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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
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
"Typical Tourist Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2017
I believe this to be an acquired taste. I loved theater when I was younger, but as I got older; it lost its thrill to a degree. If you’re in the area and just looking to take in some of the typical tourist attractions then this would be a popular one to add to your list. For me however, it was a sub-par experience. The play is from a book trilogy by a Christian minister; but the acting of the story wasn’t what kept my attention. There was really only one part that caught my eye, and that was when they caught the log cabin on fire. I don’t know if it was the heat, the uncomfortable seating or just the fact that the story line wasn’t personally intriguing for me; but I just couldn’t get into it. It was also quite expensive for the outdoor drama experience only; $35 per adult and $18 per child. They make efforts to get their guests involved by having a meet and greet with the cast, prior to the show, and they offer sack races and up close looks at the animals for the youngsters; but this wasn’t enough for it to be worth it for me.
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Springfield, Missouri, United States
"stay away."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2017
This is an outdated and overpriced experience which everyone in the family including my children thought was boring and a complete waste of time.Everything needs updated and I would advise you to save your money and time.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
"Trail of Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 27, 2016
We love holiday lights and have gone to see countless displays. This one is really sad. I would suggest you carefully look at the pictures and understand the entire thing is 80-85% animatronics that are tired and ugly. It may appeal to you but we thought is was really bad. The tower was a dud as well and needs to be remodeled. So Sorry folks. I really prefer to tell you good (or great) things.
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David S
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
"Family entertainment"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 25, 2016
Christmas Eve dinner show was quite enjoyable. The food was okay (not great), the 8-piece band very enjoyable, and the service very good. Going through the Trail of Lights was crowded and slow, but a nice tour on Christmas Eve.
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North Chicago, Illinois
"Trail of Lights???....more like "Trail of Tears""
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 25, 2016
This was quite possibly the lowest low point of any Christmas experience that any of our party had ever been exposed to. We were mislead by reviews online that spoke of "mystical and exotic Christmas lights of wonder" or numerous excerpts of supposed authentic reviews where people called it "the most amazing display we have ever seen". .....I can't understand how anyone left this place impressed unless they were shot up with LSD prior to the start of the trail. I am here today to be a voice of reason for all who are sophisticated enough to read......Do Not....I repeat DO NOT be fooled, the Trail of Lights may have had 2.5 miles of Christmas light displays but 95% of them were from 1982 and had lights missing or old mechanical technology.....Kevin McCallister utilized more ingenuity in Home Alone 1 when he used manikins and a life size Michael Jordan cutout to trick the Sticky Bandidts into thinking his entire family was home having a Christmas party the night the bandits were first intending to break in. For the sake of you not losing confidence in yourself to make good sound decision, keep driving past the Trail of Lights misleading LED light entrance display and know that the rest of the trail is outdated and broke. You will save $20-$35 and your wife will still look at you like you are a real man if you don't do take them to the Trail of Tears and for that I say, you are welcome.

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.