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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 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
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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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deniseB6419BH
Houma, Louisiana
"Family oriented"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2016 NEW
We spent most of the day here. Started with the tram tour of the property, getting a lesson on the Shepherd of the Hills book. Then did the observation tower, ate a sandwich, then we did the 4:00 dinner and show. The dinner was a chuck wagon themed meal. Brisket, beans etc. which was good, the show is Ozark mountain music based on cowboy bunkhouse music. Then we did the big night show. This is a production, large cast, animals etc. which reenacts the book.
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jhatcher2016
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Great fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2016 NEW
My son who is 5 years old was interested and engaged to this outdoor theater show through the whole thing. We had a great experience and this was the 2nd time we have been as a family and will go again in the future.
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kentbevo
The Woodlands, Texas
"Fun Evening Under Stars"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2016 NEW
Saw the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor play with my wife and enjoyed it as it told the story of the Ozarks settlers. A fun evening.
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Bob U
Dallas, Texas
"Interesting Tour and beautiful views from the tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2016 NEW
My wife and I stopped by here on our 2nd visit to Branson. I went up in the tower, beautiful views for miles and miles. We both went on the tour, and the guide was fantastic. For the tour, you sit on a covered trailer that is driven by the guide. 1st stop is the original log cabin. The guide does a great job showing the inside of the cabin, and explaining the story behind the book. The cabin is loaded with lots of stuff original to the house. The tour then drives around the property, down to the set for the show (we did not see the live show). The history behind the place is very interesting, the scenery is beautiful and it was a very enjoyable afternoon. Definitely recommend going to this if you have the time.
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LWill2
"Gorgeous evening under the stars!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2016 NEW
First I would suggest you read the book to get the most out of this play. The book is fictional but is based on real geographical locations. The actors are locals but do a good job telling the story. We all enjoyed it and will try to do it again next year.

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.