Our small community is nestled in the rolling green hills of Reynolds County in the southern Missouri Ozarks. We have just over 1,000 residents with another 2,000 living in a 10-mile radius. St. Louis is 130 miles to the northeast and Poplar Bluff is 55 miles to the southeast.
Designated Missouri Scenic Highway 21 connects the community to new 4-lane U.S. 60 about 19 miles to the south. Our main industries are timber, agriculture, machine manufacturing and mining. The weather here is mild in the winter and warm in the summer with long spring and fall seasons.
The Ellington school system is an accredited 1-A system with about 500 students from pre-school through high school. Community colleges in Farmington and Poplar Bluff are just a short drive away. Three public universities – University of Missouri, Missouri State and Southeast Missouri, are only a few hours away. more
Ellington's Advanced Health Care Center is a 25-bed facility with around-the-clock emergency care and helicopter evacuation services to St. Louis and other cities. There are two large medical clinics in Ellington, several home health care providers, as well as a new HealthPRO Physical Therapy Center. The Reynolds County Health Center is in nearby Centerville and the Brent B. Tinnin Manor, a 60-bed skilled nursing center, is located in Ellington. more
The region abounds with natural attractions. From thousands of acres of state and federal forests and parks to rivers and large lakes, the area annually attracts thousands of tourists. Included are the Current and Black rivers, Clearwater Lake, Rocky Falls and Blue Springs. Fort Barnesville, a Civil War encampment, is in the process of partial restoration; Ellington is also home to the Reynolds County Museum. more
Many national and international bicycling maps feature routes through Ellington and on almost any summer day you will see cross country bikers pedaling along routes 21 and 106. Pyrite mined nearby is one of the most exotic minerals in the world and a couple of ounces from Reynolds County will sell for up to $100 in the New York marketplace. November ushers in deer hunting season and even the schools recess for the week as hundreds of hunters from around the state head here, many camp out in the Deer Run State Forest.