Things to Do

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

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Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

Located 5.3 miles west of Route 65 on Branson’s strip (Route 76), this 1,534-acre area invites visitors to take a walk on one of several trails that cross this mostly forested site and enjoy the natural beauty that has drawn visitors to this area for generations. A 0.4-mile trail leads from the main parking lot (south end of area) to a 40-foot viewing tower. A longer trail, the Henning Homesteaders’ Trail, begins at the north parking lot (accessible from Route 248) and takes visitors past the remains of several homestead sites. 

Trails also run through glades, bottomland forest and other natural features. Trails are open to foot traffic only. Bicycles, horses and all types of motorized vehicles are not permitted. Camping and hunting are not permitted. Fishing is permitted at Roark Creek on the area’s north end, but due to the stream’s intermittent flow, angling opportunities are minimal.

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3601 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy.
Branson, MO 65616

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking In Designated Areas Or Specified Guestrooms Only
Cost Of Admission
Free Admission
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Not Required
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages