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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

8 Reviews
Annette Donlon
1 Review
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 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
Verified Traveler
"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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Lonita B
Edina, Missouri
"Ollie Stewart (sp?) was the best!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2016 NEW
The show was okay. Ollie Stewart definitely kept it interesting. Their was plenty of shooting i thought, but the friends we were with liked it. I would recommend to bring a blanket and dress warmly if you come in the fall.
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Fort Gibson
"Enjoyed the show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2016 NEW
Starts out with some ozark humor. Show is great, some gun shots that is very loud. Lots of steps to get to seats. They let you come down to meet the cast at the end
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Vicksburg, Mississippi
"Great Show!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
We loved it! Along with the beautiful tram ride going to the theater, the show was thrilling to all ages. They provided extra attention to my mom, who is in a wheelchair, which was much appreciated. Loved the history this show provided, and all the excitement really captures your attention!
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"MUST SEE Do NOT miss this show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2016 NEW
Whatever you do in Branson do not miss Shepherd of the Hills. Ozark history comes alive and you are able to step back in time and see what started all of Branson tourism. I recommend you read the book first...and you definitely will be hooked. Harold Belle Wright is a wonderful author. Relates to all showing how to deal with life's problems, adventure, and romance with history of Ozarks included. It is amazing to see how a book that was published 100 years ago is being portrayed today. This is located on the "strip" but will take you far away from all the hustle/bustle of Branson in a quiet, soothing, and relaxing way. Visited the tower but did not do the zipline.
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Palestine, Arkansas
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2016 NEW
I loved the storyline and the message behind it. The staff and cast were all super friendly. I recommend wearing a coat or bring a blanket if you come in the fall. Well worth the money!

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.