Explore & Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Once you set sight on the majestic mountains covered with rich greenery, enchanting waterfalls and expansive lakes, you will be astonished at the wondrous beauty of the Ozark Mountains. In addition to offering amazing scenery, the natural wonders of the Ozark Mountains create a huge playground which is fantastic for a plethora of outdoor activities. Hit the trails for a hike or ATV ride and explore Mark Twain’s National Forest, which spans 1.5 million acres. Hop in a raft or canoe and float down 25 miles of the North Fork of the White River or dive into a world of adventure at Table Rock Lake. Water enthusiasts flock to this playground for water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, scuba diving and carefree swimming while anglers cast their lines for largemouth bass and catfish. Be sure to stop and enjoy the rushing streams and breathtaking waterfalls at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. For an experience like no other–head underground! Tour the Fantastic Caverns and explore an underground riverbed filled with crystallized formations and check out vistas in the caves where Indian tribes, Civil War soldiers and moonshiners used to take refuge.

Golf enthusiasts will truly appreciate the combination of crisp mountain air, picturesque scenery, rolling hills, and pristine greens. Choose from several championship courses to play eighteen holes. If you want to pick up the pace for a day, head to the nearby town of Branson. Coined the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” Branson is well known for its live entertainment and amusing attractions with more than 100 shows on 49 stages.

Outdoor Attractions

  • Sail on the Branson Belle, a paddlewheel riverboat dinner cruise on Table Rock Lake. You can also create your own adventure on the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail. Spanning 2.2 miles, it’s fantastic for a walk or bike ride.
  • Head to the Gaston Visitor Center located in the Bull Shoals-White River State Park for a historical and cultural experience. The magnificent views of the park’s natural wonders can be seen from the two-story observation deck.
  • Plunge into fun at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, an all-natural water park formed millions of years ago by volcanic action and swift-flowing currents.

    Outdoor Traveler Vacation in Ozark Mountains, Missouri

    The magnificent Ozark Mountains area is a four-season playground where the great outdoors offers tons to see and do. To switch up the pace, head into Branson, the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” and revel in the excitement.

    Here are some suggestions of things to see, places to go, and activities to do:

    • Discover over 225 species of live animals at Wonders of Wildlife!
    • Go fly fishing on Lake Taneycomo, one of the nation's best trout lakes.
    • Rent a canoe and paddle down the clear waters of the Buffalo National River, America’s first National River.
    • Hop aboard the Branson Scenic Railway and travel 40 miles roundtrip through the Ozark foothills and tunnels.
    • Join the crew on the Ride the Ducks tour for an Ozarks educational experience by land and water!
    • Check out huge granite boulders that resemble elephants at Elephant Rocks State Park.
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