Best Hiking Trails in Branson

Best Hiking Trails in Branson

It’s that time of year again! Branson is warming up and it is time to hit the trails! One of our favorite things about the spring is the many walking and hiking trails in Branson. We’ve done quite a bit of searching and found all the best trails in the area for you. And what is better than spending a day outside exploring the beautiful Ozarks and coming home to your own private log cabin or vacation home? Here are a few of our top recommendations!

Easy Hikes

  • North Beach Walking Path :: This 3/4 of a mile paved path will take you alongside Lake Taneycomo. It’s the perfect spot for a quick stroll.
  • Ridgetop Trail, Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area :: Just under a 1.5 miles long, this trail is home to a variety of plants and animals- including bald eagles!
  • Dogwood Canyon :: Absolutely beautiful trails, waterfalls and more. There is a fee to enter here, but it is worth it!

Moderate Treks

  • Chinquapin Trail :: About 2 miles long, this trail is full of natural beauty! You will love the varied terrain and beautiful flowers. There is even an access point to the Table Rock Lakeshore trail.
  • Piney Creek Wilderness Area :: 13.1 miles long, this scenic trail is absolutely stunning and is made up of multiple smaller trails. You can choose to hike the whole thing or explore a few of the small portions of the trail.
  • Busiek State Forest :: An 18 mile trail made up of two separate trails. It is the perfect hiking, biking, fishing and camping destination!
  • Drury-Mincy Conservation Area :: This area is known for bird watching, camping and hiking. Most hikes are moderate, but there is a more challenging 1.5 mile hike on location called Bear Cave Trail.

Excursions

  • White River Valley Trail System :: Just under 12 miles, this trail is ideal for experienced hikers. Here you will find mixed terrain and various levels of hiking.
  • Hercules Glades Wilderness :: This 32 mile trail system has beautiful terrain, wildlife and plants. Keep an eye open- you might see turkey, quail, roadrunners or black bears!