Glade Exploration Trail; Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

EASY 75 reviews

Glade Exploration Trail; Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Branson, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
196 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Glade Exploration Trail is mostly forest, with a few scenic glades, views of Branson, and some flora and fauna.

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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

11 months ago

a beautiful clean trail. gorgeous view!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Great hike! Very scenic views.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nov 10 saw no water but enjoyed a nice walk. Considerable amount of uneven footing. Several steps up and down. Very rocky

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Easy may be a little misleading as a descriptor for this trail. You will definitely want to wear good close toe shoes and an optional hiking stick will be useful in areas where the trail has a rugged descent. I'm glad I hiked the trail because the overlooks offer fantastic views.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Great trail to do on the fly with kids. Connected to other trails that offer more of a challenge.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Flowers are blooming

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Nice along the trail are staring to bloom.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

easy quick trail

Monday, April 18, 2016

I enjoy "billy goat" running on this trail. Very sunny & rocky in places, but beautiful scenery.

Monday, April 11, 2016

We did the smaller Glade trail which is a 1.7 mile loop. A very good trail. There wasn't too much wildlife or plant life to look at, so I would recommend doing it late spring or summer. Terrain is pretty easy and the trail offers a couple of overlook points into the valley. Overall a nice hour hike.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Had a lot of fun. wore the kids out n very beautiful scenery.

Monday, April 04, 2016

This was a very nice short trail. Mostly you are traveling a wet weather creek bed most of the trail, so there are exposed roots and lots of amazing rock, but watch your footing. Beautiful views. Close to inspiration tower so it is easy to locate. The trail was fairly easy, but it did get my heart rate up on the way back up.

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