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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
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"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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jkgabranson17
Branson, Missouri
"excellent show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
The meal was very good .The meat was very tender and flavorful. The potions were generous. They put on a show that is pure in that it does not rely on special lights and acoustics and lasted a full 2 hours. Totally family friendly. A do not miss presentation!
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kkee1006
Holden, Maine
"We love the Shepherd of the Hills ply"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
My husband and I were at the play last weekend and it did not disappoint. We came to the play 34 years ago on our honeymoon and have been several times as our children grew up and look forward to bringing our grandchildren here. We loved talking to the cast and hearing how many years many of them have performed at Shepherd of the Hills and what a family affair it truly is. We are so happy that your doors are back open again. God bless and thanks for a wonderful evening!!
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TeamTex
Houston, Texas
"Fun to See and Experience, but needs to be Updated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2017 NEW
My parents went to "Shepherd of the Hills" more than 50 years ago, so they wanted us to experience the play also. I had read the "Shepherd of the Hills" book recently, so I was looking forward to seeing the play in person. My parents and my wife and I spent the afternoon at "Moses" at the Sight and Sound Theater, so we saw what an exciting, modern play can look like. I had high hopes for the evening at "Shepherd of the Hills." The employees were very nice and give customers a ride down the hill to where the theater is located. The setting is interesting in the woods. The play is exciting with horses riding through and gunshots. The challenge is that in order for the cast to move out of the way of the horses that ride through regularly, the actors stand about 50 feet or farther from the audience, so even though we were on the first row it felt like we were near the back of a typical theater. We had sat in the balcony of the "Moses" play and it felt like we were closer to the action than at the "Sheperd of the Hills" play. It would be an easy fix for the "Shepherd of the Hills" to move much of the action forward closer to the audience and let the horses ride behind them. This would especially work when there is just dialogue between characters and no animals around. After the play, one of the highlights is to get to interact with the cast. When I mentioned the idea to move closer to the audience to the head actor, he said "that is the way that we have always done it and we don't want to change." Considering that the theater was less than half full on a Saturday night, it was surprising that they didn't want to improve since they are competing with the sold out "Moses" performance that is as up-to-date as any theater experience. On a positive note, it is very fun to square dance with the cast at Intermission. Because of my family history of going to the play 50 years ago and because I would like for my grandkids to see the "Shepherd of the Hills" play someday, I hope that the "Shepherd of the Hills' management and actors will be willing to improve and will update the play as they can still be true to its history and make it interesting for current audiences who are used to seeing the expressions on actors' faces in movies and on screens.
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Brenda K
Monticello, Arkansas, United States
"A Step Back in Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2017 NEW
The Shepherd of the Hills performance provided a enjoyable way to spend an evening. It had an old-fashioned feel to it. It brought back memories for me as I had attended before about 35 years ago.
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ball996
"Still the Best Way to start your Branson vacation!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2017 NEW
We came to Branson with friends who had never been here before so we wanted them to have the best experience ever by people who know what's good. We started with Shepherd of the Hills because this is really where it all started. The show was still good, sound system much improved since we last came and actors and staff extremely courteous and friendly. Smaller crowd due to show being on a Monday night, but American patriotism, value of morals and great show was more than we could have asked for. Excellent value and satisfying for all! A must see for young or old, best if new to the area to see first. Great!!!!
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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.