Ozark Mountain Country is one of the best places in the Midwest to experience fall. An explosion of color paints the mountains and valleys of the area, inviting all to take a closer look at the scenery of Branson, Missouri. You can see fall colors about anywhere as the entire countryside is awash with hues of reds, oranges and yellows. However, to get the full Branson fall foliage experience, these five places are best.
Top 5 Places to see Branson Fall Foliage
1) Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
Located near the Dewey Short Visitor Center, this 2.2 mile trail combines vibrant fall foliage with sparkling views of the lake. This easy, paved trail makes it possible for visitors of all ages to take in the stunning Branson fall foliage. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might also spot a wild animal or two!
2) Mark Twain National Forest
Head to the Hwy 86 portion of the Mark Twain National Forest. Travel on Hwy 13 through Lampe and Kimberling City for a relaxing, picturesque drive complimented by views of Table Rock Lake. If you’d like to extend your Branson fall foliage excursion, take advantage of the 742 miles of hiking trails in the forest. Bring comfortable hiking gear!
3) Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
Tie you up your laces and take to the forest. At Lakeside, you can see the fall foliage up close. In addition, the trail leads to Lake Taneycomo, which is a highlight. The Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area is also home to the Lyle Owen homestead. Bring a picnic to snack on when you visit the homestead, which is surrounded by excellent foliage each autumn.
4) Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
Located between Branson and the entrance to Silver Dollar City, stop here for scenic vistas and access to hiking trails with sights of the White River Balds Natural Area. Do know that certain trails in this conservation area, while gorgeous, can be strenuous at times.
5) Branson Landing
Walk the boardwalk path at the Landing to take in gorgeous views of the Lake Taneycomo bluffs in full autumn color. Branson Landing is home to a wealth of entertainment, shops, and restaurants. Once you’ve had your fair share of Branson fall foliage, hop into any of these places for more fun.
Bonus: If you feel like venturing further for fall foliage sights, northwest Arkansas towns such as Jasper, Ponca and Silver Hill feature beautiful fall colors and border the Buffalo National River.
Where do you go to see Branson’s fall foliage? Let us know!
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