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

9 Reviews
Mike Gile
1 Review
"Fun"
May, 2018
Me n my family had a blast coming back again in July 8 2018 to see show again
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Tip: Fun n safe

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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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Reserve Branson Customer
Healdton, OK
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Marcene S
"Exquisitely enjoyable experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
I attended this drama over 30 years ago. I had heard that it had closed but was now back open. So I dragged a friend who goes to Silver Dollar City all the time but had never seen the shepherd drama. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Loved the friendly and accommodating staff who helped find a seat that was comfortable for me since I have knee problems. Loved the tram that took us to the seating area. Loved the actors and actresses as well as the animals involved in the drama. Enjoyed the story and the way it was portrayed. I reread the book to familiarize myself with the story. I recommend that to anyone going to the drama because it is easier to understand some of the details of the show. GO, YOU will enjoy it.
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chaplain1
clifton, tn
"Interesting story of the history"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
My wife and family went to visit the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama. It was a good time together with family. When you arrive you will be parked and ride on a tram to pick up your tickets. The drama is long it is interesting sometimes a bit boring. There is an intermission or you can go and purchase photos that were taken of you. It is the story of a man who was the shepherd of the area who's was called dad. The seating was fairly comfortable there is refreshments and a bathroom that you can walk to. I've seen it once and will probably not need to see it again but it was an interesting story some parts were very dry. The actors portrayed did good jobs
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Dana V
"ATV Adventure Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
Had a blast! Highly recommend if you like getting muddy/dirty. Great hills and trails. Johnny our tour guide was awesome. Good time and worth the money!
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Catherine K
Vermont
"Local Cultural Artistic Drama"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
This was an extremely organized evening of entertainment. The actors could be heard clearly but seeing the play was difficult due to rows of tall people in front of us. Unfortunately you can only get "best available" when you purchase your tickets online. The pre-show was funny, and the intermission square dancing was quaint. The concession prices were good, but the line was long and there was only one window open. Perhaps selling things in the stands would be better? Overall, it was an enjoyable evening out in Branson and an opportunity to learn about Ozark history and culture.
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Holly M
Massachusetts
"Go Go Go its fabulous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2018 NEW
You can go ATV single or with 4 people and its 1.5 hour of fun!! It cost us around $160 for the two of us. I also ziplinon the avengence 170 feet high zipliner. That was so great.....dont be afraid just do it!!!!
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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.