Branson, Missouri Trails

When it comes to enjoying the natural beauty of the Ozarks during your Branson vacation, Trophy Run truly stands alone by providing elegance in a natural setting. In addition to scenic, lakeside property where our cabins are located, there are also numerous hiking trails in the area featuring miles of unique ecosystems, wildlife and challenging terrain. Many of these trails are located in Trophy Run’s backyard. Use this section of our website to explore walking paths, bike trails and hiking trails. From city parks to state forests, Trophy Run will help find the trail that’s best for you.

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Trails

White River Corridor Trail is located at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson Missouri, on Hatchery Road off of Highway 165, below Table Rock Dam and just down the road from Trophy Run. This trail is four-tenths of a mile and follows the shoreline of Lake Taneycomo and connects with Canebrake Trail. This trail offers a visitors a chance to wander through shady bottomland forest, providing hikers with stunning views and access to upper Lake Taneycomo. While walking look for great blue heron, deer and box turtles. Parking is available at the pavilion parking lot or the parking lot on Belladonna Road.  The hatchery is open daily during the months of September through June from 9am to 5pm and Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9am to 6pm.

Canebrake Trail is also located on the hatchery property. Less than half a mile in length, it offers hikers a route through the hatchery’s forested areas. Enjoy views of the sparking blue waters of Taneycomo from the trail. Winding, wooden bridges make for an interesting walk on Canebrake Trail. Canebrake connects with White River Corridor Trail.

Fisherman’s Trail is located by the boat ramp on Belladonna Road on the hatchery property. Parking is available at the boat ramp. Fisherman’s Trail is a short path, only four-tenths of a mile, and provides access to great fishing holes. Visitors can fish for the rainbow and brown trout that are raised in the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery then released into Lake Taneycomo as well as enjoy breeze from the lake .

White River Bluffs Trail is also located within the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery property, across from the trail parking lot where Canebrake Trail begins and White River Corridor ends on Belladonna Road. This trail is a 1.6 mile loop, and it offers a more challenging hike on a dirt/gravel path with some gain in elevation. The White River Bluffs Trail showcases limestone bluffs and offers views of forested areas and glades.

Trail Location

Be sure to take time to visit the Shepherd of the Hills fish hatchery and conservation center while here. You can enjoy a tour of the hatchery, educational exhibits, live animals on display and friendly staff ready to answer your questions. Trail parking is available at the pavilion and at the parking lot on Belladonna Road.

Address: 483 Hatchery Road Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, hiking.
Trail Length:  .4 miles to 1.6 miles depending on trail • Dirt and gravel, easy to moderate.

Click here to view the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Trails map

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

A perfect walk in the woods for almost any level of hiker, The Table Rock Lakeshore Trail hugs the banks of beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. Guests can access the trail in three places, all within a 5 minute drive of Trophy Run on Highway 165. The Table Rock Lakeshore Trail is a 2.2 mile stretch from The Dewey Short Visitor Center to the Table Rock State Park Marina, or the reverse. Visitors may access the trail at The Dewey Short Visitor Center, The Showboat Branson Belle (check operating hours), Table Rock State Park or the Table Rock State Park Marina. Please be aware that this trail does not loop. Restrooms are available at each trailhead.

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail offers hikers an easy walk, jog or bike ride on a mostly paved surface. Visitors will experience stunning views of Table Rock Lake, native Ozarks trees such as mulberry and persimmon and a chance to see wildlife. Visitors can stop at several places along the trail to relax or even take a dip in Table Rock Lake. Don’t miss the Dewey Short Visitor Center, where you can enjoy learning about Table Rock Dam and the lake. Admission is free!

Trail Location

Dewey Short Visitor Center, Showboat Branson Belle, Table Rock State Park and Table Rock State Park Marina, all located on MO state highway 165 in Branson, Missouri

Address: 4600 Missouri 165, Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, hiking, biking.
Trail Length: 2.2 miles • Trail type: Non-loop, paved. Easy.

Click here to view the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail map

White River Valley Trails

This trail system is challenging, fun and located just down the road from Trophy Run on Highway 165. Trails are open to hiking or mountain biking. Parking is available at the main trailhead, located near the entrance to Showboat Branson Belle on the north side of Highway 165, the Green Loop trailhead on Trophy Run Road or the Blue loop trailhead located down the hill from the scenic overlook of Table Rock Dam. There are over 10 miles of rugged trail with multiple connectors associated with this system, so using a trail map is recommended. Whether you’re looking to get some mud on the mountain bike or simply tred through the beautiful ozark forest, White River Valley Trails are perfect for you.

Red Loop 2.9miles

Blue Loop 3.5 miles

Orange Loop .70 mile

Green Loop 1.35 miles

Trail Location

Three trailhead access points both located on MO state highway 165 in Branson, Missouri. Main trailhead is on the north side of the road near the entrance to the Showboat Branson Belle. Green Loop trailhead is located on Trophy Run Road. Blue Loop trailhead is located down the access road at the scenic overlook for Table Rock Dam.

Address: Missouri 165, Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, hiking, biking.
Trail Length: Varied • Trail type: Loops, gravel and dirt, moderate to difficult.

Click here to view the White River Valley Trails map

Chinquapin Trail

Trophy Run is proud to have the Table Rock State Park for a neighbor. Located just across Highway 165 from us, they offer picnic areas, camping, a full-service marina and hiking. The Chinquapin trail is 1.5 miles in length and gives guests a tour of the natural beauty of the park. The trailhead is located across the road from the picnic area within the park.

Trail Location

Two trailhead access points both located on MO state highway 165 in Branson, Missouri. Main trailhead is on the north side of the road near the entrance to the Showboat Branson Belle. Blue Loop trailhead is located down the access road at the scenic overlook for Table Rock Dam.

Address: 5272 State Highway 165, Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, hiking.
Trail Length: 1.5 miles • Gravel and dirt, easy.

Click here to view the Chinquapin Trail map

Waterfall Trail

This trailhead is near the intersection of Roark Valley Road and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, MO. Look for the trailhead just behind the guard station to Westgate Resort. At only eight-tenths of a mile, it is still a fairly difficult walk  due to the climb to reach the waterfalls at the top. The trail takes hikers through open grassy areas and forests while staying near a steam. The trail crosses the stream three times.  The waterfall at the end of the trail is a lovely sight and worth the trip to most hikers.

Trail Location

Trailhead location: Branson, Missouri near intersection of Roark Valley Road and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, near entrance to Westgate Resort

Address: 2201 Roark Valley Road Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, hiking.
Trail Length: .8 miles • Dirt and gravel, moderate.

Click here to view the Waterfall Trail map

Branson RecPlex Trails

The Branson RecPlex, on Branson Hills Parkway is a great place to get in some exercise during your Branson vacation. The paved trails are a great place for a leisurely walk, a jog or a bike ride with the kids. Be sure to stop at the playground for some extra fun. There are two trails, a .45 mile loop around the softball fields and a 1.02 mile loop around the perimeter of the entire complex.

Trail Location

Trailhead location: Branson Hills Parkway in Branson, MO

Address: 1500 Branson Hills Parkway Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, running, biking
Trail Length: .45 mile or 1.02 miles • Paved, easy.

Click here to view the RecPlex Trails map

Lakeside Forest Trails

Located on Fall Creek Road in Branson, MO, Lakeside Forest Area includes several different trails to get residents and visitors alike out and enjoying the scenic beauty of Branson. The Bluff Trail includes a section of 315 stone steps which are very steep. Use extreme caution. The Lakeside Forest Trails will take hikers through upland forest, bottomland forest, glade areas and even small caves and waterfalls giving visitors the best of an ozarks wilderness experience without leaving town.

Trail Location

Trailhead location: Near the intersection of Highway 76 and Fall Creek Road in Branson, MO

AddressFall Creek Rd, Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Hiking
Trail Length: Varies depending on trail • Gravel, stone and dirt, moderate to difficult.

Click here to view the Lakeside Forest Trails map

Stockstill Park Trails

Stockstill Park is a pretty city park located on James F. Epps Road in Branson, MO. You’ll find baseball fields, a playground, tennis courts, a skate park, a new dog park, picnic pavilions and great walking paths at Stockstill Park. Roark Creek runs through the property providing lovely scenery and a place for the kids to catch crawdads. Stockstill features a 1/2 mile loop trail around the ball fields and a 1 mile trail that leads to the roundabout in downtown Branson. The trails are paved, level and perfect for a stroll.

Trail Location

Trailhead location: Stockstill Park on James F. Epps Road in Branson, MO

Address: James F. Epps Rd, Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, biking
Trail Length: A 1/2 mile loop and a 1 mile trail • Paved, easy.

Click here to view the Stockstill Park Trails map

North Beach Park

North Beach Park is located in downtown Branson. While not a great trail for those seeking solitude, it’s perfect for anyone looking to get a brisk walk or run. Access are parking are located at the northern most parking lot for the Branson Landing, on the Belk end. The paved path connects to the boardwalk path, taking walkers 3/4 of a mile along the banks of cool Taneycomo and past great shopping and dining at Branson Landing. North Beach Park features big, beautiful cottonwood trees, a couple of fishing docks and picnic tables.

Trail Location

Trailhead location: North Beach Park on Branson Landing Blvd in Branson, MO

Address: Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616
Activity type: Walking, biking, jogging
Trail Length: 3/4 mile • Paved, easy.

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

If you are looking for a challenging hike in some of the prettiest parts of Branson, then look no further than the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. This area and all those that follow in this section of the article are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. There are several trails and two trailhead parking lots.

Glade Exploration Trail, Shane’s Shortcut, Dewey Bald Trail and Streamside Trail can be accessed from the Henning parking lot on West Highway 76. These trails range in length from .30 to 1.10 miles. Hikers will experience forested hillsides and glades (also called balds). These glades are rocky hilltops that provide habitat for unique plants and animals like prickly pear cactus and collared lizards, so be sure to look carefully. These trails are rated moderate to difficult.

Homesteaders Trail can be accessed from the Henning parking lot on Sycamore Log Church Road, off Highway 248 in Branson. This loop trail is 3.4 miles in length and rated difficult. Homesteaders Trail can also be accessed via Shane’s Shortcut which connects it to the trails listed above. Homesteaders Trail offers hikers a glimpse into life in the hills, when settlers lived and worked in the area in the mid 1800s to early 1900s. Evidence of these early homesteads such as rock walls and wells are scattered along the trail. Points of interest are marked and interpreted in a brochure that can sometimes be found in a box at the trailhead.

Trail Location

Trailhead locations: Parking lot on West Highway 76, toward Silver Dollar City and parking lot on Sycamore Log Church Road, off Highway 248 in Branson, MO

Activity type: Hiking
Trail Length: .30 – 3.4 miles depending on trail • Rugged earth and stone, difficult.

Click here to view the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area Trail map

Boston Ferry Conservation Area

Boston Ferry contains only one short trail, but should not be overlooked for a beautiful nature experience. Formerly a road leading to a ferry which crossed the White River,  The Old Boston Ferry Ridge Road is now a hiking trail, .50 mile in length. This trail begins in a dry, forested hill top and descends into a lush bottomland forest. Hikers can find abundant wildflowers in the spring such as wake robin and bird-footed violets. Listen for a wet weather stream bubbling through the woods as you walk.

Trail Location

Trailhead locations: From Highway 465/Highway 65 intersection, on the north side of Branson, travel south on the East Outer Road 1.3 miles to Rinehart Road, then southeast 0.2 mile, turn east to remain on Rinehart Road, then east 0.6 mile to Shary View Rd., then north 0.7 mile to parking area on south side of Shary View Rd.

Activity type: Hiking
Trail Length: .5 mile • Dirt and stone, moderate.

Click here to view the Boston Ferry Conservation Area Trail map

Drury-Mincy Conservation Area

Drury-Mincy Conservation Area is a short drive from Branson, MO and offers hikers many acres of ozarks exploration. Drury-Mincy was the Conservation Department’s first deer refuge and played an important part in restoring Missouri’s deer population to what it is today. There are only two official hiking trails on the property, but many access roads and access trails provide guests with lots ground to cover. Be sure to look at area map. Drury-Mincy features glades, savannas, forests, steams, a cave and historical structures such as the Bee Creek Schoolhouse.

Bear Cave Trail is 1.50 miles in length

Thurman’s Sink Trail is .30 mile in length

Trail Location

Trailhead locations: From Branson, take Highway 76 east 5 miles, then Route J south 6 miles, and County Road J40 .75 mile

Activity type: Hiking
Trail Length: Varies • Dirt and stone, moderate to difficult.

Click here to view the Drury-Mincy Conservation Area Trail map

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area

Outdoor enthusiasts will find the short trip to Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area worth the drive. Busiek features forest, prairie and glade habitats, a pristine creek, a shooting range and even a graveyard. Hikers will enjoy the variety and challenge of the rugged trails. Be aware that some of the trails cross the creek a time or two, so a change of shoes and socks might be handy. Look for interesting wildlife such as wild turkeys or pygmy rattlesnakes and flowers like trout lily and wild sweet william.

West Trail System contains 8 miles of trails featuring lovely ozark forests and glades.

East Trail System contains 10 miles of trails featuring lush bottomland forests and dry upland forest. These trails cross paths with a crystal-clear creek several times.

Trail Location

Trailhead location: 16.5 miles north of Branson on Highway 65

Activity type: Hiking, biking and horseback riding
Trail Length: Varies • Dirt, gravel and stone, moderate to difficult.

Click here to view the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area Trail map