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“Free nature trail - good break from the commercialism”

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
Ranked #36 of 173 things to do in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

It was difficult for us to find the parking lot at first. It is not on the same grounds as the hotel on the corner of 76. Nice walk. Wish the trails would have had more and better signs to guide you. Never saw the waterfall but probably because it wasn't raining. Good views. Got some good pics of the family. The steps were awesome. We did see a snake sunning itself on a rock - so be aware of where you are stepping and placing your hands. It was pretty fun until then. Luckily it ignored us.

2  Thank Bransonisfun
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

This was my first hike and I took along my five year old son which makes this more of an adventure :). We walked the red loop, trails were well kept and relatively easy. I did some of this while holding him and did it with ease. Once back at the trail head, we decided to try the scenic route and took on the blue trail with the 300 limestone stairs. Up to the point of the stairs, this trail was pretty easy. Once you start going down the stairs, things do change a bit. We got to the waterfall area (large rocky area) and turned around as things were starting to get a bit rugged for the five year old. Of course when we got ready to climb the stairs, his get up and go got up and went so I carried him back up the stairs. This was possible but a bit of a challenge. Once we reached the top, the legs were burning for sure as expected. Overall, this was a good time although I am a mountain biker and couldn't help but think of how much more fun most would be on a bike. Good clean fun, free, and a chance to get away from the strip for a while. We got there early (around 7am) and there was only one car in the lot. Plan on getting sweaty and you'll enjoy it.

3  Thank jmootree
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We started early in the morning to avoid the heat and it was very cool out walking through the woods. Lots of ups and downs. There is a waterfall, if it is raining. The cave at the end is about 30-40 feet deep and tall enough you can stand in. It was also about 20 degrees cooler in the cave, so a nice place to cool down. The hike back of course was a lot more challenging than our way in. All together a very nice trail with great views of the river. There is 5 trails to pick from, ranging from easy, moderate and difficult. If you like the outdoors and enjoy hiking, this is a must.

1  Thank denots250
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Make sure you take trail #1. As other reviewers have said, DO NOT FORGET YOUR CAMERA! Beautiful views, caves, rock stairs. Will definately go again.

2  Thank FromTulsaOK
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Most of what everyone has said about the hike is very true. My hiking experiences are limited but this one trail holds beautiful views and many interesting outcroppings of rock all along the trail. Once you hike pass the "waterfall" at the trail end, the trail actually continues with narrow paths and several more caves. We met three young men hiking who were very familiar with the trail and said their friends will park a car at Alexander Park (I do not know where this is) and hike all the way to the end, then drive back to pick up their car at the trailhead. I thought this might be helpful because, if accurate, you would then not have to hike back up those 312 heartstopping steps. We really enjoyed this hike and the history behind it.

2  Thank Bette S
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