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Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

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Great for a short hike with a view

Just off the music district in Branson MO. Various loops and a few out and back sections... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sunrise Beach, Missouri
Beautiful and Free!

With two boys under 8, we hiked the yellow (leads to homestead, views, and picnic tables), the... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2019
Lindsey C
Indianapolis, Indiana
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412 Owen Lane, Off Fall Creek Road, 2 Blocks South of Highway 76, Near Dixie Stampede, Entrance on Left, Branson, MO
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Just off the music district in Branson MO. Various loops and a few out and back sections. Waterfall, grotto, old homestead, rock walls, nice views of Lake Taneycomo. Lots of park benches even a porch swing set up to rest. Someone constructed a stone stairway...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed March 26, 2019 via mobile

With two boys under 8, we hiked the yellow (leads to homestead, views, and picnic tables), the green trail (around the homestead) the blue (steps galore but my 4yo managed just fine with a hand), and then part of the Taneycomo trail (purple) to see...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lindsey C
Reviewed January 30, 2019

Learned today to not always trust the trailhead map. It showed a connector trail so we would not have to climb 315 Stone stairs that are 100 years old. Welp that didn't work out so well! Got to the bottom and trail ended and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bigdawgtraveler
Reviewed December 31, 2018

This is a great place to walk but be sure and wear comfortable hiking boots there is ALOT of steps to climb. The view is amazing and there is plenty of places to take pictures. I have actually taken engagement pictures for some people back...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank foodiemom123
Reviewed November 12, 2018

You will have a chance to walk on one of two paved paths through the woods of Branson. You might see all kinds of wildlife. Take your whole family, even strollers. Also, take your camera. Best of all . . . its FREE!!!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jim R
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We enjoyed this trail although strenuous for some due to stairs in one area and uneven ground. Easy to park right of Falls Creek Road in parking area.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Sharon M
Reviewed October 12, 2018

The hike along the bluff above the lake was amazing. The trail was narrow and challenging in a few places, but you got up close and personal with the bluff and the effects of nature over thousands of years.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PhaseIII
Reviewed October 8, 2018

They basically have two trails which you can take for a hike. The longer trail allow you the opportunity to walk down a BUNCH of steps to Lake Taneycomo. If you're quiet, you will probably see some wildlife.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jamesrudd
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We love to hike so we were thrilled to find this Wilderness. We hiked while the rest of our party Antiqued shopped. Beautiful bluffs overlooking the lake. A local showed us an unmarked path to the caves that we had not seen our first loop...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shelia2011
Reviewed October 2, 2018

A short sometimes up and down hike with great views and interesting signage about the local history. If you're tired of the Branson kitsch, decompress and take this picturesque 1.5 hour walk.

Date of experience: March 2018
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September 15, 2017|
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Response from Heather S |
There is a small parking area by the trailhead, with picnic tables and restrooms.
Marcia H
August 27, 2017|
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May 2, 2017|
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Response from Renaissance_Junkie |
Yes there is at the trailhead.