Doniphan Missouri is located in the heart of the Ozark mountains of southern Missouri. Doniphan Missouri is the county seat for Ripley County Missouri. The population of Doniphan is 1,997.
In the foothills of the Ozark Mountains' Current River Country, historic Doniphan was settled in 1819 near an Indian village and French trading post. It's historic district is centered around the Ripley County Courthouse and other buildings, all on the National Register of Historic Places. It is on the first federal highway west of the Mississippi River, and on the famous Cherokee Trail of Tears. Civil War sites are on every corner of the county. A historical museum and gift shop displays many artifacts and crafts.
Doniphan and the surrounding southern Missouri hills are dotted with small and large ranches, cattle ranches, horse ranches, hobby farms, dairies, country homes,lots, larger acreage's, residential, resorts and recreational areas. Recreation knows no bounds here! Enjoy canoeing, tubing, swimming or boating on the swift-flowing Current River, other crystal clear streams, Ripley Lake and Fourche Lake. The area is famous as the Float Fishing Capitol of the World.
Fish, camp, hike or hunt in vast Mark Twain National Forest. Enjoy the solitude of Little Black or Fourche State Forests. Play golf and tennis at the Sycamore Hills Golf Course. Ride horseback on miles of scenic trails in Mark Twain National Forest.
Spring brings blooming dogwoods, hungry fish waiting to bite and newborn deer. Summer offers wildflowers, river floats, country music shows and the Ripley County Fair. Fall (my personal favorite) has it's flaming revue, followed by mild winter weather. Deer, turkey and small game hunting attracts people from all over the country.
So if you're looking for that piece of the "heartland" located in southern Missouri where the fishing and hunting opportunities are abundant; where you can raise a family or maybe enjoy your retirement near the crystal clear lakes and streams, you are at the right place.