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Bed and Breakfast

Ginger Blue Inn  (Highly Recommended)
This inn was remodeled in 2009 and decorated in the Old World Style with influences from old European architecture in Ginger Blue village. 5 unique bedrooms, all with private baths. A large living room with an ornate 9 ft fireplace, a 20 ft ceiling, and grand piano is perfect for weddings up to 50 people.  The German Tea Room is a dining room with an old English inn atmosphere, where the guests are served a complimentary breakfast.  It also can host up to 25 guests for special parties or dinners. The Inn is also available for weddings, receptions, dinners, teas and other special events.
(Advance Reservations highly recommended. May not be available throughout entire winter season.)
187 N. Old Ozark Trail
Noel, Missouri  64854

Reservations: (417)436-2273

Breweries / Distilleries / Tap Rooms

Tall Pines Distillery
Offering Tasting, Tours, and Bottle Sales. A family owned and operated Distillery and Event Center right off Interstate 49 and H highway. Can host Weddings, Corporate Events, and Parties for all Occasions. The first legal moonshine distillery in McDonald County, Missouri since the prohibition.

Whistling Springs Brewing Company

McDonald County's own craft beer brewery and taproom. 16+ TAPS of their own brews made in-house. A bit of a long - very scenic - drive from Noel, but worth it for beer lovers. Directions available on both their website and Facebook page.

Cabin Rentals

Off the Deep End (Highly Recommended)
Restored resort on Elk river in Noel. Just two blocks from Shadow Lake pavilion. Three cabins with showers, a/c, microwaves, coffeemakers and refrigerators; also an upstairs greatroom available overlooking the river. Linens and towels provided. Also an excellent rec room with pool table and wet bar available for your special events. 71 foot rock dock on river. Gas grill available. Bonfire nightly. Large grass yard with volleyball net & natural stone patio with large firepit.
(Seasonal rental only. Advance Reservations highly recommended.)
319 Park St.
Noel, Missouri  64854

Reservations: 417-475-7700

River Ranch Resort (Highly Recommended)
Has several cabins and large multi-bedroom lodge facilities for rent at the campground, of various types and sizes. One of the largest and  longest-running outfitters on the river, specializing in accommodating large groups; yet equally popular with individual families and campers.
Available during the May-September canoeing season, and some additional special event dates.. Check their website for details.
(Advance reservations strongly suggested. Cabins usually sell out well in advance during the season.)
101 River Drive
Noel, Missouri  64854

(417) 475-6121
Reservations: 800-951-6121

The Hideaways on Elk River (previously: The Cabins At Ginger Blue) (Highly Recommended)
The "Barn House" was restored in 2013, a former two-story barn on 10 secluded acres in Ginger Blue village, just north of Noel. 2 bedrooms with queen beds (linens and blankets are included), living room (with accommodations for two more to sleep) and TV & DVD player. Full kitchen with cookware provided. Full bath and shower, with towels provided. Large covered deck and covered parking. BBQ grill and fire pit available for guest use.
RV hookup also available.
The "Noel River Properties" are all year cabin rentals located in the Ozarks along the Elk River. Two beautifully updated, fully furnished homes offering all that you will need for your getaway.
(Available Year-Round. Advance Reservation required.)
374 Valley Drive
Noel, Missouri  64854
Reservations: 417-342-4025 or  417-342-4018

Elk River Resort & Arthur Murray Motel  (Recommended*)
Has several cabins right on the river, right next to where the famous Ginger Blue Resort used to be, so there is excellent views of the river. A large bunkhouse is also available to accommodate your big group.
*They also purchased and remodeled the historic Arthur Murray Motel in Noel, with nice river views behind each room - however I have heard that they sold the hotel in 2019, so the recommendation is conditional since I don't know what the new management.
(Advance reservations strongly suggested. Weekend cabin rentals usually sell out well in advance during the season.)

13494 State Highway 59
Ginger Blue, Missouri  64854
Reservations: 417-455-6683

Camp Grounds and Canoe Outfitters on the Elk River

Noel is blessed with a number of exceptional campgrounds along the Elk River, each offering it's own special scenic views and various amenities. For decades, people have traveled from all across the country to stay at our campgrounds. Noel has been especially popular with visitors from Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Wichita; to name a few of the regional metropolitan areas whose dwellers choose Noel to escape the hassles of city life for a time. But don't take our word for it, come see for yourself what our scenic campgrounds have to offer you.
River Ranch Resort  (Highly Recommended)
101 River Drive
Noel, Missouri  64854

(417) 475-6121
Reservations: 800-951-6121

Elk River Resort (Highly Recommended)
13494 State Highway 59
Ginger Blue, Missouri  64854
Reservations: 417-455-6683

Big Elk Floats and Camping
(Note: This campground previously advertised itself as "alcohol free" - although that has changed... Just FYI if that matters to you.)

Cowskin Canoe Rental

Lazy Days Campground

Shady Beach

Two Sons Floating and Camping

Eagle's Nest Campground and Canoe Rentals

Elk River Floats

Kozy Kamp

Wayside Campground

Caves and Tours

The Ozarks around Noel are known for their interesting and abundant caves. There are several commercial caves around the Noel area, as well as numerous small caves that have not been developed. If you love caves, there's a whole weekend of adventure waiting for you in and around Noel!
Bluff Dwellers Cave
  954 Highway 59 South
  Noel, Missouri 64854
  (417) 475-3666

  Open Daily: March - November, 8 AM - 6 PM
  Open Year-Round, Winter Schedules May Vary

Maps and Travel Routes

Noel is located in the southwest corner of Missouri (see map). Considered by many as the western gateway to the Ozark mountains, Noel is a river valley town; located along the clear, smooth-running waters of the Elk River. The rolling Ozarks hills surround Noel on every side, and the distinctive Noel bluffs, carved out naturally by the Elk River centuries ago, give Noel a unique landscape that has drawn tourists ever since the city was founded over 100 years ago.
5kb .GIF -- Map of the 4-state area
17kb .GIF -- Map of the highways around Noel
28kb .GIF -- Map of the streets of Noel
From the North (Kansas City, MO; Joplin, MO; etc.):
Take I-49 south to the Highway "H" exit.  Turn right on "H"  and head west 6 miles into Noel.
From the South, (Ft. Smith, AR; Fayetteville, AR; etc.):
Take I-49/US highway 71 north into Missouri. After about four miles past the state line, you can take state highway 90 west to Noel. This route is exceptionally hilly and curvy, so you might wish to do as most of the locals do and continue on up I-49 about 5 more miles to the Pineville/Noel 
Highway "H" exit.  Turn right on "H"  and head west 6 miles into Noel.
From the West (Wichita, KS; Tulsa, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; etc.):
The easiest way for most people coming from the west is actually to get to I-49 and follow the directions given above. If, however, you like taking the back roads, get on state highway 43 (either in Missouri, Arkansas, or Oklahoma, depending on your direction of travel) and take it to Southwest City, Missouri. From the outskirts of Southwest City, take state highway 90 east about four miles directly to Noel.
From the East (Branson, MO; Eureka Springs, AR; etc.):
As it is from the west, it's also easiest to get to I-49 and follow the directions given above (depending on if you reach I-49 north or south of Noel). But if you prefer the scenic route: From Eureka Springs, Arkansas, take US highway 62 West to Gateway, Arkansas. Turn right on state highway 37 into Missouri. In about nine miles, you'll reach Washburn, Missouri; and from there, take state highway 90 west. If you stay on state highway 90, it will take you directly to Noel. For the truly adventurous, take county road K (also paved) through the Huckleberry Ridge State Forest for a beautiful example of the Ozark timber; and when you reach US highway 71, go north a mile into Pineville and turn left onto Highway "H" the last seven miles to Noel

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