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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Joy H
"Great Show and Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
I finally got a chance to visit the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre at age 54. I travel to Branson frequently but have never had time to see this show or the park itself. The homestead tram tour we took was great and our tour guide Jacob was a hoot!! I am afraid of heights but went on the Ziprider zipline anyway!! What a blast! The outdoor theatre show was full of drama and action. Our tour guide just happened to play the bad guy in the show!! It was really, really good!!!
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Krissie L
"ATV Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
This tour was so much fun! I highly recommend it! Book early because it fills up quickly- they only have 7 ATVs. It was one of the best things we did in Branson!
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prairieb0y
Outlook, Canada
"Outdoor Entertainment"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2018 NEW
The venue is very rustic. We had a beautiful evening. The play was well acted and interesting. They have trams to bring you back up from the play which is very necessary. The seats in the lower section are updated so you don’t just sit on cement.
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Lisa H
Heyworth, Illinois
"Shepherd of the Hills outdoor theater"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2018 NEW
This is a great play! During the first half, they are developing the story. The second half is where all the action is. Fist fights, shoot outs, and they set a building on fire! I hear that sometime in the future, they will be moving this play to an indoor theater, so they can perform year round, without regard to the weather. This play was adapted from a best selling book by the same title based on a true story in the Ozarks, that was published around the turn of the 20th century. Make sure you see this at least once for enjoyment and historical context. And why not read the book too!
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jamesrudd
Old Hickory, Tennessee
"Atmosphere, Show, Shopping"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018 NEW
If you visit or live in Branson then you MUST see this outdoor show. It's about how Branson came into being.
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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.