Guide to Attractions
in Bald Eagle Areas

of the Middle Mississippi River Valley Area
   
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to the second largest population of Bald Eagles in the continental United States. There is also many other attractions that are close to where the Bald Eagles congregate that can be incorporated into a visit to see our national symbol. The following regional guides are listed in approximate geographic order following the Mississippi River from north to south. 
   
  The Tri-State Region - Iowa, Illinois, & Missouri
Six counties in three states make up this region that marks the upper reaches of the Middle Mississippi River Valley. Large communities with plenty of attractions in the region include Quincy, Keokuk, and Fort Madison. The historic town of Nauvoo is located in this region. A drive along the Great River Road from Nauvoo to Hamilton runs right along the river and is particularly scenic during the fall. Three locks and dams make this prime Bald Eagle watching country during the winter.
  Missouri's Lincoln Hills
The Lincoln Hills region of Missouri north of St. Louis is often called the Northern Ozarks. In the north is Hannibal, which conjures up images of the steamboat era and has become virtually synonymous with Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn. South of Hannibal is the Little Dixie Scenic Byway that travels atop limestone bluffs and through the real river towns of Clarksville and Louisiana. At the foot of the Lincoln Hills in Lincoln County is Cuivre River State Park, one of Missouri's largest and most rugged.
  Meeting of the Great Rivers
Scenic Byway

The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is one of America’s newer scenic byways. With over 20,000 acres of forest and wetlands at the heart of the Mississippi Flyway, it is a nature lovers paradise. Visitors will find spectacular colors in the fall and bald eagles in the winter. History abounds in the region ranging from the prehistoric Cahokia Mounds to sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
  Meeting the Missouri River
The two longest rivers of the United States, the Missouri and the Mississippi, meet at St. Charles County, Missouri. The Historic St. Charles downtown area offers visitors a variety of attractions including the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center, The Foundry Art Centre, and Missouri’s First State Capitol. Nearby is Confluence State Park and the Daniel Boone Home.
  St. Louis Area
As the largest metropolitan area in the Middle Mississippi River Valley, St. Louis offers an abundance of activities that cover the interests of almost any visitor. The area's most prominent attraction is the Gateway Arch which is the central part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial complex. St. Louis has a number of outstanding public institutions that are free to visit: the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, and the Science Center. There are plenty of green spaces for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Forest Park is the largest of the 105 city parks in St. Louis and is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The St. Louis County is home to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Castlewood State Park, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area and the Powder Valley Conservation Area.
  French Colonial Country
Down river of St. Louis and the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway area is French Colonial Country. This five county area was heavily influenced by the French fur traders who inhabited the region from 1700 to 1840. Attractions include the town of Ste. Genevieve with the largest concentration of French Colonial architecture in North America, Forts de Chartre and Kaskaskia in Randolph County, and the Cahokia complex in St. Clair County.
   
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Lewis and Clark
State Historic Site
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Foundry Art Centre
St. Charles, MO
Mastodon
State Historic Site
     




 
  Regional Guides
to the Middle Mississippi River Valley
 
       
  Meeting of the Great Rivers
National Scenic Byway
Ste. Genevieve &
French Colonial Country
Gateway to the West
St. Louis & St. Louis County
        
 
   Meeting the Missouri
Historic St. Charles County
The Lincoln Hills Region
Northeast Missouri
   
 
  The Tri-States Area
Iowa, Illinois & Missouri
The Mississippi River
Meets the Ohio River
   
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