Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, Branson

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  • We wanted to walk off some of the big meals & Hurt's donuts we were eating in Branson ... found this great trail near our condo. The views are great! The grotto was dry because no rain but still neat ...  more »
  • The Wilderness trail takes you down a really steep slope down to the river bottom, and then the trail at the foot of the cliffs is amazing. Not a long hike, but certainly challenging!!  more »
  • Very scenic, beautiful views. Not what I was expecting to see while visiting Branson. Trails need some work and need to be marked better. Overall a nice hike for the family.  more »
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  • FREE! Possibly best FREE thing to do in Branson. Clean and fun trails! Path was pretty steep and skinny in many areas. Our 5 and 6 year old loved these difficult trails. They had an adventure and loved cautiously exploring the 2 caves they found. But to much for our two year old, we had to carry him during most of it. GREAT and beautiful scenery! If you enjoy trails and hiking we loved these. I think we took blue trail but somehow ended on red trail which does not loop back. At the end you have to take same path back. More maps during trails would be nice. Apparently we didn't really pay attention to the big map at the beginning.
  • The yellow, blue, and orange trail aren't bad. The purple bluff trail is no joke. We had a 4 year old with us and wouldn't do it again with him. For adults it's all good. Definitely some slanted trails and slopes. Need good shoes! Awesome views as well.
  • Absolute breath-taking view and trails are great, too. A great place to picnic to save some bucks while out shopping during the day.
  • 300+ handmade rock stairs down to the lake, multiple small caves to explore, 2 porch swings, a handbuilt stone wall with beautiful views. The trail to get to the stairs is easily travelled by most, but very young children and elderly or those with physical ailments may want to pass om the 300 stairs.
  • Great views and some history. Don't forget the 334 hand hewn stone stairs, my calf muscles are still aching.

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