Northern River Road
Address: Saint Charles, Missouri
This route offers a sampling of the road with a 92-mile adventure from St. Charles to Hannibal running along the eastern edge of Missouri’s Little Dixie region—so named by the area’s settlers who came from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia—this portion of Route 79 is known as the Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road. The Missouri Department of Conservation notes the area offers the most outstanding locale for nature tourism in the state. Local residents call the road from Clarksville to Hannibal the Fifty Miles of Art Corridor in recognition of the many fine artists, craftspeople, and artisans who call the area home. Historic homes, great family restaurants, a riverboat cruise, museums, and more make Hannibal a good place to spend the night before or after your ride. Visit the third weekend in October for the Folklife Festival. Hannibal is best known as the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the inspiration behind such literary creations as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- Total Miles: 184
- Total Time: 3 Hours, 42 Minutes
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