Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, MO

5586 W Highway 76Branson, MO 65616
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Overview

A colossal 230-foot structure situated in The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, the Inspiration Tower is a must-see attraction for visitors to Branson, open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tower contains two glass elevators, an enclosed observation deck, a gift shop, and a snack bar. Guests can also enjoy panoramic views of the area as far as 90 miles away on clear days.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • 230' High with 360 degree views.
  • On a clear day, you can see over 90 miles.
  • Vigilante ZipRider departs from top of Inspiration Tower.
  • Vigilante ZipRider departs from top of Inspiration Tower.
  • Located at Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead.
  • Built in 1989 to commemorate 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright's Shepherd of the Hills novel.

Description

from Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower
Inspiration Tower sits atop one of the highest points in Southwest Missouri. Visitors travel 230' up in a glass elevator to step out in to a commanding 360 degree view ranging from the splendor of the Ozark Hills, all of Branson and even as far as the Arkansas ridge of hills.

During the holidays the Tower is transformed into the area's largest Christmas tree, which acts as the stunning finale to the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

Don't miss this historic landmark!

Tower hours of operations change throughout the year and is open every day weather permitting.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

8 Reviews
Annette Donlon
1 Review
"Disappointed!"
August, 2016
Had tickets for the tower and stopped to enjoy the view on our way out of town. There was a car show going on, and we were stopped going to the parking lot by a man who said we had to pay $13.00 even though we already had tickets for the tower and had no intention of going to the car show. I suggested that he double check since he was obviously not in charge. He walked away and came back only to confirm that we would indeed have to pay the money. Now, we have a classic car and the participants pay to show their vehicles but people coming to see the cars do not so I found that part shocking anyway, but was quite upset that those people were so insistent that we pay again. We did not pay and did not see the tower. Seems like everyone wants to milk the tourists.
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Kerri Bingaman
Conway, AR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Scary but fun"
June, 2016
My daughter doesn't like heights but this was very fun and it was thrilling. :3
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Tip: 1. They have ziplines too. 2. It is very thrilling.

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Healdton, OK
2 Reviews
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"What a treat!"
April, 2016
We visited the Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower this weekend and it was truly a treat. The view is breath-taking! We were even able to watch a couple of people zip-line from the top. This is an inexpensive attraction and well worth your time.
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Monica Dreiling
Hays, KS
18 Reviews
"Worth the stop!"
February, 2016
We really enjoyed seeing Branson from above. A short elevator ride takes you to the top. Try it at night and during the day!
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Tip: Remember to take some quarters so that you can look through the "view finders".

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leeann gonzales
houston, TX
5 Reviews
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"Beautiful views"
March, 2015
We visited the tower on our last day in Branson, and I couldnt think of a better ending to our trip. The views are spectacular! Make sure to take quarters with you for the machines, we didnt think about it and the change machine was out of order! Kind of a bummer, but the scenery really made up for it!
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Martin M.
Orwell, OH
7 Reviews
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"Best View in Branson!"
February, 2015
What a view! Watch the zipriders take off from the tower.
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Jodie Robinson
Belleville, IL
2 Reviews
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"Awesome point of view"
February, 2015
I went with my teenage daughter. I thought she would think it was lame and boring, but she didn't. She loved the views and reading what we were looking at and how far we could see. We went early evening and had the place to ourselves. The elevator ride scared me, but I'm not a fan of heights.
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Tip: Teenagers will like it too.

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William Keen
Verona, WI
4 Reviews
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"Nice view"
February, 2015
Great scenery but the windows could have been cleaner
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bcpr02
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
"Drive Thru Xmas Light"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018 NEW
It has the most fantastic Xmas lights display. Just take your own pace in order to enjoy the displays.
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zzzbill
Emporia, Kansas
"Needs Updated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2018 NEW
I have been here several times for the Trail of Lights, and overall, it is the same. It needs updating desperately. Several exhibits were without power (dark) and the older booths are looking dated and worn. The show and dinner were okay, but lackluster. The food was average (didn't help that Dixie Stampede was so awesome the night before...so there was some comparison going on), and musicians were okay, but uninspired. I love the summer play and will always support Shepherd of the Hills in the summer, but doubt I will return for Trail of Lights without some updating.
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van3300
Medford, Oregon
"Christmas on the Trail, Trail of Lights, Inspiration Tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2018 NEW
The show was OK if you want to hear the "cowboy" spoken by the entertainers every other word, The Trail of Lights was fun to cruise through for a Christmas Eve activity. It is hard to see anything from the tower after dark.
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peggyg739
Lonoke, United States
"Christmas lights are fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2017 NEW
We took the Trail of Lights tour and it was great. Each turn revealed a new experience. There is something for everyone.
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Z_britt
"Perfect Proposal"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2017 NEW
This place is amazing! Tracy & Sean helped my brother propose to his girlfriend in the tower and it was such a beautiful moment for them, that they will forever remember! The lights are gorgeous and it was perfect for our whole family.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower

Is the tower wheelchair accessible?
Yes, they offer two glass elevators that will take you to the enclosed part of the tower. 

Is there a restroom at the tower?
Yes, on the ground floor.