Ozarks

The Ozarks is in the USA and includes areas in southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, and eastern Oklahoma.

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Major tourist cities

Popular tourist towns

Major cities

Other destinations

Buffalo River Pruitt Landing

Understand

The Ozarks is a plateau that covers 50,000 sq. miles. There is also an Ozark culture which embodies the people that live in this region. The area has rolling hills, mountains that have eroded over time along with many man-made lakes. All of this makes the area attractive for outdoor activities including fishing, hunting and hiking.

The area became a popular tourist attraction overnight with Harold Bell Wright's 1907 novel, "The Shepherd of the Hills". His novel told a story about the mountain country and hill people nearby Branson, Missouri.

Talk

The people of the Ozarks have their own way of talking and a set of terms that you might not hear outside the region. For example some of the common terms are; "Frog Strangler" or "Gully Warsher" both of which mean a heavy rain. You might hear some way say "You look mighty peakid, are you a-fixen to be sick?" Others are "Rosanears" is corn on the cob, "yourn" is yours "Is that yourn?", a "krick" is a creek, "pritnear" is almost like ""I'm pritnear done with this". The hill people of the Ozarks are affectionately called Hillbillies.

Get in

Get around

The best way to get around is to drive. You will also get a good fill of the scenery driving the hills of the Ozarks.

See

Major lakes

Mountain ranges

Do

Hiking trails

Eat

Frog legs are a popular dish in this area of the country. Catfish, deer and green tomato relish are also some very popular examples of the "stick-to-your-ribs goodness" that warms these hillpeople during the bitter cold months and long, steamy summers.

Stay safe

Tornadoes are a very dangerous surprise to watch for as well as deer that frequently jump into the road.

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