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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Carole S
Minneapolis, MN19 contributions
May 2022
Wonderful biking/ walking trail. A beautiful park for the public, bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.
Written 24 May 2022
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Joseph L
3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Nice trails with varying levels of difficulty. We started on blue but ended up doing bits of all routes to see the caves and former living area. Good routes for most ages and skill levels and will come back to try more areas
Written 23 April 2022
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Brian_P_in_KC
Blue Springs, MO308 contributions
Jul 2021
You can literally see the Dick Clark theater and Hurt's from the parking lot. The trails are so close to the strip yet feel miles away. We did the Homestead trail and followed the old rock wall for a bit. A very steep stone staircase goes straight down to Lake Tanycomo. Make sure to take water. There are miles to explore here, and best of all it's free!
Written 1 January 2022
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Jeanne
Kansas City, MO69 contributions
Oct 2021
We loved this hike! We only had one day so didn't take the stairs but did walk a couple of different trails and found the historical area. It was really cool to read about how the land transformed. Definitely recommend!
Written 22 November 2021
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joeyr599
Springfield, MO193 contributions
Oct 2021
Short 1/2 mile trail, until you get to the part that goes down the mountain....not easy. Beautiful area but the trees have grown up so much you can only see small parts of Lake Taneycomo.
Written 4 November 2021
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Ron W
17 contributions
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
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
40 contributions
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, TX86 contributions
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
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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Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM