Southwest Missouri was the site of several Civil War battles and skirmishes, and the region retains its ties to the past with historic sites where you can explore the state's involvement in the war. In this region, you'll also find Missouri's third-largest city, Springfield; its entertainment capital, Branson; and the serenity of Stockton Lake, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake.
As home to significant portions of the Mark Twain National Forest, the 12-county area is known for its bubbling springs and forested hills. Over one hundred miles of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways afford visitors almost countless recreational opportunities. The area’s 300+ caves attract the truly adventurous!