We really enjoyed the trail! Saw some deer at several places.
I would recommend paying attention to the posted signs of when the gates back to the highway are closed. we were about 10 minutes late getting back to the car - thankfully, the crew waited on us. I'm not sure how long they would have waited however...

trail running
2 months ago

Fairly precarious for trail running with lots of rocks and tree roots to navigate. Well maintained but a couple of fallen trees across the trail that were easy enough to go over or around. I’d give 5-stars for hiking and 4 for trail running.

FYI- After you park you must walk across the creek bed/across the bridge to the other side to begin the trail. There were cars in front of the signs alerting me to the fact that the trail started on the other side of the bridge so I took a small trail to nowhere for 20 minutes before I realized I wasn’t on the right one. This is such a beautiful location. Very rocky so be sure footed.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun for young kids. Had to carry a cobweb stick much of the way. Wouldn't be a bad idea to let some other hikers "clear" the way for you. Nice creek to splash around in at the beginning/end.

According to my 8 year old, "This isn't a trail, this is an adventure." We started at the trail head off of 76, made it to the Homestead Loop and then turned back. We will return to do the big loop for sure!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is more moderate than easy, due to the rocks mainly. My husband and I, along with our 9 year old son, completed this hike in about an hour and half. Had a little scare when we had to maneuver around a rattlesnake but overall it was a great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

My husband and I, along with our 9 year old son, hiked the 3.4 Homesteaders Trail in about 2 hours. We took our time and stopped to look at different trees, the wells and other various beauties of nature. Unfortunately the little creek was dried up. Trail was rocky, various hills and had a couple of clearings. Wildlife including: squirrels, wild turkey and deer (fawn also).

We entered at the north trail head, off of Sycamore church road. Enjoyed the trail. It was very well marked along the trail itself. That being said it seemed a little silly to have the big conservation sign at the head of a trail, that dead ends. It was misleading, we actually started down this trail at first. There was a smaller sign explaining that the actual trail head was on the other side of the bridge. No big deal, it can just mislead you if your not paying attention. I would definitely recommend this trail for a nice 2 or 3 hour day hike.

Great hike with nicely kept trails! Lots of interesting foliage to see!

Spent almost 2 hours hiking with a grandad, a adults and 2 tweens. Enjoyed the terrain and flora. Very different than what we’re accustomed to in the northeast.

Nice easy trail, although watch out for roots and rock.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a well marked trail and very relaxing; however, it wasn’t a moderate difficulty it was closer to an easy.

Trailer is marked very well and was a great height

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty scenery and the trail is easy to follow. Good parking.

Would actually call this a moderate trail. Easy in some sections more challenging in others . Great trail !!! Saw about 12 others and 2 dogs on trail today!!

Beautiful trail, upkeep is very good. Rock features are outstanding along the route. Easy to get to and great nature feel even though it's right off a busy highway in the middle of Branson. You'd never know it while on the trail.

10 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail! I recently got into hiking & it has became a new lifestyle that I’m loving.

10 months ago

Did this trail today and loved it. One of my favorites in the Branson area so far. Some ups and downs little water in the fall- being a native to Branson, I’m sure that in the spring , the water is plentiful. Being so close to tourism still heard some noise but there was a section of the 3.5 that all I heard was nature. True that it’s a moderate trail and has 14 numbered markers telling about the old homestead along the trail. Be sure to check the registry box at the trailhead for your Homestead guide. Wish there were camping on this trail!!

Lovely walk in the woods. Just what we were looking for

backpacking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nice trail and definitely can tell fall is on the way. I did Homestead trail and the Glad's trial joined together by Shane's shortcut and the stream side trail. This was 5.6 miles and a nice hike.

Enjoyable walk on a rugged/rocky trail that provided nice views.

Nice hike close to Branson. The terrain was rocky for the most part. The sounds of nature was partially interfered by the sounds of cars on the nearby highway. The landscape had a mix of the expected Ozark country interrupted by the sites of buildings from Branson. Fortunately, there are periods where you feel you left the city and made it into the country side.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

trail running
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Trail was awesome! Definitely a moderate trail. Great views. Next time I run I'll go to right for a different perspective. And I will run it again!

I hiked in from Treasure Island Resort Trailhead, so I only hiked the Homestead Trail (orange).
It was an awesome workout, but this trail is not easy. It has a lot of roots, rocks, inclines, and declines.
One of my favorite trails.

I did hike all the sections (4), the first section of the trail you can call easy, but for the most part, this trail has a lot of roots and rocks. Long inclines and declines.
Tree coverage, peaceful, a few people, but not too many.
I was challenged because I was expecting easy; it's more moderate to hard, so it took longer than I expected.
Trails are well marked.

Link to download map:
http://mdc7.mdc.mo.gov/applications/moatlas/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=8208#TrailResults

Easy beautiful wide path . Homesteads , wells , creeks and crevices , right outside of town , one of my favorite trails to run !

a beautiful clean trail. gorgeous view!

Great hike! Very scenic views.

Nice mellow hike, good for kids.
You get to walk on some cool rock formations.

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