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“A little bit of wilderness in the middle of a city”

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
Ranked #60 of 172 things to do in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Trail # 1 has it all - gentle, flat, wide trails through the woods, lovely views of the lake and countryside, strenuous climb down and back up on rock stairs built in the 1930's. The old homestead house is still there, boarded up. Would have been nice to have a historical marker sharing the story of the property - who built the house, their role in the community, how city of Branson became owner of the property, etc, etc. . .

5  Thank WinchesterCouple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

My husband and I did some geo-caching in this park. Trial #1 is very strenuous with a lot of stair climbing but well worth it! If you continue to walk past the grotto where the trail ends, you will not be disappointed as there are 2 caves you can explore. Trail #2 is an easier walk yet still very beautiful!

5  Thank Jeana C
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

Recently my husband and I visited Branson. We found this trail at Lakeside Forest Wilderness on Fall Creek Road. We took trail #1. We saw some beautiful views. The trail starts off easy walking. Then you come upon 300 some stone steps that the original owner, Mr. Owen laid to go below his home. Wow! Going down the steps is the easy part. And then the trail takes you along a ledge to a waterfall that is flowing after a rain. Do not stop walking at this point. Go ahead and walk down the wooden steps and find your way back up to the trail. It will keep going past some very small caves and water dripping off the ledges. My husband and I stopped at a point where a huge rock formation had fallen off the side and was holding itself up. But we truly think that if we had gone around it some way, that the trail carries on and at the end of it is a cave. We turned back around, and the trip back up the steps was a good workout, but well worth it. We walked around where the owners home is. The windows and doors are boarded up, but it is a neat place to see. As we looked across Lake Taneycomo in the bean field accross the way were about 6 deer feeding. Very beautiful. Very peaceful. We maybe saw four total people on the whole trail. If back in Branson, we will for sure be hiking on this trail again.

8  Thank gmwhynot
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

Although we've been to Branson numerous times, we didn't find this beautiful walking trail until this past May. We went right before we had to get to a show, so we didn't get to walk the entire trail, but what we did walk was beautiful! It is unbelievable that it is right in the middle of Branson and you miss it! It proves you are in the Ozarks, and there is still beauty hidden in those hills!
This trail is located about 1 1/2 blocks South of Hwy 76 on Fall Creek Road. There will be a "Lake Forest Wilderness" sign in the small gravel parking lot on the East side of the road. There are two trails. One trail is an easy walk, and will circle back around to the parking lot. The other, goes down some rock steps that were built many, many years ago by the previous owner and lead down to Tanecomo. During the wet season, you may be blessed with a view of a waterfall. There is also a cave to explore.
I would suggest good walking shoes and some water if you venture the more adventurous trail. Be advised that most of the stairs do not have rails, and sometimes there is nothing on either side of the stairs to hold on to. They are made of rock from the mountain. Going down isn't too bad, but coming up will test you - even if you are in shape. Just take it slow, and enjoy the scenery!
The trail is gorgeous! You can see the lake, and it has many, many opportunities for beautiful pictures. My daughter just became engaged, and we took some of her engagement pictures while on our walk! Wow!
There is an old stone house on the property you will see as you begin your walk. It was built by the original owner back in 1911. The City of Branson evidently recently acquired this property, has just began clearing it and turning it into a park. I understand groups like the Boy Scouts have been helping. They still have more to do (signage, etc), but it is beautiful right now, and definately worth your time. I understand the wildflowers were planted by the original owner's mother, and they are lovely when in bloom! I only gave the park 4 stars, but I think with some additional work, it will definately be a 5-star attraction in Branson.
My son & daughter-in-law walked this trail in June, and they said they really enjoyed it, but wished they had brought along some bug spray because of the ticks. So - remember you ARE in the wild, even though you are in the middle of Branson!
Go - enjoy Branson's beautiful nature without even leaving town!

13  Thank Okiegal59
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Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile
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