"Arrow Rock, Missouri" Arrow Rock by basstbn

Arrow Rock Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 21 photos

A Whole Lot to See in a Little Town

In his Arrow Rock page, friend and fellow VTer "yooperprof" says that this little town "reeks of history." He's got that right. And you can add that it's quaint and charming, as well - certainly worth a day (or a side) trip if you're in the area.

The stony bluff high above the Missouri River was well-known to the native tribes of the area as its rock was ideal for the crafting of arrow heads. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark documented the site in their exploration journals, and the spot became a significant river port as well as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail. Among the town's noted inhabitants was famed frontier artist George Caleb Bingham.

Although the town remains small (less than 100 population), it has been carefully maintained to preserve its early appearance. The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Arrow Rock as one of its "Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2006." A State Historic Site Interpretive Center adjacent to the town is an ideal place to begin your visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic, well-preserved, colorful, quaint
  • Cons:Don't go on a Monday!
  • In a nutshell:A great day trip or side excursion...
  • Last visit to Arrow Rock: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 8:33 AM

    I'm glad you discovered Arrow Rock! Too bad so many places were closed on Monday! I'd like to come back for a performance at the Lyceum some day.


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