Explore the most popular forest trails near Branson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

awesome trails. nothing to hard. great views from the top of the water fall. unfortunately no water this time.

hiking
9 days ago

This was a pleasant surprise for being in the middle of Branson! The scenery and difficulty took us by surprise! The terrain is definitely rough on most parts of the trail, but not unmanageable. The waterfall is a must see, even when dry. There’s tons of little trails to explore and places to climb. Lots of neat rock fixtures. Negatives: The Rock Bluff Trail, or whatever it’s called is not easy at all. I don’t suggest taking it if you don’t have good footing. My friend slip and cut her knee. Also, the trails are confusing and poorly marked. They’re only marked when you cross paths with another trail. At some points, the actual physical trail doesn’t really look much like a trail anymore.

Great trail!! Could use better markings!

Amazing trail! There is something for everyone here. The yellow and green trails are on the easy side and well marked. The red trail was also well marked, but moderate. I had trouble finding the Tanycomo trail which is more difficult, but it was worth the search when we found it. In late June there was no water on the falls, but still so beautiful and cool in the early morning.

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!!!

Very nice hike with my 15 and 11 year old kiddos. Took the trail to the grotto and cave, very unique and certainly worth a couple of hours.

My husband and I, along with our 9 year old son, hiked this trail in about 2 hours. Taking numerous stops to admire various beauties of nature, especially the Owen's homestead.

hiking
1 month 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).

Difficult and hot trail, but great views!

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.

Awesome trail - great for our family. Loved the caves, steps and wildlife. The grotto was definitely the highlight!

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

Awesome trail. Be in shape if you walk the cliff trail. Great scenery, take pictures.

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.

I’ve been to Branson many times, but this jewel of a trail is hidden in plain sight. Amazingly, it’s just south of 76 at Falls Creek Rd. I’m too embarrassed to say how many times I’ve passed the parking lot without noticing the trailhead. A must stop for all hikers from beginners to old trail hounds like me. Most of the trails are easy to moderate. Very few difficult areas unless you are terribly out of shape.

I love this trail, and you'd never know it's right off the busy Branson strip. I went on a cooler July day, and there were flowers, all sorts of

Caves were a great touch. Well marked, with good inclines. Great access from Branson.

Not marked very well, but a great hike. Wanted to see the waterfall, but it was dry.

hiking
3 months ago

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

So glad we went on this trail. Views were beautiful and the caves were really amazing! I would have given it 5 stars but the trails are not marked well at all! We went off a trail and didn’t realize it for quite some time!

Enjoyable hike, several trails to choose from.

Trailer is marked very well and was a great height

hiking
4 months ago

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

trail running
4 months ago

It’s a short, semi-technical trail that makes for a fun run in town. Some of the back trails are single track, but the highly trafficked areas are wide and even. I’d rate it higher but there’s no access to the lake.

Our family has done this trail several times. It is our favorite in the area. It is challenging but well worth it.

Very impressed considering it was RIGHT OFF the strip. Felt secluded for the most part but we went during the week. Caves are cool and some climbing, scrambling was possible in a bunch of spots. It was way better than expected you can’t go wrong here since it’s not far off the beaten path and as accessible as you can get

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.

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

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!!

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