Welcome to Ava, Missouri
"Treasure of the Ozarks"
Nestled here in the middle of Ozark Mountains, Ava is truly a treasure with forest, fields, and streams, friendly and kind-hearted residents, fascinating historical and cultural heritage, and diverse educational opportunities. For that reason, we have formally adopted the motto: Ava ~ Treasure of the Ozarks.
Ava offers a small town atmosphere, down home celebrations and festivals, and a Triple-A school system. Ava is fortunate to be home of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association, which holds two annual festivals drawing thousands to our community. We are also partially surrounded by the Mark Twain National Forest, where we have a fall festival each year celebrating the beauty of the Ozark Mountains.
Our business community is diverse, with many locally owned and operated businesses, as well as big name retailers. We are also fortunate to have Scroll Compressors, LLC as a major employer in our area. Ava welcomes new businesses and will work with potential business operators and entrepreneurs. Ava also has many recreational opportunities. Our city park is home to the Ava Water Park, which offers residents summer fun, as well as certified swim lessons and competitive swim team programs. The park has a beautiful walking trail, tennis courts, and pavilions for picnics. Ava prides itself in having dozens of community-based organizations from which to choose and be an active participant.
Three designated "scenic highways" meet in Ava. Missouri Highway 5 connects points such as Lake of the Ozark country to the north and the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas to the south. State Highways 14 and 76 merge in Ava and provide access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire state. Travel west out of Ava on Highway 76 and reach Branson, known as the "Live Music Show Capital of the World".
Ava's biggest treasure is its quality of life. It offers a place to live, work, play, and raise a family in a small town atmosphere, with people who really care.
The Ava Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a number of community events that highlight our beautiful surroundings, cultural heritage, and hometown atmosphere. For more information, see our Calendar of Events.