Trails and Parks

Branson, being the outdoor paradise that it is, offers many trails for hiking and biking.  If you are looking for a leisurely walk through the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Henning Conservation Area may be just the place for you.  Located off Highway 76 heading west towards Silver Dollar City, it’s a beautiful trail where you can see nature unfolding right before your very eyes!  A relatively new trail system has opened up that takes you along the shore of Table Rock Lake around the Dewey Short Visitors’ Center and meanders toward the Showboat Branson Belle.  There are several trails nestled in the city limits of Branson that give you beautiful views of everything from Lake Taneycomo to waterfalls.  The City of Branson’s Parks & Recreation website has a list of all city trails.

The City of Branson has many parks perfect for a picnic or basking in the Ozarks sunshine.  City park facilities range in amenities from playgrounds to tennis courts.  For a list of city parks click here.  There are also several parks along Table Rock Lake.  One area great to have a picnic along the lake is located at the Dewey Short Visitors Center. 

Picnic Tips

  • The Branson / Lakes area is beautiful!  You can help to take good care of our public spaces so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:
  • Don't Litter. Take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.
  • Make sure that you are using the correct type of cooking equipment permitted in that area. Check with your park ahead of time for seasonal fire or camp stove restrictions that may be in place.   May parks in the Branson area will have BBQ pits available for your use.
  • Don't picnic in areas where you are not permitted. These areas have been declared "off limits" to picnickers to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.
  • Please do not bring wood for campfires or cooking from other areas.  It is important to only use wood from the Branson area so unfamiliar creatures are not introduced into our habitat.
  • Please be friendly to others in the area, especially park rangers!