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Branson, MO is known to many for its colorful downtown Strip area, with all of its dining, shopping, nightlife, and attraction options. However, for numerous other visitors, it is a place to relax and become surrounded by nature. All those who love the great outdoors will appreciate the scenery of the Ozark mountain region and the abundance of wildlife watching opportunities in and around the Branson area. To catch sight of some of the best wildlife here, try out these spots.
Table Rock State Park is 356 acres with hiking and biking trails in every direction. It circles Table Rock Lake and offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. When it comes to wildlife watching, animals that can be found in this Branson park include red fox, gray fox, wild turkey, white tail deer, tarantulas, and songbirds.
Address: 5272 MO-165, Branson, MO 65616 Phone #: (417) 334-4704
Located about 25 miles from Branson, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a 10,000-acre haven for nature enthusiasts. Inside the park are a number of things to see and do, such as waterfalls, hand-built bridges, ancient burial caves, trout streams, horseback riding, Segway and Jeep tours, hiking, biking, and much more. In the middle of it all resides wildlife like American bison, long-horned cattle, elk, and white tail deer. Visitors can explore this Branson park on their own or opt to take a guided wildlife tram tour.
Address: Mark Twain National Forest, 2038 MO-86, Lampe, MO 65681 Phone #: (800) 225-6343
One of our favorite Branson, MO parks, The Mark Twain National Forest, spans 75,000 acres and circles around Branson for miles, offering some of the best outdoor recreation in the region. There’s canoeing, hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, ATV riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, and of course, wildlife watching. The land is home to black bears, white tail deer, armadillos, wild turkey, bald eagles, and roadrunners.
Address: Mark Twain National Forest, 401 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401 Phone #: (573) 364-4621
Situated right off of Route 76 between Branson and Silver Dollar City, the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area attracts all types of nature admirers. Visitors have approximately 1,500 acres of unspoiled land to roam around on and several trails that are open to examining on foot. The preserve keeps a variety of wildlife animals safe, such as lizards, scorpions, tarantulas, wild turkeys, and indigo buntings.
Phone #: (417) 895-6880
If you’re interested in learning more about one of these fantastic parks in Branson, MO and getting up-close and personal with the wildlife that lives there, Sunset Nightly Rentals can find you a vacation rental perfectly located to experience it all.
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Branson Creek is a beautiful, scenic community located just minutes from Downtown Branson and The Branson Airport.