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Explore West Plains Guidebooks available


The 2024 Explore West Plains guidebook, “Year of the Eclipse” edition, is now available. At 112 pages, the new book is expanded from last year’s edition and is filled with things to do in and around West Plains, including a self-guided history, art and attractions and tour, event calendar and points of interest, along with information about the community and famous West Plains residents.

For those wanting to experience the outdoors around West Plains, there are day trips featured for exploring the area. Other day trips can be put together by choosing locations featured in the book including mills, springs, lakes and ponds, conservation areas, state parks and points of interest. A map is included along with turn-by-turn directions and mileage to different locations.

There is an outdoor adventures section featuring locations for hiking, river access, swimming holes and information about the Ozark Trail for those wishing to mountain bike, horseback ride or hike through the Mark Twain National Forest. Also included is the West Plains Bike Route, suggested roads for motorcycle riding and information for off-road ATV adventures.
Information on lodging includes West Plains hotels and area resorts, campgrounds and outfitters. There is a West Plains dining and shopping directory along with information about moving to and living in West Plains.
The guidebooks are available free of charge and can be picked up at the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, 2999 Porter Wagoner Blvd., or at any West Plains hotel.

They also are available at guidebook advertiser locations including: 37 North Realty, All Pet and Equine, Bartlett Moving and Storage, Blitch Carter Team, Brill Title Company, Burton Creek Rural Clinic, Circle C and K Clothing and Western Store, Colton’s Steak House & Grill, Community First Bank, Country at Heart, Donut Palace, “Go Farm” Farmers Market, Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce, HB Boot Corral, Heritage Tractor, Hibby’s, Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, JB’s Health Mart, Johnny Hatchets Axe Throwing & Coffee House, Justin Shelby State Farm Insurance, Mega Motorsports, Miller Satellite and Home Store, Mission First Medical, Missouri State University-West Plains, Morlan-Shell Ford, Ozark Kountry Realty, Ozarks Healthcare, Ozarks Small Business Incubator, Quality Floors, Rachel McDonald Keller Williams Realty, Ream Optometry, Ryan Miller Construction, Silver Springs RV Park, Silver Springs Storage, Six Sisters Mercantile, Southern Hills Auto Plaza, Toyota of West Plains, Twin Bridges Resort, United Country Realty, Vantage Realty, Vision Xpress, Waggoner Family Floral, West Plains Bank & Trust, West Plains Bike Shop, Wiles Abstract and Title and Wiley Insurance Agency.

The guidebook also is available online at explorewestplains.com. For more information, contact the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center at 417-256-8835. For updates on area activities, like and follow Explore West Plains on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.