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Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, MO

5586 W Highway 76Branson, MO 65616
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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.


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

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Annette Donlon
1 Review
August, 2016 NEW
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 McCroskey
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
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!
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.
Tip: Teenagers will like it too.

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William Keen
Verona, WI
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Nice view"
February, 2015
Great scenery but the windows could have been cleaner

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Traveling M
Mankato, Minnesota
"Vacation 2016"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 28, 2016 NEW
This is a very neat production. We got our tickets and were in row 7...it was during off season so it was not busy. We asked if we could move because our kids couldn't see and they told us we could sit anywhere because they were not busy. We got front row seats! The kids loved the animals and gun fights. They also enjoyed the intermission up on the stage square dancing with the cast!! Thanks for the memories!
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James M
Branson West, Missouri
"I Will Lift Mine Eyes To The Hills From Whence Cometh My Help!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
It has been a little over a year since my wife and I move into the Branson area. One show we both have wanted to see and experience was at the Shepherd Of The Hills Outdoor Theater but because of my work schedule it never to come to pass until tonight. What can you say about a production that has been playing for 57 years? Wowser! The only complaint both my wife and I have to register is that the sound and mikes on certain actors was not balanced well and at times was hard to hear what they were trying to project. Some had to do with actors not enunciating their dialogue clearly. Otherwise it is a production we highly recommend for all ages.
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Walnut Hill, Florida
"Great play with a good meaning!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
This is a very good outdoor drama. Very interesting. It does help if you have read the book (Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright) The actors are friendly and you can interact with them.
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Jill R
"Super Summer Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2016 NEW
The super summer cruise parade is getting more disappointing each year. It keeps getting shorter with more restrictions.
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Wichita, Kansas
"A Story That Never Gets Old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2016 NEW
We first saw The Shepherd of the Hills 31 years ago on our honeymoon. The most recent return visit was the last week in August and it didn't disappoint. This visit was an introduction of a granddaughter to the history of the area. Histrically based it tells the story of a stranger who comes to the Ozark region to find himself and becomes a beloved piece of the community. This closely follows the book written by Harold Bell Wright unlike some of the Hollywood versions. Touching, funny, action filled, with the audience asked to participate in the square dance, there was enough to keep the interest and entertain this multi generational group. Stick around after the show and meet and greet the cast members. They are some of the friendliest and most talented people in the area.

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.