Iron County

Explore the mountains and valleys of this scenic Missouri county.

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“To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.”

– Eleanor Catton

Bring your cameras.  While it might be hard to find the words to describe exactly what you will experience, your camera will definitely capture the moment. Giant granite boulders, mountains that are the remnants of ancient volcanoes and sandstone formations that were once at the bottom of a prehistoric ocean create a natural beauty rarely found in a single county.  These formations are surrounded by forests and streams extending the flow of beauty for miles.

Come visit and start building your own memories today!

Elephant Rocks State Park


Elephant Rocks State Park

Towns &

“There are things about growing up in a small town that you can’t necessarily quantify.”

– Brandon Routh

Iron County’s mountains and rivers form natural barriers between the major towns. A drive from Annapolis to Viburnum could easily take more than an hour.  The distance between the towns has created a historical significance in that each of the towns has its own unique character.

Click this link to visit the towns and villages that form the Iron County community:


Viburnum Water Tower - Viburnum, MO
Ironton City Hall - Ironton, MO
Overlook of Annapolis, MO
Viburnum Center - Viburnum, MO

parks &

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

There are thousands of acres of parks and forests in Iron County.  The recreational opportunities are incredible, with many of the parks containing creeks, lakes, trails and forests.

Click the following link to begin to explore the parks and outdoor forests that are the heart of Iron County:

Autumn in Iron County
Spring in Iron County
Autumn in Iron County
Autumn in Iron County

Trails &

“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.”

– George Washington Carver

Iron County has hundreds of miles of developed trails, some linking across several states.  This site offers interactive maps of many of the trails with links to detailed information about the areas surrounding the trails.

Click the following link to begin to explore the trails and outdoor recreation opportunities that are energize Iron County:

Autumn in Iron County
Council Bluff Lake - Iron County, MO
Autumn in Iron County
Council Bluff Lake - Iron County, MO

business & Community

“I think a common misconception about a small town in rural America is that everyone believes the same way, and nothing could be further from the truth.”

– Ree Drummond

Iron County has small businesses to meet your every need.  The county does not have a Walmart, Lowes or Home Depot but you will never miss them.  Experience business with a personal touch, the way you might remember the small town shops of the past.

Click this link to experience the business community that is the foundation of Iron County:

Arcadia Academy - Arcadia, MO
Great Southern Bank - Viburnum, MO
HWY 221 - Pilot Knob, MO
The HUB - Ironton, MO

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Nearby Johnson’s Shut-Ins after a spring thunderstorm.


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