the quiet of the primitive horse camp, surrounded by lush foliage. During the day, explore the 23-mile network of riding, hiking, and mountain biking trails in Swan Creek.

For more adventure, consider the 9.2-mile out-and-back trail in the Swan Creek Semi-Primitive Area near Chadwick, Missouri. Offering a moderately challenging route suitable for backpacking, camping, and hiking, it provides year-round accessibility and scenic vistas, perfect for nature enthusiasts and their furry companions.

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Mountain Springs Trout Park

Mountain Springs Trout Park in Highlandville, MO, offers a serene escape for fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, the park provides clear, spring-fed waters for trout fishing. Catering to all skill levels, it offers ample space for casting lines and reeling in the catch of the day. With its tranquil ambiance and beautiful scenery, it promises a memorable outdoor experience for visitors seeking relaxation and adventure in Missouri.

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National Tiger Sanctuary

Christian County is home to the National Tiger Sanctuary, where you can visit over 12 big cats housed there! For animal lovers and thrill lovers alike, you won't want to miss the opportunity to see these big cats up close and personal!

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Oldfield Opry

The Oldfield Opry is a beloved hub for fans of classic country music and community bonding. Guests can enjoy refreshments from the concession stand before the show begins. While there's no admission fee, donations are always appreciated to support this cherished local institution. It's a cozy setting where patrons can immerse themselves in the sounds of country music and enjoy the company of fellow Opry enthusiasts. Visit their Facebook page for event information.

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Ozark Mountain Sports Complex

Ozark Mountain Sports Complex— is a dynamic multi-sport and entertainment destination in the heart of the Midwest. Beyond baseball, their venue offers a rich tapestry of activities, promising endless fun for the whole family.

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Smallin Civil War Cave

If you are a history buff, a cave lover, or both, you do not want to pass up an opportunity to visit the Smallin Civil War Cave. Discovered in 1818, this cave has a unique history that is sure to captivate you from the very beginning of your guided tour.

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Stained Glass Theatre

Stained Glass Theatre in Ozark, Missouri, is a cherished community theater renowned for its dedication to producing family-friendly entertainment infused with Christian values. Established in 1994, this unique venue, housed in a former church building, offers high-quality performances suitable for audiences of all ages. As a non-professional theater, Stained Glass Theatre has earned acclaim for its talented performers, creative productions, and inclusive atmosphere, making it a beloved fixture in the Ozark community.

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Two Rivers Bike Park

Two Rivers Bike Park, nestled in Highlandville, MO, stands as a premier outdoor destination in the Midwest. Spanning over 14 miles of professionally crafted singletrack trails across the stunning Ozarks terrain, the park offers year-round enjoyment for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers, all at no cost. Positioned near the confluence of the Finley and James Rivers, it provides breathtaking views and diverse experiences, including intermediate and possibly advanced downhill sections, slopestyle courses, a skills area, and a disc golf course. Despite potential spotty cell service, the park ensures connectivity with a signal booster and free Wi-Fi around the barn area. Furthermore, it serves as a hub for hundreds of cyclists, runners, and enthusiasts annually, contributing generously to local trail development.

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Volleyball Beach Ozark

Experience Volleyball Beach Ozark, the largest indoor beach volleyball facility in the U.S.A. Located in Ozark, MO, it offers 10 courts under a 40,000-square-foot dome from October to May. Popular among volleyball enthusiasts, it provides sandy courts and a vibrant atmosphere for players of all levels. Whether you're into leagues or open play, there are options for everyone. Visit their website for event and facility details.

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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, founded in 1950 by community leaders, commemorates the pivotal Battle of Wilson's Creek during the Civil War. Situated within both Christian County and Greene County, Missouri, this historic site is preserved and supported by the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation. The Foundation played a crucial role in its establishment, acquiring land, constructing facilities like the Visitor Center, and establishing educational resources such as the Civil War Library. Despite its National Park status, the Foundation remains dedicated to fostering community support, preserving artifacts, and enhancing educational programs. Additionally, the battlefield offers recreational opportunities with walkable and equestrian-friendly trails, while ongoing efforts to expand the library collection ensure the enduring legacy of this historical landmark.

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The Corridor To Regional Tourism

We are also the glue that holds Southwest Missouri's tourism together. Just to our north, Springfield is home to Bass Pro Shop's headquarters, Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife, Fantastic Caverns, the Dickerson Park Zoo, a lively downtown atmosphere, and so much more.

For more Springfield information, Visit the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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To our south, visitors will find the tourist hub of our state: Branson, Missouri. From live shows, to shopping, to Silver Dollar City, Branson is a family destination like no other!

For more information about Branson, visit the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Table rock Lake

Table Rock Lake, nestled in the scenic Ozarks, is celebrated not only for its expansive 43,000 acres but also for its over 800 miles of shoreline. Whether it's angling for bass and crappie, cruising on a boat, taking a refreshing swim, or camping under the stars, the lake offers an array of recreational opportunities. Its allure extends beyond its physical boundaries, drawing locals and tourists alike from Stone and Taney counties and beyond to immerse themselves in the serenity of nature. Table Rock Lake, with its majestic bluffs and diverse wildlife, provides an enchanting backdrop for creating enduring memories amid the captivating landscape of Missouri. While it's close to Branson, a popular tourist destination, Table Rock Lake is situated primarily in Stone and Taney counties, offering visitors a tranquil retreat amidst the beauty of the Ozarks.

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PORT OF KIMBERLING MARINA & RESORT

Nestled serenely along the shores of Table Rock Lake, the Port of Kimberling Marina & Resort beckons with its seamless fusion of warm hospitality and thrilling adventure. Designed to cater to the diverse needs of seasoned travelers and families alike, this premier destination boasts a lavish array of luxury waterfront accommodations and top-tier full-service marina facilities. Strategically situated in the heart of Kimberling City, the RV and Cabin Resort offers unparalleled convenience, providing swift and effortless access to all the mesmerizing attractions that the enchanting Ozarks region has to offer. Surrounded by the majestic embrace of ancient oak trees, the tranquil campground sets the perfect stage for an idyllic couple’s retreat or an unforgettable family getaway, ensuring that every moment spent lakeside is steeped in comfort, convenience, and relaxation.

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The Rush Aquatic Park

The newly opened Rush Republic Aquatic Park in Republic, MO features a serene lazy river and exciting water slides, making it the perfect destination for both relaxation and fun.

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