Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, MO

Shepherd of the Hills5586 W Highway 76Branson, MO 65616
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Overview

A colossal 230-foot structure situated in The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, the Inspiration Tower is a must-see attraction for visitors to Branson, open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tower contains two glass elevators, an enclosed observation deck, a gift shop, and a snack bar. Guests can also enjoy panoramic views of the area as far as 90 miles away on clear days.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • 230' High with 360 degree views.
  • On a clear day, you can see over 90 miles.
  • Vigilante ZipRider departs from top of Inspiration Tower.
  • Vigilante ZipRider departs from top of Inspiration Tower.
  • Located at Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead.
  • Built in 1989 to commemorate 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright's Shepherd of the Hills novel.

Description

from Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower
Inspiration Tower sits atop one of the highest points in Southwest Missouri. Visitors travel 230' up in a glass elevator to step out into a commanding 360-degree view ranging from the splendor of the Ozark Hills, all of Branson and even as far as the Arkansas ridge of hills.

During the holidays the Tower is transformed into the area's largest Christmas tree, which acts as the stunning finale to the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

Don't miss this historic landmark!

Tower hours of operations are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm throughout the year and is open every day weather permitting.

Tripster Customer Reviews

9 Reviews
Mike Gile
1 Review
"Fun"
May 2018
Me n my family had a blast coming back again in July 8 2018 to see show again
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Tip: Fun n safe

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Annette Donlon
1 Review
"Disappointed!"
August 2016
Had tickets for the tower and stopped to enjoy the view on our way out of town. There was a car show going on, and we were stopped going to the parking lot by a man who said we had to pay $13.00 even though we already had tickets for the tower and had no intention of going to the car show. I suggested that he double check since he was obviously not in charge. He walked away and came back only to confirm that we would indeed have to pay the money. Now, we have a classic car and the participants pay to show their vehicles but people coming to see the cars do not so I found that part shocking anyway, but was quite upset that those people were so insistent that we pay again. We did not pay and did not see the tower. Seems like everyone wants to milk the tourists.
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Kerri Bingaman
Conway, AR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Scary but fun"
June 2016
My daughter doesn't like heights but this was very fun and it was thrilling. :3
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Tip: 1. They have ziplines too. 2. It is very thrilling.

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Tripster Customer
Healdton, OK
2 Reviews
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"What a treat!"
April 2016
We visited the Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower this weekend and it was truly a treat. The view is breath-taking! We were even able to watch a couple of people zip-line from the top. This is an inexpensive attraction and well worth your time.
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Monica Dreiling
Hays, KS
18 Reviews
"Worth the stop!"
February 2016
We really enjoyed seeing Branson from above. A short elevator ride takes you to the top. Try it at night and during the day!
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Tip: Remember to take some quarters so that you can look through the "view finders".

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leeann gonzales
houston, TX
5 Reviews
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"Beautiful views"
March 2015
We visited the tower on our last day in Branson, and I couldnt think of a better ending to our trip. The views are spectacular! Make sure to take quarters with you for the machines, we didnt think about it and the change machine was out of order! Kind of a bummer, but the scenery really made up for it!
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Martin M.
Orwell, OH
7 Reviews
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"Best View in Branson!"
February 2015
What a view! Watch the zipriders take off from the tower.
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Jodie Robinson
Belleville, IL
2 Reviews
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"Awesome point of view"
February 2015
I went with my teenage daughter. I thought she would think it was lame and boring, but she didn't. She loved the views and reading what we were looking at and how far we could see. We went early evening and had the place to ourselves. The elevator ride scared me, but I'm not a fan of heights.
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Tip: Teenagers will like it too.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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KENTB551
Lansing
"An Iconic "Must Visit""
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2020 NEW
When you become aware of the history of this province and what The Shepherd of the Hills has to do with it, then it becomes natural to visit the place and see the play. If you're NOT aware, then you MUST visit and watch and learn.
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lkriles
"HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 23, 2019
If you want sm history of how this city got started, visit the Shepherd of the Hills inspirational tower. Thanks Sarah H. for giving us a quick lecture on the history of this town & SOTH....Way cool Way interesting. If ever you're new or never visited the SOTHI Tower, I recommend you go!!!
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O333JAjoyces
"Shepherd of the Hills Christmas Dinner & Play"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 23, 2019
We attended a dinner and Christmas Play (a take-off on "A Christmas Carol"), which was excellent! The meal was a turkey dinner - very good - and the play was very well done and entertaining.
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bettycoleman1967
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2019
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We brought our grandkids for the north pole adventure and they loved it. I believe the girls name was Mickenzie but she was very kind and answered all of our questions with patience. The grandkids loved the petting zoo and seeing santa.
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sandralR1666DU
Coon Rapids, United States
"Christmas Light Display and gift shop!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2019
The light display was way more than expected and drivers made the trip enjoyable and comfortable! The Gift Shop Manager Christina was very accomodating and hospitable to say the least. Thanks for the free hot chocolate also at the gift shop. A real highlight for our kick off to Christmas trip!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower

Is the tower wheelchair accessible?
Yes, they offer two glass elevators that will take you to the enclosed part of the tower. 

Is there a restroom at the tower?
Yes, on the ground floor.