The White River Valley Trail System is one of the best places in the Ozarks that offers a great outdoor adventure in Branson. As one of the best trails in Branson, this trail system provides a challenging and enjoyable experience for hikers and mountain bikers in a rugged and scenic area of Missouri. Located near Table Rock State Park and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the trail mainly covers land that was used during the construction of Table Rock Dam on the White River in the 1950s.
The trail system includes many scenic areas such as small waterfalls, views of Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo including an abandoned farmstead. The rugged land around the trail system has elevations ranging from 710 feet to nearly 1,200 feet above sea level. The natural communities along the trail system has a moist bottomland woodland along Lake Taneycomo and dry dolomite glades on the higher areas. This unique outdoor adventure in Branson can be enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers on the four loops of the trail system that include the Red Loop, Blue Loop, Green Loop, and Orange Loop.
The Red Loop on this trail system is the most technically challenging loop and contains a number of obstacles for the experience hiker or cyclist. There is a notice about the obstacle areas along the main trail and you should not try it if you aren’t sure of your skill level. This loop runs through upland and woodland and creek bottom areas with easy hike for about 120 feet. Along the trail you will find a lot of exposed dolomite rock. At the north end of the loop, you will find a filtration pond that contains silt from the dam construction era.
The longest loop and the most diverse loop for nature among the trails is the Blue Loop. Some sections of this loop run along Lake Taneycomo before climbing to the glades of Baird Hill with an elevation of nearly 400 feet. The loop with the highest elevation point on the trail system at nearly 1,200 feet is the Green Loop. This loop runs through glade, grassland and wooded areas and has great views of the surrounding area. This loop is accessible from the trailhead at Trophy Run Road or from white connector 5 on the north side of the loop.
The shortest loop with an elevation of only about 110 feet is the Orange Loop. This loop meanders through some small waterfalls on Baird Mountain Creek. Orange Loop can be accessed only by white connectors 4 and 5. White connector 4 comes from the Blue Loop to the north, while White Connector 5 goes through the south of the Orange Loop and connects to the Green Loop. White Connector 5 takes trail users through an old farmstead area before it merges into the Green Loop.
So, if you want to enjoy a great outdoor adventure in Branson, try an enjoyable hiking or mountain biking experience at The White River Valley Trail System.
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