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
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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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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Becky B
" Nice trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 30, 2018 NEW
We take 2 trips a year with our kiddo and Grandma. Since Grandma just broke her back last summer, we weren't sure if she could do it. They were so accommodating with her. Very fun yet relaxed staff. The horses are well kept and this ride made us feel at home. A huge thanks to the staff!
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ndaafarmer
Montrose, Iowa
"Atv course"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2018 NEW
If you are looking for a great time and adventure look no further than shepherd of the hill Atv rides. The most fun we have had in branson. Jonny was our tour guide and made it a blast.
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lv2g0
Little Rock, Arkansas
"Trail rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2018
We took a one hour trail ride through the property. The horses were calm/gentle. The trail guides (2 with our group of 8) were knowledgeable and friendly. The scenery was beautiful. Would definitely recommend this!
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Missi L
"A walk back in time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 14, 2018
What a beautiful story! My kids, husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the play this past fall. We have seen the play many times over the years and are never disappointed. We are all thrilled that the current owner is actively updating the grounds and bringing new and fun things to make us keep coming back. Can't wait to see what new things have been added this summer.
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skipreader
Timonium, Maryland
"So Glad This Historic Play Is Still Operating! Please support it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2018
"The Shepherd of the Hills" play is based on the best selling book of the same name authored by Harold Bell Wright. At one time this was the second biggest selling open air play in the world, second only to The Passion Play in Arkansas. There are numerous activities and gift shops at the Shepherd of the Hills homestead including several historical buildings, primarily Old Matt's Cabin. The actors in the play are local folks who do an excellent job and many of the roles have been passed down to fellow family members over the years. I go way back to the original location set-up when we sat on actual split log benches and the show was actually stopped one night when a skunk walked through the audience seating area...you never saw people scatter so fast in your life. It startled the actors who actually stopped the play until the skunk has passed and re-started the play from there. Now it's a nice modern arena, with much better lighting, designed specifically for the play. Did I mention they burn down a building on stage every night? Oh, and the front row seats are the best because the animals running by throw up dirt clods into your lap. Talk about realistic special effects! This is not a Broadway play, this is a Southern MIssouri play about what life was really like back in the old days and I think you'll really like it. I know I do and have and over the years I've seen the play six times! Go...enjoy!
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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.