The Branson Trail Guide for the Vacationing Runner

Branson TrailsMy family is full of dedicated runners that still like to keep their daily routine going even while on vacation. If you or someone in your family is the same way, it’s always nice to have an idea of where the safest and most desirable running spots are, wherever you may be vacationing.

One of the nicest things about Branson is that there are an abundance of safe places to run that aren’t far from many of the lodging options that are available to you during your trip. So keeping that routine run going strong doesn’t have to be a hassle while on vacation. Instead, it can be an enjoyable way to explore some of the area’s beautiful rolling hills, scenic lakes and city landmarks.

Here are three running routes for your convenience while you’re on vacation in Branson, and you can rest assured knowing that each of them have been endorsed by the Ozarks Running Club and other local runners on who love to share resources, tips and connect with other runners.

Branson Hills Parkway Route

Distance: 0.5 miles

This entire route parallels the scenic and peaceful Branson Hills Parkway and has an elevation gain of 72 feet. A commonly run area, this route makes for a great and quick 10 minute run if you’re short on time. Plus you’ll get to enjoy some great views of the trees and natural scenery. Click here for a map of the route.

Branson Landing 2 Mile RouteBranson Trails

Distance: 2.1 miles

Run the entirety of the Branson Landing and take in the fantastic waterfront views of beautiful Lake Taneycomo. This route is relatively flat, with an elevation gain of 7 feet and makes for a great run at any time of the day. Click here for a map of the route.

Cahill Road to Stockstill Park/Roark Trail Loop

Distance: 3 miles

This route is perfect for the runner who is up for a hilly challenge with an elevation gain of about 125 feet. Start your run on Cahill Road and make your way down the wooded Roark Trail that leads to Stockstill Park. Loop your way around and back to Cahill Road for a complete 3 mile workout. Click here for a map of the route.

There’s no reason why you can’t continue your running routine while you’re on vacation and hopefully one of these three trails will get you started. That way, each time you come back to Branson, you can look forward to returning to your favorite running route or trying out a new one!


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