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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 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
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Batesville, Arkansas
"Traffic guys are jerks!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2016 NEW
This is always a mainstay attraction for us. Always busy, but whoever they hired for directing traffic should be sent packing. You know what they say, "give a redneck a flashlight...". The trail didn't seem as well lit in some areas and I had to flip on the lights a time or two to see where I was going. We'll be back but hope the help is better.
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Christine C
"Trail of Lights "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2016 NEW
My husband and I drove through the Trail of Lights Christmas Light display and thoroughly enjoyed it. While it isn't high tech, there was a lot to it and obviously a lot of work went into it .It is something you would definitely want to do on a night when you could have your car windows down(with the heater on of course) so that you can hear the music as you drive through the display. At the end your ticket also gives you a ride to the top of the Inspiration Tower. Definitely worth $12 each and we will make a tradition when visiting Branson at Christmas time.
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Branson, Missouri
"Christmas on the Trail - make it a new tradition!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2016 NEW
We went to the show with our family of five, and some other fam, too. It was an absolutely enjoyable night, and did the heart good! Great (and VERY filling) dinner, nice Cowboy Christmas show, the 2 1/2 mile trail of lights, and Inspiration Tower are all included. The cost seemed high at first, but with all that was included, it makes sense now. Worth it! Our 5-year-old son got a little bored in the second part of the show, but even then, there was enough to keep him and our other children entertained until the end. And, what a great focus on Jesus - the real reason for the season! I'd recommend going on a weekday, as the crowds are not as bad.
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Branson, Missouri
"Christmas on The Trail"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2016 NEW
Had a great meal with wonderful "cowboy" Christmas music and stories! Found it to be very entertaining! Followed it with a tour of the 2 1/2 miles of beautifully delightful Christmas scenes and lights. It was cold (our church group rode the trams) but a good time was had by all!
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Omaha, Nebraska
"Great Tourist attraction-Christmas Lights are the Best"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2016 NEW
They have a drive thru Christmas animated light display. It was fabulous and it seemed like it never ended. It was definitely worth the $ we paid to enter. I actually looked for a place at the end to give an additional donation toward the display. Must see!

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.