Set against the gorgeous Ozark Mountains, Branson has beautiful parks and natural areas you will want to explore during your trip. Nathanael Greene Park is a 113-acre botanical garden with a Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and South Creek Greenway Trail. The Frisco Highline Trail is an expansive 35 mile trail that offers scenic views and glimpses of wildlife if you choose to walk a portion of it.
The Bennett Spring State Park has a pavilion and events area that are popular sites to hold festivals and other events. Jordan Valley Park is a popular outdoor venue to host concerts and special events in Springfield. You will find hiking and camping in the 2,505 acre Busiek State Forest. Galloway Trail is a gorgeous hike and bike trail that connects Springfield Lake, Galloway Village, and Galloway Station Restaurant.
You will find heavily forested and rolling hills as well as a beautiful section of the Elk River in Big Sugar Creek State Park, where hiking and fishing are popular activities. Courthouse Park on Main Street in nearby Harrison is a beautiful section of the city filled with historical landmarks and architectural treasures. Take a walk through Founders Park in downtown Springfield and view the many beautiful fountains and works of art scattered throughout the park.
RVers will want to check out the Branson Stagecoach RV Park, which provides you with excellent amenities and a location convenient to Branson attractions. For RV or tent camping, or to rent a log cabin, visit Compton Ridge Campground, that offers such amenities as a pool, basketball courts, and a game room. Offering spectacular views of Table Rock Lake, as well as an on-site convenience store and miniature golf course, the Lake View Campground offers RV hook-ups, as well as tent and cabin camping. You will have all of the necessities for a rustic yet comfortable camping experience at the Musicland Kampground. The Wilderness at Silver Dollar City offers a variety of camping and RV accommodations close to the action at Silver Dollar City.
The Moonshine Beach on Tablerock Lake is a scenic area with a swim beach that features a boat launch, playground, courtesy dock, restrooms, picnic areas with shelter, and showers. Tablerock Lake Dam was built in 1959 and rises to 252 feet, offering gorgeous views of the lake. You can take a tour of the dam or visit a fish hatchery from the Table Rock State Park.
The Springfield Skatepark features both indoor and outdoor skate facilities, as well as a pro shop and an occasional tournament. Stockstill Park is located just off of Lake Taneycomo and is known for its many sports fields, as well as rolling hills and scenic areas. Taneycomo Lakefront is a popular site close to downtown Branson where you can enjoy scenic views as well as the occasional outdoor event.
Hope Wilderness Chapel in Dogwood Canyon is a popular and scenic site to host weddings and other special events. For an exciting overnight camping and fishing trip, the best spot in the area is at the Roaring River State Park, which also offers hiking, biking, and picnic tables. Explore three caves or take a scenic nature hike at the Sequiota Park. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is an exciting place to visit, with a simulated cave experience, a bird watching center, and exhibits on the natural wildlife and vegetation local to the area.
Shadow Rock Park is located on the beautiful Lake Taneycomo, and is home to the famous Harvest Moon Festival. Springfield National Cemetery sits on 18 sprawling acres and is the final resting place of many prominent and well-known figures dating back to its inception in 1862. At Wilson's Creek National Battlefield you can explore the site of the famous Civil War battle. You will enjoy your time exploring the great outdoors on your trip to the Branson area.