Ziplines have become a popular attraction in the United States over the last couple of years. New courses have sprouted across the nation, with several zipline attractions located in Branson, Missouri. My favorite place to zip in the Ozarks is Branson Zipline at Wolfe Creek Preserve. They’ve excelled at creating an outdoor attraction that weaves Ozark legend with thrilling adventure.

I’ve zipped at Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours multiple times and each experience is unique and exciting. There are two courses to choose from – the Ozarks Xplorer Zipline Canopy Tour and Flying Prospector Zipline Canopy Tour. Ozarks Xplorer runs the full gamut of the Branson Zipline course, and traverses a total of seven ziplines and 10 skybridges. If you opt for the Flying Prospector Tour, you’ll start at the midway point of the Xplorer tour and complete four zips and cross seven skybridges.

Zipline in Branson for a thrilling outdoor experience

No matter which you choose, your tour will begin the same way. After meeting your guide, you’ll trek to equipment headquarters to get outfitted with zipping gear. Guides are there to help you adjust, secure and tighten your equipment. During this time, you can ask any questions you may have and lockers are also on hand to store any keys or cell phones. From there, you’re transported to the top of Wolfe Mountain in a Pinzgauer Army troop carrier to begin your adventure.

Before the first zip, guides go over the zipline equipment and lay down some rules. For instance, let them be the ones to connect your from cable to cable. They’re ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) certified and are there to ensure your safety. They also go over breaking procedures at Branson Zipline. Here, you don’t have to brake yourself by utilizing the zip cables. Instead a braking mechanism is in place to help you stop. This makes it much easier to relax and take in the feeling of soaring through the skies while you zip from tower to tower.

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Once it’s time to zip, the adrenaline really kicks in – especially for novices. The most important thing to keep in mind is the first leap is the hardest. But, once you’ve stepped off that first tower and zipped through the lush canopy of the Ozarks things change. Nervous thoughts that were running through your head are replaced with “I can’t wait to do that again!”  Throughout the tour your helpful guides also tell the story of Wolfe Creek Preserve, a tale-tale about Isaac Wolfe and his once-upon-home in these Ozarks hills. The narration adds character to the activity and is a special feature you won’t find at other zipping companies.

I highly recommend choosing the Ozarks Xplorer tour. It’s an all-encompassing experience and the best overall value. During this tour, you’ll get acclimated to zipping during the first half of the course, featuring three zips, all while taking in the beauty that surrounds you. Bask in the natural splendor of the Ozark Mountains and the breathtaking, scenic vistas of the countryside from towering elevations. A quick snack break of complimentary water and granola bars fuels you for the second half of the tour. The course’s longest skybridge leads to the last four ziplines, all of which up the ante a bit with faster, longer cables. Guides snap photos throughout the tour to capture your first zip, funny faces and goofy poses. Ham it up and you’re sure to get some memorable photos! They can be purchased at Wolfe Creek Station.

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You can add even more adventure to you day at Branson Zipline by tackling the Blue Streak Fast Line and Freefall Xpress. This zip is the ultimate thrill! You soar at heights of over 150-feet for a quarter of a mile, taking in panoramic views of the rolling mountains at top speeds. If that isn’t enough of a rush for you, the only way to get down from Everest (the tower platform) is to freefall. Yep! You heard right. Close your eyes, cross your heart and jump! You freefall half the height of the tower before a power fan contraption gently slows your fall and lowers you to the ground. It’s an awesome ending to your zip experience! Forget coffee – I could do this every morning as my wake up and greet the day with a smile!

Add Branson Zipline Canopy Tours to your Branson itinerary to see the Ozarks in an all new way.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The temperatures are cooling down in the Ozarks, creating the perfect weather for outdoor activities.  As we get further into September the beauty of the area is enhanced by the bold colors painting the trees. Accordingly, fall in Branson is one of the absolute best times of the year to experience the beauty of the region. 

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Silver Dollar City displays an abundance of harvest decor

1)  Visit Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City may feature over 4 million lights during its Old Time Christmas event. However, during their National Harvest Festival the trees are lit up all on their own.  The changing season of autumn brings a new scenic charm to the park.
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Ride the rails for a unique vantage point of fall colors

2)   Ride the Branson Scenic Railway

Entertaining and educational, a ride aboard the Branson Scenic Railway is even better during Autumn.  You can enjoy a 40-mile roundtrip excursion thru Ozark foothills and tunnels via dome cars, dining cars, and vintage coach seating.  The option is yours.
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Fall makes ziplining through the Ozark Mountains even better

3)   Go Ziplining

See the sights of Branson’s great outdoors in a whole new way – zipping through the canopy forest at Branson Zipline.  Located at Wolfe Creek Preserve in the Ozark Mountains, the ziplining tours offered at Branson Zipline feature multiple zips and skybridges.
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Take to the trails this fall in Branson

4)    Hit the Trails

With more than 200 miles of trails, the Branson area gives visitors plenty of ways to explore the scenery around them.  Below are three popular hiking areas in Branson.
Lakeside Wilderness Hiking Trail: A total of 4.4 miles of trails are available, with access to Lake Taneycomo.
Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area: On the western side of Branson, this more than 1,500 acre area has over 5.5 miles of trails.
Table Rock Lakeshore Trail: Running along the shores of Table Rock Lake, this trail is an easy 2.25 miles. In the surrounding area there’s an additional 13 miles to explore.
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5)    Play a Round

Golfing in Branson is a main attraction.  A variety of award-winning courses provide golf enthusiasts challenging yet rewarding places to play a round in the Ozarks.  The design of many of the courses highlight the natural setting of Branson, which is never brighter than in the fall. One of the absolute best is Top of the Rock. Built by Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops, it is a true testament to the heritage of the Ozarks.

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Ozark Mountain Country is one of the best places in the Midwest to experience fall. An explosion of color paints the mountains and valleys of the area, inviting all to take a closer look at the scenery of Branson, Missouri. You can see fall colors about anywhere as the entire countryside is awash with hues of reds, oranges and yellows. However, to get the full Branson fall foliage experience these five places are best. Read this list to find out where to go to get great views.

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Top 5 Places to see Branson Fall Foliage

1) Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
Located near the Dewey Short Visitor Center, this 2.2 mile trail combines vibrant fall foliage with sparkling views of the lake.

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Head to the Hwy 86 portion of the Mark Twain National Forest. Travel on Hwy 13 through Lampe and Kimberling City for a relaxing, picturesque drive complimented by views of Table Rock Lake.

3) Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
Tie you up your laces and take to the forest. At Lakeside, you can see fall foliage up close. In addition, trail leads to Lake Taneycomo, which is a highlight.

4) Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
Located between Branson and the entrance to Silver Dollar City, stop here for scenic vistas and access to hiking trails with sights of the White River Balds Natural Area.

5) Branson Landing
Walk the boardwalk path at the Landing to take in gorgeous views of the Lake Taneycomo bluffs in full autumn color.

Bonus: If you feel like venturing further for fall foliage sights, northwest Arkansas towns such as Jasper, Ponca and Silver Hill feature beautiful fall colors and border the Buffalo National River.


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Chances are theater shows come to mind when you think of Branson, Missouri. There are plenty of those, over 100 in fact. Beyond that, though, there’s another way to play in Branson. Hit the Branson golf courses for a round of golf on some of the most pristine courses in the nation. Award-winning greens create an abundant amount of holes to tee up to. Where should you take your irons while on a Branson vacation? Shuttle your golf cart to the best Branson golf courses for vacation fun that’s sure to be a hole in one!

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Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock Golf Course
9-hole, par 3 public golf course

Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops, worked with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer to create the unique Top of the Rock Golf Course. Crafted from the beauty of the Ozark landscape, the appeal of Top of the Rock is evident from the first putt. Located high above Table Rock Lake, the course fuses putting greens with meandering creeks, tranquil waterfalls, and stocked ponds in an effort to truly celebrate the natural beauty of the Branson area. The golf course ranges from 1,420 yards from the back tees to 945 yards from forward tees, and is the first-ever par-3 course to be included in a PGA Tour sanctioned event. It is also one of only eleven courses in the nation to be recognized by the Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

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Buffalo Ridge

Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course
18-holes over 7,036 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

Previously known as Branson Creek Golf Club, Buffalo Ridge has been extensively renovated by Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris. Located a few miles from Top of the Rock, the course was designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio. Key to the redesign was integrating more of the Ozark’s natural elements to the forefront, including enhanced water features and bunkers, as well as new approaches to holes and the additional of free-ranging buffalo. You won’t see that on just any golf course! The course has been rated the #1 Public Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and has been named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest, since 2001.

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Ledgestone Golf Course
18-holes over 6,881 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

Golf Digest has called Ledgestone a “masterpiece of mountain golf architecture,” and for good reason. Built into the Ozark Mountains, this course offers numerous challenges and rewards as golfers navigate its greens. Designed by Tom Clark, there are unique elevation changes requiring accuracy and skill to conquer. Dotted with creeks, rock outcroppings, ponds and wooded forests, the course blends beautifully with the local scenery. Located at Stonebridge Resort, it’s easy to stay for a couple nights and play the day away.

Branson Hills Golf Club

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Branson Hills Golf Club
18 holes over 7,403 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

Previously known as the Payne Stewart Golf Club, the Branson Hills Golf Club honors legendary golfers at each hole with the story of Stewart’s life still interwoven into the course. Branson Hills Golf Club is nestled in the picturesque Ozark Mountains surrounding Branson and offers golfers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience. Playing at 7,324 yards, this championship course challenges even the most advanced players. The course was designed by Chuck Smith with design consultant and PGA Professional, Bobby Clampett. It has been named the #1 course in Missouri for four years running by Golfweek.

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Thousand Hills Golf Resort
18 holes over 5,111 yards with a par of 64 (Public)

The only golf course located in the heart of Branson, Thousand Hills Golf Resort is easy to access and fun to play. In fact, it was rated 4-stars by Golf Digest in 2009. Visitors love to play this course as it caters to novice and professional with three sets of different tees. This ensures everyone who swings their irons will have a challenging yet enjoyable experience. Designed by Robert E. Cupp and Michael Riley, the course journeys through hardwood forests, rock formations, and cascading streams. You’d hardly imagine you were just minutes from the famous Branson Strip.

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Point Royale Golf Course
18 holes over 6,501 yards with a par of 70

Just off the beaten path in Branson, visitors can find Pointe Royale Golf Course on Hwy 165 near Table Rock Lake. Bermuda fairways, gorgeous bent green grass and sand and grass bunkers shape the course, as do eight different water holes. In fact, 12 out of 18 holes have some sort of water hazard making this one of the most aquatically challenging courses in Branson.

Book a tee time at one of the best Branson golf courses. Then, get ready for a premier golf experience right in the heart of the Midwest.


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The beauty of the Ozark Mountains is no secret. However, there is a place tucked away in the Ozarks that is a bit of a secret: Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Located about 16 miles south of Branson, this park is one of the most peaceful and picturesque places to visit in Southwest Missouri.

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During the fall season Dogwood Canyon is made even more beautiful as the foliage turns from green to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. Plus, temperatures are cool and comfortable so you can easily take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities available at the park without working up a sweat. At the over 10,000 acre facility visitors get access to a true wilderness experience.

Outdoor activities include:

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A round-trip paved trail covers 6 1/2 miles and is relatively level. It guides you past beautiful limestone bluffs and tumbling waterfalls, over bridges formed of native stone or hand-crafted of wrought iron, and even a covered bridge of Amish construction. Beautiful rainbow trout swim in clear spring-fed waters, easily visible as you pass by. Along the way expect to see a variety of native wildlife, with your best chance being earlier in the morning.

Horseback Riding
Gather your crew and head out to Dogwood Canyon for a one-of-a-kind horseback view of the majestic Ozark Mountains! A wrangler will guide your group on an unforgettable 1-2 hour trail ride. Travel to the tops of the ridges where you will take in some of the most breathtaking 360 degree views the Ozarks have to offer. Then make your way down the winding valleys and across rolling pastures filled with buffalo and longhorn cattle.

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Experience the adventure of traveling via Segway through Dogwood Canyon’s most breathtaking sites on this round trip tour to the Glory Hole, a magnificent blue-green pool where some of our largest trout reside.

Fishing
One of Dogwood Canyon’s greatest appeals is the sparkling, spring-fed water that is home to our beautiful rainbow trout. We offer half-day guided catch and release fishing, fly casting clinics, two day fly-fishing schools and hourly opportunities to keep or release. No license or trout stamp is required. Tackle and rental rods are available

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The Wildlife Tram Tour provides a comprehensive journey into this special property, taking about 2 hours. You will travel beyond the Glory Hole into the more rugged reaches of the canyon, cross the Arkansas border, and ascend some 300 feet to our bison, elk, and longhorn pastures. The tram tours are the number one attraction at Dogwood Canyon. They are handicap accessible and provide a comprehensive journey through this corner of the Ozarks.  While on the tram, do some wildlife spotting as herds of bison and elk still live on Dogwood Canyon grounds. Other herds on the grounds include whitetail deer and Texas longhorn cattle.

If you plan on spending the day at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, your best bet is to purchase the Adventure Pass. It cost $59.95 for adults and $34.95 for children, ages 3-11, per day. With it, you’ll enjoy access to walking, biking, wildlife tram tours, self-guided trout fishing, as well as discounts on Segway tours and trail rides.

The entrance to the nature park is located on Missouri Hwy 86. Enter 2038 Missouri 86 Lampe, MO 65681 into your GPS for navigation help.


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Cosmic Caverns

Cosmic Caverns

Caves are a signature Missouri attraction.  Missouri is not only known as the Show-Me-State but also as the cave state as there are more than 6,300 recorded caves in the state, with the number growing each year.  Most of Missouri’s caves are found south of the Missouri River in the Ozarks. 

To give visitors a look at these marvelous natural wonders many Branson caves offer guided tours so you can explore these geological wonders in safe, secure conditions. 
Three of the main cave tours in Branson are:

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Cosmic Cavern is one of Arkansas’ hidden treasures. You will see two bottomless cave lakes during your 1 hour and 15 minute tour. The first lake, South Lake, has had trout in it for nearly 50 years. See the newly discovered area “Silent Splendor.”  Silent Splendor houses one of the longest soda straw formations in the Ozarks, measuring over an incredible nine feet.

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Talking Rocks Cavern

Marvel Cave at Silver Dollar City
When visiting Silver Dollar City, a tour of Marvel Cave is always included with your ticket, with tours departing approximately every half hour, weather permitting. Marvel Cave is a wet limestone cave, complete with formations that are still alive and growing! To begin, you will travel 300 feet below the surface and enter the Cathedral Room. The breathtakingly beautiful Cathedral Room is the largest cave entrance room in the United States. The visitors’ trail consists of stairs and ramps. The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes, with most of that time spent climbing nearly 600 stairs. The strenuous nature of the tour requires us to not recommend the tour for visitors with heart or lung conditions, bad backs, weak knees or ankles. A trained cave guide will host your journey and provide you with interesting and entertaining anecdotes of historical or geographical importance.

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The hour long tour of Talking Rocks Cavern is what we refer to as “edutainment.” By this, I mean that we focus on education, as well as entertainment. It is educational in nature, as you will learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information while on your tour. The tour is also entertaining. Our cave guides are ready to answer questions that you may have, and can find answers to those questions that they may not already know.

Discover the beauty of these underground caverns by reserving tickets online with Reserve Branson.

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It’s that time of year: Spring is in the air and the great outdoors are calling! Most visitors associate Table Rock Lake with boating, fishing and swimming. But that’s not all this outdoor oasis offers. The Table Rock Lakeshore Trail is an ideal place to go for hike. So, lace up your favorite walking shoes and get ready to breathe in the fresh air of Branson.

To make your Table Rock hike easier, follow these tips:

– The main trailhead is located at the Dewey Short Visitor Center in the southwestern corner of the center’s parking lot.

Hike-ThinkstockPhotos-99403453– Two other trailheads are located nearby: The Showboat Branson Belle Trailhead and Table Rock State Park Trailhead.

– Parking is available at all three trailheads. Make note the Showboat Branson Belle Trailhead is open only during Branson Belle operating hours and parking can be quite difficult around show times.

– Table Rock Lakeshore Trail is 2.25 miles, and is an easy, paved path suitable for families.

– The trail is wheelchair accessible, and allows for motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs.

– Expect to spot various wildlife along the route. There are chances to see deer, red tail foxes, chipmunks, squirrels, bald eagles, osprey, ducks, cardinals, blue birds, and other species.

– Separated by the lake anywhere from 15-40 yards of trees, views of the lake are sporadic depending on the season but when they’re good, they’re really great!

– There are glades and dry woodlands on the upper side of the trail with oaks more than 200 years old.

– To view a detailed map of the trail, click here.

Want to explore even more of the great outdoors in Branson? Nearby, there are 11.75 miles of trails in the White River Valley Trail System, consisting of four varied loops, and the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery has nearly three miles of trails (easy to moderate) through forests and glades.

If you need additional information, you can always call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 417-334-4101 or visit their website.


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Today, Branson may be famous for its shows.  But before this Midwestern town became an entertainment hotspot visitors from near and far frequented the area for its outdoor activities and pristine natural landscapes. This beauty has transcended time, and is still one of the best reasons to visit the Ozarks.  To see a lot of the outdoor appeal of the area in a small amount of time hop aboard the Branson Scenic Railway

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Conveniently located in Downtown Branson, across the street from the Branson Landing, The Branson Scenic Railway has been operating out of this original depot since 1905.  When you travel on this train, fondly known as the “Mainline through the Ozarks,” you’ll ride the rails on a true commercial railroad line.  The train’s direction of travel – north or south – is determined just prior to departure by the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad.  On the northern tour you’ll travel to Galena, Missouri to the James River Valley while on the southern tour you’ll visit Arkansas and the Barren Fork Trestle.  As the train chugs along the rail line, you’ll see Ozark territory inaccessible by automobile and views unparalleled by other vantage points.  Adding to the scenic sights is a knowledgeable narrator, highlighting historic areas and landmarks, including tales of bygone towns such as Melva and Ruth. 

It’s easy to add a trip aboard the Branson Scenic Railway.  Generally, the train has three or four scheduled departures daily.  Each tour, which is 40 miles, lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes so you’ll have plenty of time to stroll through Downton or browse the paths of the Branson Landing afterwards. Seating is unassigned, but boarding numbers are issues in the order the reservation was made so it’s still recommended you reserve tickets in advance.  That said, it is encouraged for train guests to move about the cars and experience the views from every angle.  The wide windows of the lower level provide a decent expanse of the landscape, but the real views are found up top – in the panoramic dome cars. 

The train blows its whistle March to December.  Throughout their operating season they add special things to do aboard the train, which has been restored to its glory from fifty years ago.  April to October a dinner train is hosted each Saturday at 5pm. Four-courses over candlelight creates a retro night worth sharing.  In November and December guests take to the North Pole during The Polar Express Experience.  For fans of the class book, it’s a true treat.  Kids hitch a ride to the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus, enjoying live narration of the book, cookies and cocoa.  Once Old Saint Nick arrives, he visits each car and child presenting a special gift.  Festive calories and even a trip through a local light display add to the magic of The Polar Express.  Make reservations early for this one as it’s an extremely popular attraction and dates do sell out.  Note: The Polar Express ride lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

Add one of the Branson Scenic Railway excursions to your itinerary.  Each offers a different experience, yet all are worth the journey!  All aboard!

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Branson-Zipline-Fall-FoliageLooking for a fun way to see fall foliage in the Ozarks?  Reserve a tour with Branson Zipline and you’ll gain access to some of the best views of Branson ablaze with fall color.  Fly through the lush canopy, walk across skybridges and be treated to a paradise filled with adventure. 

At Branson Zipline Canopy Tours you can choose from three zipline tours:

Ozarks Xplorer Zipline Canopy Tour: With the Xplorer tour you can experience the entirety of the Branson Zipline course with all seven ziplines included, as well as 10 skybridges.    
Flying Prospector Zipline Canopy Tour:  Not sure if the full course is for you?  No worries.  This tour is perfect for newbies wanting to try out ziplining for the first time.  Four ziplines and seven suspension bridges are included.  
rsz_Branson Zipline collageBlue Streak Fast Line and Free Fall Xpress: The Blue Streak Fast Line is Branson Ziplines ultimate adrenaline rush.  You’ll nearly a quarter of a mile down the mountainside on the fastest line available, followed by a freefall drop from Everest Tower, the tallest platform at the attraction. I recommend the Ozarks Xplorer Tour as you experience the full range of fall beauty in the Ozarks, all complimented by the adventurous (yet safe!) ziplines and skybridges.  This time of year is truly one of the best seasons to go for a zip.  If your budget allows, I would also add the Free Fall Xpress to your ticket,  The feeling of a freefall drop is a favorite of mine.  For a few seconds, you fly like a bird – free and unhindered by the pull of a harness. 
Don’t think you’re ready to zipline just yet?  That’s okay.  You can still explore Wolf Creek Preserve at Branson Zipline with their Safari Guided Walking tour. An ecologically-knowledgeable guide will hike with you through the preserve, which is home to 100-foot tall, 200-year old white oaks, wildlife, and historic sites.  Plus, you can bring your camera on this tour so you can truly capture the beauty of the attraction during the fall season.

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Visitors to Branson, Missouri will want to embrace the beauty of the Ozarks at the recently reopened Top of the Rock. The facility is home to not only one’s of the nation’s finest golf courses, but a nature-based heritage preserve highlighting the best of the Branson area. In addition, there is an Ozarks natural history museum, a nature trail and a four-story cave with a waterfall, two new restaurants, a cliffside wedding chapel and a Civil War era honeymoon cabin built by Amish Craftsmen.

Bass Pro Shops founder, Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock owner Johnny Morris was the visionary behind the new design and offerings at Top of the Rock. The revamped Top of the Rock pays tribute to the people and animals that inhabited these lands long before us, and gives guests the opportunity to explore the Ozarks in an all-new way. You can see the beauty of Branson and Table Rock Lake, all while learning about the history and heritage of the Ozarks.

The jewel of Top of the Rock is the golf course, of which the entre facility is named after. Johnny Morris, along with golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer, have spent the past seven years creating one the most amazing golf experiences ever developed. Top of the Rock, known as the first ever Par-3 course to be included in a professional championship, features nature and golf at its finest. Perched high above Table Rock Lake, the peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, bass filled ponds and pristine lakes of Top of the Rock complete a true celebration of nature, the Ozarks and the game of golf. The experience includes Top of the Rock Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, and Arnold Palmer-designed Practice Facility, Tom Watson’s 70,000 square-foot putting course called the “Himalayas”, and Arnie’s Barn housing the Top of the Rock Pro Shop complete with historic photos and memorabilia from Palmer’s career achievements.

Attractions at Top of the Rock:

Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail: Go on a 2 ½ mile ride in an electric golf cart through the Lost Canyon Cave. Your self-guided Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail experience will begin at the Top of the Rock Welcome Center. Once inside the cave, view the magnificent centerpiece – the waterfall. Viewing balconies are available on all four levels, and there is even a cave bar accessible by a mining style elevator. Four seat golf carts are available and you must be 18 years or older to operate a golf cart. Cost: $20 Adults, $10 children 4-12 years.

Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum: This ground-breaking museum celebrates the rich ancient history of the Ozarks. It contains carbon-dated skeletons of ancient-Missouri creatures, true-to-life dioramas of animals that once roamed the Ozarks and several rooms featuring Native American and Osage Indian artifacts and artwork, Civil War historical items, and interactive displays for guests. One of the standouts of the museum is the skeletal structure of a giant Wooly Mammoth.

Chapel of the Ozarks: This three-story chapel is perched on a cliff overlooking Table Rock Lake, offering panoramic vistas of Branson’s premier lake and rolling mountains. A salute to iconic American country churches, arch windows, a copper roof, and a steeple with bell tower lend to an ethereal quality to every service.

Dining at Top of the Rock:

Osage Restaurant: The cornerstone of the Top of the Rock dining experience is the Osage Restaurant. It features American cuisine in a stunning dining room with sweeping Ozark Mountain Views. Decorate with custom artwork and native artifacts, the entire design is a stunningly elegant atmosphere.

Buffalo Bar: Located on the lower level of Osage Restaurant is Buffalo Bar offering a casual menu including wood-fired pizzas, premium cocktails, and open-air dining. A stone-lined stairwell leads from the Buffalo Bar to the expansive “End of the Trail” All-American Wine Cellar which includes a wine tasting bar, whiskey room and banquet space with glass doors that open to an infinity pool.

Arnie’s Barn: Unique in both design and cuisine, Arnie’s Barn is a 150-year-old wooden barn that was brought from Arnold Palmer’s hometown in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and reconstructed at Top of the Rock by a local Amish family. This magnificent structure houses a Mexican restaurant that features soaring, vaulted ceilings and two lofts and is also home to the Top of the Rock Pro Shop.
Reservations are suggested for dinner. Collared shirts and resort attire is required in all restaurants after 5pm for guests 12 years and older.

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