It’s a Great Day for a Nature Getaway! – Walking and Hiking Trails Near Branson, Missouri

Springtime in the Ozarks is a beautiful experience! With the trees blooming across the rolling hills and the flowers springing up in the meadows, it is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Branson might be bustling, but the surrounding areas are full of scenic nature getaways. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to picnic, or a day long hike, there is something for everyone here in the Ozarks!

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Walking Trails

North Beach
Location: 50 N. Boardwalk, Branson, MO 65616

Positioned between beautiful Lake Taneycomo and the Branson Landing, this 3/4 of a mile path takes you through North Beach Park, which features fishing docks, horseshoe pits, and plenty of picnic space. While you’re there check out the Branson Landing, full of shops, attractions for the whole family, and delicious places to grab a bite to eat. 

Stockstill Park
Location: 524 Stockstill Lane, Branson, MO 65616

A favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, Stockstill Park sits along Roark Creek, and features a 1/2 mile walking trail right along the course of the creek, just a short walk away from the Branson Landing and historic Downtown Branson. The park also features picnic pavilions, large open spaces for frisbee or ball games, six tennis courts, a dog park, and even a skate park. 

Sunset Park
Location: 869 Sunset Lane, Branson, MO 65616

Featuring disk golf courses and views of Lake Taneycomo along a 6/10 mile long path, Sunset Park is aptly named because it remains open until 11:00 PM each night, with bright lights to guide visitors along the walking trail.

Nature Hikes

Waterfall Trail
Location: Intersection of Roark Valley Road and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Waterfall Trail is one of Branson’s newest hiking paths, and runs along a tributary of Roark Creek. The trail itself is 2/3 miles, unpaved, and includes two creek crossings, gorgeous rock formations, and a beautiful waterfall, all underneath a dense canopy of trees. Although the path becomes a bit rugged in places, and the creek can become muddy after a good rain, this is a fairly easy hike and perfect for the whole family. 

Lakes Forest Wilderness Area
Location: 412 Owen Lane, Branson, MO 65616

Located in the heart of Branson, Lakes Forest Wilderness Area features 5.3 miles of rigorous hiking trails nestled amongst beautiful woodland views. A set of 315 stone steps, placed all the way back in the late 1930’s, lead down toward Lake Taneycomo, and pass both a cave and a waterfall. The area also features an old homestead and barn, which add a unique historic touch to this nature getaway. Although the trails are recommended for hikers looking for a bit of a challenge, the area also includes a nature playground, picnic pavillion, and gorgeous views of Lake Taneycomo, all from the comfort of the parking lot. 

Chinquapin Trail and Table Rock Lakeshore Trail (Table Rock Lake State Park)
Location: 5272 MO-165, Branson, MO 65616

Table Rock Lake State Park features two beautiful trails that wind along the lake and through the surrounding natural areas. The first is the Chinquapin Trail, which is 3.4 miles, unpaved, and winds along stunning rock formations, including a few caves. The second is the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, which features the Dewey Short Visitor Center, and is 2.25 miles of paved, relatively flat trail perfect for hikers of any experience level.

White River Valley Trail
Location: 5325 MO-165, Branson, MO 65616

Located on sections of Table Rock State Park, as well as US Army Corps of Engineers land, the White River Valley Trail is 10.25 miles long and sectioned into loops that offer a variety of surfaces and challenges perfect for hikers of all skill levels. Featuring views of small waterfalls, both Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo, and an abandoned farmstead, the trail winds through some of the most beautiful woodlands the area has to offer. This trail is also perfect for biking.

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
Location: West of Branson on Sycamore Log Church Road

Although you might know Paul Henning as the creator of television classics like The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction, he and his wife were passionate conservationists, and wished to keep this area beautiful for all to enjoy. There are a few designated trails in the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, including the Streamside Trail which is a 1/2 mile intermediate hike, and the Homesteader’s Trail, which is 3.4 miles long and classified as difficult. Make sure you visit their 40 foot viewing tower, which boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding land. The area is lush with trees, and is popular amongst bird watchers for its diverse wildlife, which makes the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area the perfect forested getaway during your trip to Branson.

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