Table Rock State Park MO is a natural paradise outside of Branson. Located along the shores of Table Rock Lake, the park is a hub of activity on the waterfront. Sit among the swaying oak and hickory trees and enjoy the water views. The State Park is also close to one of the most popular things to do in the area, the classic Showboat Branson Belle, a quintessential riverboat cruise!
Start your trip to the State Park by visiting the Dewey Short Visitor Center, a recently renovated and modern tourist center on the lake. The visitor’s center has a huge range of information about the area, much of which is brought to life by interactive displays and exhibits, like a cut-away model of the hydroelectric dam nearby. The Dewey Short Visitor Center also has a great observation deck for a sweeping view of the surrounding area.
Hike the Chinquapin Trail, a moderate 3-mile trail which starts at the River and loops over the hill. The trail is a natural surface trail, meaning not paved, and is dog-friendly. This trail in Table Rock State Park MO is well maintained, but crosses near and over a creek several times, so sturdy shoes are recommended!
Another option is the White River Valley Trail, which is made up of four different looped trails joined together. This 10 mile trail can also be crossed by mountain bike! Rent a bike at the State Park Marina for a few hours or the whole day. The trail does not have any steep slopes, which makes it a perfect day trip for someone looking to get out of Branson into nature, without being an expert mountain biker! Hikers are welcome, however cyclists have the right of way.