Hennings Wildlife Refuge Loop via Glade Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

Hennings Wildlife Refuge Loop via Glade Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Branson, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

5.5 miles
820 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



partially paved


wild flowers


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

trail running
1 month ago

I’ve reviewed this trail in the past but I wanted to do so again. I ran the trails today and was impressed to see that all the leaves have been raked or blown off the trail. Seeing how many rocks on this trail can make the risk of mechanical injuries quite high if you’re not careful it was a real blessing to be able to see the trail so well. I don’t know who’s doing the maintenance or who’s paying for it but I want to say thanks to those who are doing it.

2 months ago

Great trail to see fall colors, neat little waterfall off of trail. Mileage was pretty accurate.

2 months ago

This is an asphalt covered trail that is not 5.5 miles as advertised, but rather a short .5 miles long. There is a lookout tower about halfway up the loop that gives you a great 360 degree view of the area.

3 months ago

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
5 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.

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!!!

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

Trailer is marked very well and was a great height

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

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

Saturday, September 09, 2017

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

Saturday, September 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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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Monday, June 19, 2017

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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 hike.....flowers 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.

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