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Glade Exploration Trail; Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Been hiking this for past two years, one of my favorite trails. It can actually be 5.5 miles if you go out and back doing all the loops and the adjoining Homesteader's Trail, creek and waterfalls are lovely after snow or rain. (Good 11 mile workout if you do it twice.) Have done while the ice still on trails and is gorgeous then with the icicles and waterfalls. Well maintained paths. Outhouse at the TH off Hwy 76 (near Shepherd of the Hills Tower), also a TH on the other side of preserve off Old Sycamore Church road, but no facilities. Parking is better on the paved 76 entrance. Often see deer early morning or evening. Nice covered mini-pavilion with bench off the Homesteaders portion of the trail to sit and reflect or eat a sack lunch. (Pictures uploaded several seasons.)

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White River Valley Trail System
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11 Completed 8 Reviews

My husband and I have hiked the red loop and the blue loop so far. We wanted to do the blue loop on our first attempt, but it was closed at the trailhead then due to hunting season. The red loop was ok for an average hike, but it seems like more of a mountain bike type trail. I liked the blue loop much better. It had rained recently, and there were lots of little streams and great waterfalls to see. You get some good views of the back of the dam and Chateau on the Lake at some points. It was a great 65 degree January day today(compared to the subfreezing temps we've had recently) and extremely windy, but the wind wasn't bad at all in the woods so I wouldn't put this off just from it being a windy day. The red and especially the blue loop were extremely muddy in some places, so I wouldn't recommend wearing just any shoes. Actual hiking shoes would be best for these trails. I would say these 2 loops were more moderate than difficult. Some other trails I've hiked I had to stop when going uphill but not on these. Many parts of the red trail were flat. We hope to check out the orange and green loops when we have more time. I love that these trails are almost right in town compared to others, so you don't have to drive tons of miles out of the way.

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Glade Exploration Trail; Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Very nice trail for a winter walk. The trail was relatively easy, hiked 3.08 miles, hiking the red and yellow loops along with the blue connector trail. Also walked the paved trail to the view tower with great views of Branson and surrounding area.

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Glade Exploration Trail; Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
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13 Completed 12 Reviews

Short trail. The view from the tower is awesome. Great view of city lights at night. Some geocaches on the trail.

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Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
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11 Completed 8 Reviews

The name of this trail is a little deceiving. A lot of it is not along the lake shore but behind trees or other land that are along the lake shore. I wish part of it had better views of the lake. My husband and I walked the full length of the trail, which goes all the way from the Visitor Center over to the Branson Belle, the campground, and the marina. It's good for a walk, but I wouldn't consider it a true hiking trail. It's all paved, and there is a lot of activity along part of it with people at the Branson Belle, people putting their boats into the water, people camping and picnicking, cars driving by. We did see some deer in the wooded area of the trail. Personally, my favorite place to hang out in this stretch of land is the Visitor Center. It has plenty of benches and picnic tables and great uninterrupted view of the dam and across the lake.

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Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail is beautiful! A well maintained paved path. My husband and I truly enjoyed it and we will definitely use it the next time we are visiting!

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White River Valley Trail System
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

I had a chance to ride this trail last year for a week while visiting with family. The Trail is technical and the hills make you pay but in a good way. I took the time to ride and explore every section. The First day I got lost due to the fact it is a stacked system and I failed to bring my GPS. after I got my bearings and road it a couple times, the trail was a blast. I road it every day for 6 days. I plan On bringing my bikes to the lake every year so I can ride this trail. Hopefully they build some additional trails in the area.

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Glade Exploration Trail; Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
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23 Completed 23 Reviews

The best way to do this is to go in from the low water bridge on old 76 (or sycamore church road). This section of the trail is actually the Homsteaders Trail, with an interpretive map showing historic sites. You pass by some beautiful wet weather waterfalls. It's a beautiful easy walk through some forests. Then you make the ascent through the glades to the overlook. Sit for a moment and enjoy the view. You can return by a different loop if you like.

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Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great place to come. I didn't walk the whole path as I had my dashchund with me and she doesn't get around well. Definitely will be back to do the whole thing.

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Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
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23 Completed 23 Reviews

Nice paved trail in the woods next to the lake. Fantastic place for sunsets!

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