Welcome to Madison County Missouri!

Looking for things to do in Missouri? Madison County Missouri 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, The Millstream Gardens Conservation Area and Amidon Memorial Conservation Area. Go on a float trip, horseback riding, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and birdwatching. Our beautiful region is one of the best places to visit in Southeast Missouri! Madison County campgrounds and hotels are conveniently located near St. Louis and offer lodging with convenient access to swiming, zip lines and more, less than two hours south of the city!

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 Missouri.

Although referred to as the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the region is actually a high and deeply dissected plateau. Geologically, the area is a broad dome around the Saint Francois Mountains. The Ozark Highlands area, covering nearly 47,000 square miles (122,000 km2), is by far the most extensive mountainous region between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. Together, the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains form an area known as the U.S. Interior Highlands, and are sometimes referred to collectively. For example, the ecoregion called Ozark Mountain Forests includes the Ouachita Mountains, although the Arkansas River valley and the Ouachitas, both south of the Boston Mountains, are not usually considered part of the Ozarks.

When you're not out exploring the outdoors you'll probably want to enjoy the comforts of town! Missouri's Madison County has a great variety fine restaurants, wineries comfortable lodging, 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. Our historical sites include the Battle of Fredericktown Civil War Museum, the War Eagle Trail, The 1895 Underriner House & Trading Post, and the Berryman Cabin & One Room Log School.

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The Eastern Ozarks Astronomical Society gives a monthly presentation at the Fredericktown branch of the Ozark Regional Library. It's free and is often followed by star gazing. Check the EOAS website for more information about viewing times and locations.

Castor River Ranch Campground: Castor River Ranch Campground offers a peaceful, private river-front camping experience in a natural setting yet has immediate access to state highway DD. All of our RV/Campsites are very spacious and are furnished with picnic tables, stone fire pits, septic, electric (30 - 50-110 amp) and spring- water. We offer canoe/ kayak/tube out fitting and a shuttle service for float trips.

Regional Highlights


Ruth Ann Skaggs is another Senior who has a successful business in Fredericktown, Missouri. Ruth Ann bought the restaurant business in 2007. She worked in Marketing at Black River Electric Cooperative for 17 years and took an early retirement to take care of her ill dad. Her nieces were running the restaurant and were going out of business. Ruth Ann Skaggs had the know -how to make this a prosperous business.

"I didn't want to see another Main Street business close it's doors, "she said. She made it her project and filled the restaurant with unique items. There are antique books and unusual items throughout this lovely restaurant. There is an antique photo on the wall of the Courthouse and many more photos to see.

Breakfast is the busiest time of the day, and it opens at 6.am. The restaurant is full in the early morning with the usual early risers, white and blue collar workers, city workers. Biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes with syrup, eggs any way you like, yum yum! The large breakfast for the hungry man is The Wrangler Breakfast. . It consists of 2 eggs, biscuit, sausage gravy and taters. Pastries, Espresso Drinks , and hot coffee is on the menu for all to get up and go! Read more...


As spring approaches the bloodroot, columbine and dutchmen's breeches begin to push their leaves through the soil with flowers soon to flower. Now is the time to plan your fall camping and hiking trip to one of Madison County's many natural areas. The Castor River Shut-Ins is Missouri’s only known pink granite shut-ins. This picturesque pinkish granite is from the Breadtray formation, an igneous rock formation that is 1.5 billion years old. Most of the exposed igneous rocks of the St. Francois Mountains region are rhyolite rather than granite. Igneous rocks are formed from volcanic activity. Learn more...