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Iron County is undeniably one of Missouri's best kept secrets.  Whether you are here for a tour of our beautiful, historic area, are spending the day at one of the scenic natural "playgrounds" or here for one of the many festivals, we know you will want to return to experience more of Iron County.  For current information on the area, check out our local newspaper The Mountain Echo online or on Facebook.

Take a tour of our beautiful, historic county…experience for yourself all of the areas to explore in Iron County, you will definitely agree this is one of Missouri's best kept secrets.  

What makes our county so special?  We believe that quality of life is important to our community, so we have invested in our system to ensure that our children receive quality educations.  We also know that our citizens and visitors want quality recreational areas to enjoy.  You will find the most picturesque parks, plentiful hiking and biking trails, unique swimming areas, a vareity of fishing opportunities…the list is almost endless.  Located in the center of the United States Iron County is easily reached and is within a 2-4 hour drive from several major cities.  We invite you to experience Iron County for yourself.   Whether you are here for a short visit or a long stay, your adventure awaits to Explore Iron County, Missouri.

You'll find something unique in each of our communities:

Arcadia, Pilot Knob and Ironton are neiboring communities that make up Arcadia Valley.  They each offer a variety of opportunities for visitors to enjoy​.

Annapolis  is home to an event called "Freedom Fest." The festival takes place the first Saturday of every October. "Freedom Fest" consists of a parade and a local car show, quoted as being "not too shabby" from a KMOV News reporter, and many other regular carnival events. The "Freedom Fest" was reported to have an attendance of 7,069 as of 2007.

Arcadia is home of  The Arcadia Valley Academy, which has been towering over the Arcadia Valley for over 150 years. The original Academy was built in 1846.  During the civil war it served a a Union hospital from 1861-1863. In 1877 the Ursuline nuns purchased the school and turned it into a girls school. The Academy operated as a school until 1970 which marked the last graduating class. The Academy served as a convent until the nuns were moved to St. Louis in 1985.  For more information on this must visit destination, visit Arcadia Academy.

Pilot Knob is located in the Arcadia Valley of Iron County, Missouri.  So named because of its distinctive shape and prominent position, Pilot Knob reaches an elevation of 1,470ft rising 581ft above the Arcadia Valley floor and has a large deposit of iron ore in its upper regions. Pilot Knob in one peak in the St. Francois Mountains.  Home of the historic Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob battleground and current museum.  Visit our Facebook page for current event information.  

Ironton is the County seat for Iron County where our historic courthouse, great shopping and dining opportunities as well as hiking and biking areas are located.  Iron County was officially organized on February 17, 1857, and was named after the abundance of iron ore found within its borders.  Click here for a map of Iron County.

Viburnum is nestled in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest of the Ozark Mountains.   In 1889, the boom town of Viburnum was home to 12 people.  In 1955 St. Joe Company discovered valuable lead ore, and started developing the area in 1957.  An annual festival held in Viburnum is Old Miners' Days, a celebration of Viburnum area's rich history in leading the world in lead mining.

Contact Arcadia Valley Missouri Chamber of Commerce for more information at 573-546-7117.