Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, MO

Shepherd of the Hills Homestead Adventure Park5586 W Highway 76Branson, MO 65616
View on Map
Starting at


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.

1 or more people

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.


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!

The Tower is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm throughout the year, weather permitting.

Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower Reviews

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

Was this review helpful? Yes

Annette Donlon Tripster User Profile Image
Annette Donlon
1 Review
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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Kerri Bingaman Tripster User Profile Image
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
Read More
Tip: 1. They have ziplines too. 2. It is very thrilling.

Was this review helpful? Yes

 Tripster User Profile Image
Tripster Customer
Healdton, OK
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Monica Dreiling Tripster User Profile Image
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!
Read More
Tip: Remember to take some quarters so that you can look through the "view finders".

Was this review helpful? Yes

leeann gonzales Tripster User Profile Image
leeann gonzales
houston, TX
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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!
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Martin M. Tripster User Profile Image
Martin M.
Orwell, OH
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Best View in Branson!"
February 2015
What a view! Watch the zipriders take off from the tower.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Jodie Robinson Tripster User Profile Image
Jodie Robinson
Belleville, IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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.
Read More
Tip: Teenagers will like it too.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.

What are the hours of operation?

Shepherd of the HIlls box office is open from 9 AM-7 PM most days.

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee?

Yes, parking is free for all activities. Please park at the main entrance (by the restaurant) unless you enjoy adventure park activities or the inspiration tower.

Where is it located?

The tower is at 6021 W. 76 Hwy, just past the park's main entrance. You will see a large tower. Head to the bottom of the tower, and you will find an entrance.

Is the activity appropriate for children?

Yes, this is a family-friendly activity.