Piedmont, in Wayne County, is a friendly Ozarks town in an outdoors recreational paradise just east of Clearwater Lake. It is served by State Highways 34 and 49.
Shawnee and Delaware Indians were the first tribes settlers found here. French, and later Germans, ventured by, but few settled.
The area climate averages 70.5 degrees. In January, the average temperature is 31.4 degrees, with the hottest month, July, seeing 91.8 degrees. The area measured an average annual rainfall of 37.26 inches and average snowfall of just over 9 inches.
The Ozark Heritage Festival held at Piedmont each October. Ellington's Spring Fever Festival, Old Greenville Days, the Blackpowder Rendezvous, Freedom Fest and the Wayne County Saddle Club horse show and rodeo are also held annually. Gads Hill is the scene of the first Missouri train robbery by Jesse James. Piedmont is near the highest point in Missouri: Taum Sauk Mountain.
Other attractions are Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Fort Davidson and Big Spring.Area schools are "AAA" rated. Three Rivers College at Poplar Bluff, Mineral Area College at Park Hills and Southeast Missouri University at Cape Girardeau offer additional opportunities.
There are two health clinics in Piedmont. Ellington also has 2 clinics and a hospital. Quality care is available at Clark Mountain Nursing Home, Brent B. Tinnin Manor and elsewhere in the region.
Created as a result of a flood control project on the Black River in 1948, Clearwater Lake, the "Gem of the Ozarks," offers fishing, swimming, water skiing, pontoon rides and float trips. Five recreational areas: Bluff View Park, Piedmont Park, Webb Creek Park, River Road Park and Highway K Park, offer 365 campsites, a group camp area, swim beaches, boat ramps, marinas and nature trails. Nearby 5,000-acre Sam A. Baker State Park is one of the oldest parks in Missouri. Big Creek and St. Francis River offer floating, fishing and 18.5 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. Piedmont Canyon Club has a 9-hole golf course, circa 1930 stone clubhouse, large pavilion and swimming pool. Lon Sanders Canyon has a mile-long trail and waterfalls. The Markham Springs Recreational Area offers a restored mill, spring-fed millpond and more.
If recreation, small town charm and plenty of things to do and see appeal to you, this is your kind of place! Why not stop by today and check out our area for yourself. We'll make your real estate dreams a reality!