Visitors Guide to
Area Attractions
in Marion & Ralls Counties, Missouri
   
Edward Anderson
Conservation Area

MO-79
Pike & Ralls Counties, MO
  Edward Anderson Conservation Area is a forested area in the rugged Missouri’s Lincoln Hills region. The Missouri Department of Conservation considers the autumn colors at the Edward Anderson Conservation Area to be among the finest in northeastern Missouri. The Mississippi River provides fishing opportunities. Although there are no designated trails, adventurous hikers can explore the area via an access road that leads close to the Mississippi River. Primitive camping is available, and walk-in or float-in camping is permitted except during firearms.
Big River Train Town
320 N. 3rd Street
Hannibal, MO
573-221-1966
  Take a journey to a time where the Golden Age of railroading and toy trains was a part of most everyone's life.
   
Clarence Cannon Dam
20642 Highway J
Ralls County, MO
573-735-4097
  The Clarence Cannon Dam was built to control flooding in the Salt River valley. Completed in 1983, the dam created a 18,000-acre lake and its two hydropower units capable of producing 58,000 kilowatts of electricity. The Cannon Powerhouse has hands-on exhibits that explain how the plant operates, how electricity is generated and how energy is used.
   
Gardner House
417 S. Main Street
Palmyra, MO
573-769-3076
  Listed on the National Historic Register this 1828 building with Adam and Greek Revival affinities has served as a stagecoach stop, hotel, tavern, school, and as a residence. It currently houses a visitor center and a collection of include local historical items.
Lock and Dam No. 22
Highway E
Saverton, MO
  Located near Saverton, this structure was part of the depression era 9-foot channel construction program.
   
Lover's Leap
Highway 79
Hannibal, MO
573-221-0154
  Located on the southeast edge of Hannibal, this high bluff promontory was the source of several local legends and provides panoramic views of Hannibal, the Mississippi River, and miles of Illinois farmland.
   
Marion County Jail
& Sheriff's House

W. Lafayette Street
Palmyra, MO
  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the two-story brick sheriff's residence is noted as a significant example of Greek Revival architecture. Attached is a one-story jail that is built of massive stone blocks. The 10 Confederate sympathizers of the Palmyra Massacre were held here in 1862. The sheriff's quarters and jail are currently being restored as a museum by Landmarks of Northeast Missouri.
   
Mark Twain Lake
Ralls & Monroe
Counties, MO
  Created by the Clarence Cannon Dam, Mark Twain Lake is a 54,000-acre land and water project that spans the Salt River Valley. The area offers a wide variety of activities including boating, swimming, camping, hiking, and horseback riding.
   
Palmyra Massacre
Monument

Marion County Courthouse
100 S. Main Street
Palmyra, MO
  This granite monument topped by a Confederate soldier commemorates 10 Confederate soldiers taken from the county jail and executed in 1862 by Union Col. John McNeil when Confederates under Col. J. E. Porter's failed to return a captured spy.
Ralls County Historical
Museum & Library

120 E. Main Street
Perry, MO
573-248-6147
  Operated by the Ralls County Historical Society, this facility has a collection of historic memorabilia, old photos, Native American artifacts, books, and genealogies. Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm or by appointment.
   
Riverview Park
2000 Harrison Hill
Hannibal, MO
573-221-0154
  Situated on top of the limestone bluffs of north Hannibal, Riverview Park offers outstanding views of the Mississippi River, hiking trails, and other recreational opportunities.
Julian Steyermark Woods
Conservation Area

County Road 410
Hannibal, MO
573-248-2530
  The Julian Steyermark Woods Conservation Area is a scenic, mostly wooded 73-acre tract, located within the Hannibal city limits. The area is a good place for viewing wildlife, birding, and enjoying the woodlands of northeast Missouri. The area is a prime example of river hills woodlands bordering the Mississippi River 's west bank. The site has a one-mile moderate hiking trail. Birders will see and hear a wide variety of woodland songbirds. Eagles roost in the vicinity along the Mississippi River, so you may see them soaring overhead in the colder months.
Molly Brown
Birthplace & Museum

Mark Twain & Denkler Avenues
Hannibal, MO
573-221-2477
  Hannibal native Molly Brown is known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. Her birthplace was built in the early 1860's and is a simple vernacular structure. It was saved from demolition by the Marion County Historical Society. The furnishings are mid-nineteenth century and reflect the Irish-Catholic culture of Molly’s parents, the Tobins. The two remaining rooms are galleries. The Titanic Room is dedicated to the voyage and sinking of the great ship..The other houses a gallery of photographs depicting the history of the family and Hannibal.
Cannon Dam Opry
Junction 19 & 154
Perry, MO
573-565-3620
  The Cannon Dam Opry is well known for it's country music and gospel shows featuring local bands and talent.  It features a snack bar complete with soda, popcorn, hot dogs, and your favorite candy bar before the show and during intermission. Reserved seating available.
Hannibal Trolley Co.
220 N. Main Street
Hannibal, MO
573-221-1161
  Enjoy a narrated, 14-mile tour of historic Hannibal aboard our trolleys that stops at all the major attractions. Riders can visit each site and re-board and continue their tour. Shuttle service and private tours are available by reservation for groups. Seasonal.
Haunted Hannibal
and Historic Tours

323 Main Street
Hannibal, MO
314-494-2918
  Climb aboard our shuttle and enjoy a spine-tingling guided tour of many of Hannibal’s most notoriously haunted sites, both past and present! You'll hear stories of murder and mischief, meet the present-day ghosts of Millionaires' Row, and learn which buildings on historic Main Street are purported to be haunted.
Planter's Barn Theater
319 N. Main Street
Hannibal, MO
573-231-0021
  Located in the historic district of Hannibal the Planters Barn Theater, hosts the summer production of Mark Twain Himself from May to October and the Christmas production of A Shepherd's Tale in December.
Rockcliffe Mansion
1000 Bird Street
Hannibal, MO
573-221-4140
  Rockcliffe stands high about that knoll with majestic views of the Mississippi River, as a 13,500 square American castle complete with original artifacts, paintings, furniture, clothing and personal artifacts of the family, all found throughout the mansion's 4 floors and 30 rooms. Guided Tours are given every hour March 15th though November 15th.
Sawyer's Creek Fun Park
Highway 79 South
Hannibal, MO
573-221-8221
  Sawyer's Creek is a Family Fun Park. The facility offers bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cage, wine shop, candy store and ice cream parlor, restaurant, and many other fun family activities!
Becky Thatcher House
211 Hill Street
Hannibal, MO
573-221-9010
  The home of Laura Hawkins, Mark Twain's childhood sweetheart, who was implemented into Twain's writings as "Becky Thatcher", Tom Sawyer's sweetheart. Recently acquired by the Mark Twain Home Foundation, this home is open to the public at no charge. The gift shop on the first floor has a variety of gifts from the kitchen to the library to the Christmas room.
Mark Twain Cave
300 Cave Hollow Road
Hannibal, MO
573-221-1656
  The Mark Twain Cave Complex boasts America's oldest and newest show caves. When you visit us you will find a wealth of fun and interesting things to do! Experienced guides will escort you on the tour where the walkways are level and smooth, and there are no steps!
Mark Twain Clopper
N. Main & Hill Streets
Hannibal, MO
573-248-5054
  See Hannibal's Historic District on this twenty minute narrated horse-drawn tour. Memorial Day - Labor Day, Monday - Saturday.
   
Mark Twain Home
& Museum

208 Hill Street
Hannibal, MO
573-221-9010
  The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum consists of eight buildings, six of which are historically significant. Visitors taking self-guided tours of the complex that contains two interactive museums will learn the story of how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world’s most beloved authors. Visit the Mark Twain Home & Museum website for more information.
Mark Twain Riverboat
Center Street Landing
Hannibal, MO
573-221-3222
  The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront since the 1970s. This showboat offers visitors and residents of Hannibal a uniquely authentic riverboat experience on the "Mighty Mississippi."
Haunted House
& Wax Museum

Hannibal, MO
  215 Hill Street
573-221-2220
Tom Sawyer Dioramas
Hannibal, MO
  323 N. Main Street
573-221-3525
The Spratt Family Theater
Hannibal, MO
  101 N. Main Street
573-248-8383
Twainland Express
Sightseeing Tours

Hannibal, MO
  400 N. Third Street
1-800-786-5593
     
     
Nearby Attractions
  Pike County, Missouri
Pike County is home to one of America's newer Scenic Byways - the
Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road. Visitors to Pike County will find spectacular river views, the river cities of Clarksville and Louisiana, a wide variety of places to interact with nature, and a number of historical sites. The area is considered one of the prime bald eagle watching spots in the Midwest.
  Lincoln County, Missouri
Lincoln County is home to Cuivre River State Park, one of Missouri's largest and rugged state parks. Other attractions include the bottomlands that are billed as the "Duck Hunting Capitol of the Midwest," several conservation areas, historical sites, and the Winfield Ferry.
For Travelers Heading Down River
  Meeting the Missouri
The two longest rivers of the United States, the Missouri and the Mississippi, meet at St. Charles County, Missouri. The Historic St. Charles downtown area offers visitors a variety of attractions including the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center, The Foundry Art Centre, and Missouri’s First State Capitol. Nearby is Confluence State Park and the Daniel Boone Home.
  Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway
The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is one of America’s newer scenic byways. With over 20,000 acres of forest and wetlands at the heart of the Mississippi Flyway, it is a nature lovers paradise. Visitors will find spectacular colors in the fall and bald eagles in the winter. History abounds in the region ranging from the prehistoric Cahokia Mounds to sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
For Travelers Heading Up River
  The Tri-State Region - Iowa, Illinois, & Missouri
Six counties in three states make up this region that marks the upper reaches of the Middle Mississippi River Valley. Large communities with plenty of attractions in the region include Quincy, Keokuk, and Fort Madison. The historic town of Nauvoo is located in this region. A drive along the Great River Road from Nauvoo to Hamilton runs right along the river and is particularly scenic during the fall. Three locks and dams make this prime Bald Eagle watching country during the winter.
   
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