Poplar Bluff is a major destination for both business and recreation and, as such, accommodates every type of guest. Near the busier areas, there are plenty of motels to choose from, all providing comfortable lodging at an economic price. Most cater to business travelers and have high-speed Internet access and conference rooms.
For the recreational visitor, Poplar Bluff has a wide range of choices. Enjoy camping under the stars at one of the many RV campgrounds, or rent a cabin in the woods. All of these establishments enjoy a convenient location near the most exciting recreational destinations.
Poplar Bluff offers a wide selection of dining options, where down-home traditions meet the demands of a bustling city. Many restaurants have perfected their recipes over the generations and offer home-cooked meals in a warm, family setting. Gather around for a barbecue feast with good friends and family, or grab a bite and a drink to watch the big game at one of the neighborhood sports bars and grills.
Poplar Bluff has its share of fine dining and serves the best in upscale cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. In addition to the many entrée favorites, one specialty is a traditional catfish, which exemplifies the tastes of the region.
To meet the needs of its large population of workers and busy residents, Poplar Bluff is home to many casual restaurants. From fast food and all-you-can-eat buffets to catering services, anyone can find delicious food while on the go.
Looking for a safe place to relax and unwind? Then you will find it at Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The community offers a safe, hometown atmosphere with a wealth of natural attractions along with all the amenities of a large city. Poplar Bluff is about 150 miles from St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas, and 336 miles from Kansas City, Missouri. It is located on high ground just above Black River and near the heart of Butler County.
A new convention center, historical museums, art museums, rivers, a lake and a national forest area are just some of the places to visit in Poplar Bluff. Located in southeastern Missouri, Poplar Bluff is in the approximate center of an eight-county trade area with a population of about 175,000.
Discover the newest place for entertainment in southeastern Missouri. The new Black River Coliseum is located in historic downtown Poplar Bluff along the banks of the celebrated Black River. It is just minutes away from tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants and lodging options and is easily accessible from St. Louis, Branson, Memphis, Little Rock and Springfield. This modern 115,000-square-foot, multi-purpose facility plays host to concerts, sporting events, family shows, trade shows, conventions and banquets, just to name a few. It has a seating capacity of 5,000 for concerts, 4,500 for sporting events and 4,000 for rodeos, as well as numerous other areas to accommodate business meetings, training classes, receptions and seminars.
Poplar Bluff is home to four very distinct museums. The Poplar Bluff Historical Museum is teeming with information on the history of Poplar Bluff and Butler County and has Veterans and Boy and Girl Scouts displays. The Margaret Harwell Art Museum features monthly exhibits, classes, artwork and a gift shop. The Epps-Houts Museum houses artwork and sculptures from 13 countries, and the Moark Regional Railroad Museum features model trains, photographs, a dining car display, train bells and original tools from the railroad industry.
The St. Francis and Black Rivers offer visitors and residents numerous opportunities to enjoy both their beauty and the amplitude of sporting activities. Lake Wappapello, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake, is a short 16 miles from Poplar Bluff. The 44,000 acres of water and land are open for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and camping.
Mingo Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 21,676 acres of mostly hardwood, bottomland swamp. The refuge is the only large tract of bottomland forest left in this area of Missouri. The Mingo Swamp was formed about 18,000 years ago when the Mississippi River shifted to the east, leaving a dense swamp to form in its abandoned channel. In 1945, the area was established as a National Wildlife Refuge, primarily to provide resting, nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.
The Poplar Bluff District of the Mark Twain National Forest is located in the southeastern edge of the Ozarks where the forest starts to give way to the Mississippi lowlands. Developed recreation areas, as well as hiking and riding trails provide recreational opportunities to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
Located a short drive from Poplar Bluff is the famous Current River. This river offers wonderful floating and boating opportunities during the summer months. Also located close to Current River are many natural springs, including Big Springs. With an average of 276 million gallons flowing daily, Big Springs is one of the largest freshwater springs in the world.
For more information on the Poplar Bluff area, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 573-785-7761 or visit the Chamber’s website at www.poplarbluffchamber.org. Don’t miss the organization’s interactive Community Calendar on its website for information on local events.