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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Susan R
"Thanksgiving weekend"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
What a great show for the family. Really enjoyed their version of the Christmas Carol. Very good food and great service.
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horseshoekels
Orange City, Iowa
"Disappointing Trail of Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
Expecting to see the best drive thru light display Branson, we were extremely disappointed. It doesn't seem the drive thru display has been updated in many years , and the amount of lights was underwhelming. Other places in town to drive thru had far more lights, go to the Zoo or better yet silver dollar city if you want to be amazed. This felt nearly a joke At 25 dollars per car to go through, it was quite overpriced when all you really saw was old statues and figurines in little buildings behind plexiglass as you drove down the lane. Would not recommend.
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11814
Council Bluffs, Iowa
"Shepherd of the Hilss Trail of Llights"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
This year they split the Light show. $25 per car and another $25 to walk the trails to see the lights. They basically split the number of lights to view into a drive thru and a walk through. Definitely NOT worth the price at all! The family used to love it and this year was very poor. Displays for the drive thru were old and looked it. Seemed to be more concerned with money than providing an experience for the family!
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katespadegirl
"Not worth your money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
Such a huge disappointment :-( Last year it was wonderful. This year it fell short. :-( We were not aware that they had shortened the trail and that you had to pay to do the walking trail to see Santa. Our 3.5 yr old was so sad. We were not going to spend an extra $25.00! It would have been nice to known about the changes at ck in at the gate. We won’t be back next year
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Veronica J
Little Rock, Arkansas
"Family fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
We spent $100 for this experience...$50 for a carriage ride and $50 for the North Pole Adventure. The carriage ride is a bit short but still fun. The North Pole Adventure ticket got us in the Tower to see an amazing Santa and go to an area where my 3yr old granddaughter got to play mini golf, run an obstacle course and play in a tree house. The ticket also included driving through the trail of lights. It is true that is time for some updates on the trail of lights but overall we had a blast.
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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.