The Best of Branson’s Hiking Trails

The extravagant nightlife may bring in the most revenue for Branson, but the surrounding natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains remains the heart and soul of the region. Hiking lovers will certainly want to check out these hiking trails in Branson, MO.

White River Valley Trail System – Table Rock State Park

This relatively new trail system opened in 2011 and is already a favorite amongst mountain bikers and hikers in the region. This network of Branson hiking trails covers 10.25 miles total, and walkers should be reminded that the trail gives priority to mountain bikers. Lake Taneycomo runs parallel to the trail and provides a beautiful backdrop for your hike. Those looking to cover the most elevation – nearly 400 feet - should aim to hike the Blue Trail. The Green and Orange trails offer similar views, but with less strenuous hiking.

Glade Exploration Trail – Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

The Glade Exploration Trail is a short, 1.7-mile loop trail inside the Paul Henning Conservation Area. You’ll have to enter the Conservation Area to get access to the trailhead. The lightly traveled trail is a perfect misty morning hike in the forest. Most of the trail follows a creek bed, which can flow with water during wetter months. The unique glade landscape is a nice reprieve from the bustling nightlife of downtown Branson.

Lakeside Wilderness Hiking Area – 412 Owen Ln

The Lakeside Wilderness Hiking Area offers two Branson hiking trails, both inside a beautiful, 140-acre nature escape in the heart of Branson. Trail 1 is not for the weary, as it winds through rocky terrain and steep steps. Take a short break at the waterfall to replenish and absorb your surroundings. The reward for hiking Trail 1 is an ending at the historic landmark of Old Soldier’s Cave. This trail will require some agility! Trail 2 is a much lighter jaunt through the woods, allowing views of the Ashes Juniper tree, a species unique to the glades. All in all, visitors consider these hiking trails in Branson, MO some of the best in the area.

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail – 4600 MO-165

Table Rock Lake sits in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in the White River Valley. This 2.9-mile paved trail around the lake is considered a mellow hike. The trail still offers breathtaking views of Table Rock and the surrounding area. Most of the trail is shaded, so you can expect to see plenty of wildlife. Many have found Table Rock Trail to be a perfect jogging path.

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