SOUTHERN MISSOURI 148 MILES • Hwy 160; Rtes 21, 142, 17
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trip, consider floating on the Current River in Doniphan and making a weekend of it. Route 21 makes large, sweeping turns before it reaches the right turn onto Route 142. Route 142 passes through the small town of Gatewood and into Thayer. While in Thayer, spend some time at the gorgeous Grand Gulf State Park. The 130-foot chasm formed after almost three-quarters of a mile of cavern roof collapsed. Sometimes called the Little Grand Canyon, the area includes overlooks, hiking trails, and places to enjoy a picnic. The Country Cottage Café is a good place to get some food while you’re exploring the area. Hop onto Route 17 in Lanton to return to West Plains.
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THIS RUN has all the best ingredients: low traffic, smooth roads, sweepers, hairpin turns, and hills. The Southern Missouri scenic route is remote, so be sure to keep your tank topped whenever passing through one of the bigger towns. In West Plains, take Highway 160 east toward Doniphan and the Current River. This curvy highway is filled with hills and twisting roads that travel through parts of the Mark Twain National Forest. Highway 160 crosses the Eleven Point River after forty-five miles. If you’re an angler, this is a good place to stop and wet a line. Highway 160 takes a left into Doniphan. Keep going straight at the Corner Café before diverting to town to get onto Route 21. For a fun side
MISSOURI STATE PARKS
Grand Gulf State Park