(StatePoint) In the heartland of Missouri lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered — Benton County.

Nestled amid rolling hills, pristine lakes and charming communities, this picturesque destination boasts a plethora of activities that cater to every taste and inclination. Here are some of the myriad experiences that await you.

Truman Lake Adventures: Embark on an aquatic escapade at Truman Lake, a shimmering expanse offering boating, fishing and water sports. Cast your line into the clear waters and reel in the thrill of fishing, or cruise along the lake’s tranquil surface as you soak in the breathtaking scenery.

Hidden Treasures: For lovers of vintage finds and timeless artifacts, Benton County offers an “Antique Alley” in the towns of Lincoln, Cole Camp and Warsaw. Browse through the carefully curated collections, from furniture and décor to nostalgic relics that tell stories of days gone by. Each shop is a portal to the past, offering a unique shopping experience for collectors and enthusiasts.

Trails, Trails, Everywhere are Trails: For the nature enthusiast, Warsaw beckons with a network of hiking and biking trails. Traverse the scenic Ozark landscapes on the Drake Harbor and Riverfront Trails, and embark on 22 miles of mountain biking trails at the Truman Lake Mountain Bike and Hiking Park to discover water assets galore and an abundance of wildlife.Cultural Immersion in Cole Camp: Step back in time to the Civil War at the Battle of Cole Camp in 1861, as Union forces clashed with pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard troops. Explore historical sites such as the Battle of Cole Camp historical site, the German Immigrant Memorial and the Cole Camp Museum, and absorb the captivating stories of this quaint town. Feel the echoes of history in the air as you stroll through the streets of Old Town and New Town, experiencing the history of the “Cole Camp Walking Tour.”

Festivals and Events: Benton County comes alive with a myriad of festivals and events throughout the year. From lively, family-friendly festivals to a Wine Stroll (Warsaw) and a Balloon Glow (Lincoln), there’s always something happening. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and create lasting memories with friends and family.

Culinary Delights: Indulge your taste buds in the diverse culinary scene of Benton County. From farm-to-table restaurants serving locally-sourced ingredients to quaint diners dishing up comfort food, savor the flavors that define this region. Don’t forget to try mouthwatering delights at a “Best of Missouri” establishment such as Cosmic Café in Warsaw, or German Table or Calgaro’s Pizza in Cole Camp.Waterfront Relaxation: Seek serenity along the shores of Truman Lake or the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you’re unwinding in a lakeside resort or camping under the stars, let the gentle lapping of the waves soothe your soul. Waterfront relaxation is a quintessential Benton County experience.

Embrace the enchantment of Benton County, where adventure meets tranquility, and every corner reveals a new story waiting to be told. Your next unforgettable adventure begins here. To learn more and to plan your trip, visit www.visitbentoncomo.com