Lakeside Forest Trails

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area is in the heart of Branson and offers a nature escape with 140 acres and 5.3 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult.  From its inception in 1998, the park was envisioned to be a showcase for nature and beauty in the Ozarks.  With its proximity to Highway 76, it is very accessible to residents and visitors alike.  A large wooden log archway over an ornamental iron gate with a decorative native stone veneer welcomes visitors to the park.  Other recent improvements include a nature playground and a pavilion near the entrance.   Picnic areas have already been added at the trail head, the Owen Homestead site and at the south end of the loop trail.  


Click here for a brochure, featuring a map of the trails and history of the site.  


Park Hours

7:00am to 7:00pm Summer
7:00am to 5:00pm Winter

Rules and Regulations
1.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
2.  Do not litter.
3.  Weapons are prohibited. 
4.  Please stay on trails at all times.  These trails have been designed to discourage erosion and harm to natural communities. 
5.  Please stay within park boundaries.  Respect land owner's rights and private property signs.
6.  No fires.
7.  Day use only. 
8.  Destroying, cutting or removing gegetation, including wildflowers, is prohibited.
9.  Foot traffic only.  No motorized vehicles allowed. 
10.  Please keep dogs on a leash and clean up after them.

Hiker's Guide
The Bluff Trail involves a strenuous one hour hike which includes 315 stone steps to the bottom and a difficult return climb.  Be aware that surfaces may become slippery during inclement weather or depending of the season.  Please follow the instructions below:


Stairway Rules
1.  Use handrail at all times.
2.  Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
3.  Stay on the established trail at all times.
4.  Running is not allowed.
5.  Throwing or dropping of objects is prohibited.
6.  Footwear suitable for wet walking surfaces is recommended (sandals, slick soled shoes and high heels are not recommended).
7.  No animals allowed on steps, except service dogs.
8.  Hiking the steps is not recommended if you have heart or breathing difficulties, have had recent surgery or illness, you are pregnant, you have a fear of heights, or any condition that may prevent you from strenuous exercise. 


For more information and a map of City of Branson trails and parks, click here.




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