Explore the Counties of
Missouri's Lincoln Hills
Four Missouri counties make up the Lincoln Hills Region along the Great River Road. Marion, Ralls, Pike, and Lincoln Counties offer a diverse array of attractions, events, and activities. Each county offers visitors a chance to experience its own unique features will retaining the overall character of the region.
Marion County’s largest and most well known community is Hannibal. Hannibal lies in a broad valley cut by Bear Creek between the limestone bluffs of Lover's Leap and Cardiff Hill. Once a bustling river town with its lumber barons and cigar factories, Hannibal now caters to those looking to learn more about its most famous citizen: Mark Twain. The town is host to a large number of museums, historic houses, river related attractions, shops, and events that make it a top destination of visitors. North of Hannibal is Palmyra has been called the Handsomest City in North Missouri and has over 200 antebellum structures. Marion County has a lot to offer its visitors.
Jersey County anchors the northern section of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area. Features include Pere Marquette State Park, the real river towns of Grafton and Elsah, the Vadalabene Bike Trail, and events like the Jersey County Victorian Festival. greatriverroad.com’s coverage includes the communities of Brighton, Elsah, Grafton, Jerseyville, and Otterville.
Calhoun County’s rural character is owed in large part by the fact that it as almost completely surrounded by water. Features include four river ferries, the quaint town of Brussels, the Two Rivers Wildlife Refuge, and the McCully Heritage Project. greatriverroad.com’s coverage includes the communities of Batchtown, Brussels, Golden Eagle, Hardin, and Kampsville.