Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, MO

5586 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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Jlhav
"Great time except for man in charge of horse back ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Had a great time on the zip line tour, inspiration point and the ropes course. However, the man in charge of the horse ride would not leave our tween daughter alone. He teased her for most of the hour long ride. She clearly didn’t want to be teased and didn’t respond to him. This only made it worse and he took to calling her Ms. Priss. I’m sure he thought he was funny - but he wasn’t. My daughter was very upset when we got back to the car. It really ruined the experience for her.
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Kevin B
Sacramento, California
"We were on the trail for a legit hour."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2019 NEW
Brief instruction on how to drive the ATV and then we went at it. Best thing me and my son did in Branson. Guide was very nice and kept us on the move. Worth your time and money.
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Hrcoor
Saginaw, Missouri
"Zip line tours"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2019 NEW
A little pricey, but it was a fun time. Staff were nice and made the trip fun. We did the Woodsman tour - were glad we did.
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Paperboy1957
Maryville, Missouri
"Nightly performance"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2019 NEW
We see this about every 3rd year. I think this was my 14th trip. We had vip seating and everything was right in front of you. The show was patriotic and was as good as ever.
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Mary B
"Historical tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2019 NEW
Went 0n the historical tour. Our guide us Rad. He done an excellent job. I had been on this before but heard so much more history with this one. Will definitely recommend to others but make sure it is with Rad.
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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.