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Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

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Address: Fall Creek Road, 2 blocks south of Highway 76, near Dixie Stampede, entrance on left., Branson, MO
07:00 - 19:00
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Fantastic hike in the city!

Our family of 4 (2 adults, boy 9 yrs & girl 12 yrs) all totally enjoyed this hike. What an amazing gem right off the main drag in town! We spent a few hours exploring the area... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our family of 4 (2 adults, boy 9 yrs & girl 12 yrs) all totally enjoyed this hike. What an amazing gem right off the main drag in town! We spent a few hours exploring the area and hiking around. The homestead site was cool. Hiking along rock walls and into caves was a super cool adventure, and the views... More 

Thank mom2sophiebeth
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

My review for runners and trail runners. For those who like combination of hiking and slow running this would be nice. Technical, well marked, difficulty rating on map i accurate. The blue trail down to river is very, very steep with series of winding steps 20 minute climb just getting back to top. Marked as easy on map. Red loop... More 

Thank Ben H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The trail down to the grotto does not loop. The map at the trail head is deceptive. It goes to the top of the grotto. Beautiful hike. Great adventure. Hold hands of little ones closely. (Our youngest is 7).

1 Thank Emily N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We hiked the trails on a 45 degree day but warmed up once we kept hiking to find the caves. It was well worth the adventure to hike along the Lake and find the hidden caves and waterfall area (which was dry when we were there at Thanksgiving). If you go off trail, be sure you are prepared for a... More 

2 Thank mjmsgm
Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Take one of many trails and enjoy a beautiful day in the Branson area. The trail with the 300+ steps will take you to the lake!

1 Thank HappyTexastravelmom
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Wonderful trails from easy to difficult. Trails run alongside Lake and deep into the woods. Visit the Cave and the Waterfall.

1 Thank carol33b
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

First time for this area. Nice trails even though right in town. Well marked & wooded. Great views! Clearly states mileage, degree of difficulty & good maps!

Thank Marsha K
Holly, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great oasis of peace and nature in the middle of the city of Branson. Had a great hike there. Took the blue route to the bottom and was rewarded with beautiful trails, small caves and a natural waterfall. Well worth the trip and it is free. Definitely family friendly.

Thank Marty R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Sitting amidst the various theaters in Branson, is this wonderful nature park. It has simple trails, un-groomed wilderness and a diverse ecosystem. The LFWA was once a large tract of land with a stone summer home on it. The owner sold it to the city to prevent development on it. There are easy hiking trails and also more difficult trails... More 

Thank mma536
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very nice hiking area! Most trails are well marked with colored arrows. I do recommend that you wear hiking boots or sturdy tennies...not flip flops! The Bent Tree Loop Trail parallels Lake Taneycomo. We combined a number of trails so that we had a worthwhile hike! The waterfall was dry on 10/03/16 but it was still worth... More 

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