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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
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Nice Hike

Interesting hike to an old homestead and former garden. Can also access nice hike down 300 plus handmade steps if able bodied. This is a nice hike along Taneycomo including a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Branson, Missouri
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Kirbyville, Missouri
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With all the hype in local news about the improvements to this area, I thought I'd check it out. There are no paved trails, so if you need to use a stroller you're out of luck. Even the path around the play area is cobblestone and very bumpy for pushing a stroller. Went a little way down the trail--the poison... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting hike to an old homestead and former garden. Can also access nice hike down 300 plus handmade steps if able bodied. This is a nice hike along Taneycomo including a grotto, waterfall and a small cave. This is steep so don't attempt if not physically capable. The hike to the homestead is level and worth the hike.

1 Thank sharon2832015
St. Louis
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333 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The property includes the Lyle Owen homestead, originally built in 1911, as well as a barn and almost 2,000 feet of hand-built stone walls. There are picnic tables and porch swings at the trail head near the old Owen Homestead. The trails take you along rock bluff (overhead and underfoot). There are a couple of caves they were civil war... More 

3 Thank HiggySt_Louis
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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 

2 Thank mom2sophiebeth
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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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133 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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110 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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

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