Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, Branson: Hours, Address, Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area Reviews: 4.5/5

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Ron W
15 contributions
Beautiful Trails from easy to steeper and more challenging, neat historical markers
Sep 2021
Hiked several days here while staying in Branson, multiple trail options with a little area history included. Fun, steep 338 steps down to Lake Taneycomo. Trails range from easy to I'd rate medium - hiking boots recommended for more challenging trails
Written 1 October 2021
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KeymasterMissouri
Missouri218 contributions
Nice wilderness area, but VERY poor trail markings & map.
Oct 2021 • Couples
Nice enough nature area, but for some unexplicable reason the trails are not marked at the intersections - and the map is very misleading. We encountered many confused hikers on the trails, that had the same problem navigating the area. Be in good shape if you elect to do the 339 steps down to Lake Taneycomo. When you get there, it’s just a small rock beach looking out over the water. The map makes it look like another trail branches off of the Blue Trail you took down to the water, but the intersecting trail is well above water level - and not marked at all. We wound up finding the Red Trail back up the hill, but the trail wasn’t even marked until you were well up the hill. Very uneven terrain on the trails that they list as Moderate Difficulty. Do not attempt if it’s wet/slippery, or if you’re not in good shape. We could have saved a lot of unnecessary walking if they had the trails marked well. Will never do again.
Written 1 October 2021
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James T
38 contributions
A Quiet Respite from the Hustle and Bustle of Branson
Sep 2021 • Solo
A nice, quiet escape to nature near the heart of Branson. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll enjoy a quiet respite here. I walked the Bluff Trail and the stone steps were not too bad if you’re in reasonably good shape. I saw the cave, which is small.
Written 2 September 2021
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ixoye80550
Granbury, TX85 contributions
Incredibly Beautiful Hike
Aug 2021 • Solo
I was up early this morning and made my way to the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area for a three mile hike. It was still dark when I found the trailhead and I used a small flashlight as I began. One interesting feature of the trail are 338 hand made stone steps. It took three men a little more than a year to build the stairs. That’s commitment! There is a also a cave along the trail that was used as a hideout for several months during the Civil War for one man who was avoiding enemy troops. I hiked for about two hours and really enjoyed the beauty, the sunrise, and the time alone with God.
Written 17 August 2021
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elaineinks
Wichita, KS13 contributions
Great hike across from Hurts Donuts
Aug 2021 • Family
This was a great way to spend a morning and quite the workout for our family. We enjoyed reading the info at the old homestead site and then walking down the stairs to check out the cave and Tanneycomo. We were definitely covered in sweat by the time we finished, so suggest doing this hike during the morning or evening in the summer and bring some water!
Written 9 August 2021
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Heather S
1 contribution
Great hiking place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Branson
Aug 2021 • Family
We took our 4 kids to hike (ages, 12, 10, 7, and 5) and all had a good time exploring the caves. None of the trails we did seemed too dangerous or hard for them, would recommend!
Written 5 August 2021
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Skadancer
3 contributions
Best Walk Into A Cave I Ever Had
Jul 2021
This was an excellent recommendation from Yolanda at Capital Vacation. All the trails are great: but you HAVE to hike the PURPLE TRAIL and explore the caves. Best hike in greater Branson in my humble opinion. The stair are so awesome: but be aware you should be in decent shape if you are going to high them.
Written 19 July 2021
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Misty T
Natchez, MS115 contributions
Great hike!
Jun 2021 • Family
We loved this trail! It’s a little rocky, but has beautiful sights! We made it down those 350 steps and then back up those 350 steps!! My family loved it abd we had a lot of fun!!
Written 15 June 2021
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suedo66
Pewaukee, WI372 contributions
Right in the city---5 very nice hikes of different lenghts
Apr 2021
So nice to have a option to get in nature and away from all the commercial stuff in Branson--and yet your right in the city. It has 5 different length hikes--nice maps signs and well marked trails--worth a visit
Written 21 April 2021
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Kcfanin0K
Broken Arrow, OK13 contributions
Beautiful park
Apr 2021
Pleasantly surprised by this hidden treasure in the city. Pet friendly. Picnic tables and well-marked trails. Clean restrooms
Written 16 April 2021
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