If you are a neophyte hiker who wants to enjoy a fantastic hiking activity in a flat, moderate trail, you can find great Branson outdoors that have hiking trails suitable for beginners. So get ready to grab your most comfy pair of tennis shoes and explore Branson outdoors that offer fantastic trails. Whether you just want a simple day hike, energize yourself with a nice bike ride or enjoy a leisurely horseback ride adventure, Branson is the place to go as it features more than 200 miles of easily accessible public trails that offer ample options for outdoor fun.
Before you start any outdoor adventure in Branson, be sure you are appropriately dressed, have the proper gear and ensure you’ve got plenty of water – taking more than you think you’ll need is not a bad idea. And don’t forget to bring bug repellant and sunscreen as bug bites and sun burns can ruin your otherwise enjoyable outdoor adventure in Branson. Some of popular outdoor venues in the Ozarks that are easily accessible include the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area and the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.
Located west of Branson, the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area is mostly forested, but is home to some 5 terrific trails that include Dewey Bald, Glade Exploration, Steamside, Shane’s Shortcut, and Homesteaders that course through the heavily- forested areas of the vast land. The Dewey Bald Trail can easily be accessed upon reaching the parking lot of the conservation area. This is the first trail that hikers can reach. Stretching only 0.4 mile in length, this paved uphill trail is ideal for beginners and will lead to a 40-foot observation tower that offers a panoramic view of Branson’s landscape.
Glade Exploration Trail spans 1.1 mile and offers easy and moderate hike. The Steamside Trail which stretches only 0.4 mile also features easy and moderate trail to hike. The Shane’s Shortcut Trail which has a length also of 0.4 mile is a bit more difficult to hike. The Homesteader’s Trail is the most difficult trail and the longest to hike as it stretches 3.4 miles long with a hiking time of 3 hours. A hiking adventure at the Henning Conservation Area will let you encounter Roark Creek which covers 1,100 acres of forest, a great place for bird-watching and designated as an Important Bird Area.
Another great place to experience outdoor fun is the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, about a 40-minute drive from downtown Branson. Dogwood Canyon offers many things for outdoor enthusiasts, including hiking, mountain biking, or even horse-back riding. Overall, Dogwood Canyon covers an area of about 10,000 acres, so there’s plenty of room for every adventurer to roam and relax. No matter what fun activity you choose, you are sure to enjoy the park’s beautiful natural scenery, waterfalls, stone bridges, and crystal clear waters filled with brown and rainbow trout.
Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park offer hiking trails that are ideal for beginners.
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