Yesterday while I was in Branson, I took the opportunity to check out one of the area’s many beautiful lookouts.
I was tipped off to this one a few weeks back and decided to check it out for myself since the trees seem to have really started turning their fall colors now.
The lookout and trail system is part of the Henning Conservation Area and sits rights off of Highway 76. If you head northwest on the Branson strip all the way past the Butterfly Palace, you’ll come across a lookout point on the ride side of the road. If you reach Inspiration Tower at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead, you’ve gone too far.
When I got to the lookout at the conservation area I was blown away by how beautiful the view was. Just adjacent to the parking lot at the trail head is a rest area that offers some of the most amazing views you’ll find in Branson.
From this location, you can look out over the city and pick out prominent Branson features like the Sight & Sound Theatre as well as endless hills filled with colorful, fall leaves. So beautiful!
The skies were pretty clear yesterday afternoon and I was able to see pretty far out across Branson so I would suggest heading there on a clear day, especially if you plan to hike.
The trail head that starts at that resting spot leads visitors through the along trails that are of moderate difficulty. I hiked two different portions of it and certain parts were more rocky than others. The system of trails leads you to a lookout tower that you can climb for even more views of the Ozark mountains.
I didn’t have enough time to hike through the whole trail system, but I did pass a few rest areas and beautiful lookout points along my way so you can be sure that you’ll be able to stop and take as many photos as you want from lots of different vantage points.
The Henning Conservation Area is just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Branson and serves as a great way to explore some of the natural beauty of the Branson area before the weather gets too cold.
So grab your tennis shoes, a light jacket and a couple bottles of water and spend an afternoon hiking the trails through the rolling hills of Branson and take in all the beautiful sights along the way.