Best time to travel to Branson, MO

Branson Fall Foliage

For four to six weeks every year, Branson becomes the epicenter of Ozark's fall foliage observation


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Branson and its vicinity are known as Ozark Mountain Country. Many people visit southwest Missouri precisely to admire gorgeous trees that grow in the region: sumac, Virginia Creeper, black gum, and many common oaks and maples.

Best time to see fall colors in Branson

The golden season around Branson lasts from mid-September to November. During the peak time in mid-October, maples, oaks, and hickories start to change their palette. This period completely transforms the views of the city. It explodes with crimson, gold, and orange colors.

Autumn landscapes are best viewed from the many vantage points scattered throughout the city, in particular, Highway 165 Scenic Overlook, which is part of a 22 miles (35km) spectacular road. Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area covers about 1,534-acre (6.2-km2) and is suitable for a long nature walk. In this park, you will also find Dewey Bald, a 0.8-mile ( 1.3-km) hiking trail that features an observation tower. Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo Dam are perfect spots for an autumn picnic and contemplation. From all locations, you can see the abundance of famous Ozark trees. For the bravest, there are several locations around Branson where you can enjoy fall colors while riding the Runaway Mountain Coaster or a zip line. For adrenaline-boosting attractions, visit Walnut Shade, Shepherd's Adventure Park, or Wolfe Mountain.

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