Stroller-Friendly Jogging in Branson

Just as a local media outlet proudly proclaims, "Tis a privilege to live in the Ozarks." After all, southwest Missouri boasts friendly people, entertaining attractions and plenty of jobs. But to truly appreciate the Ozarks, visitors and locals alike must make their way off the broken path and see the area through the eyes of its first settlers. And fortunately, there are plenty of hiking trails to guide one into the heart of Mother Nature's splendors.

Of course, as any parent knows, little ones tend to tire out, and most hiking trails aren't stroller friendly. Never fear, we've done the research for you and found stroller-friendly trails that still guide Branson hikers through some incredible Ozarks' scenes.

Lakeside Forest Trails

Hikers can enjoy a stroll through the wooded and rugged hill country of the 140-acre Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area. While trail 1 includes a set of 315 stonework steps leading down toward Lake Taneycomo, Trail 2 is fairly level and better suited for families with small children. Trail 2 winds its way through the oak-hickory forest and glades, making a 1.3-mile loop. In the springtime, the landscape is enhanced by a canopy of flowering redbud and dogwood trees. About halfway down the trail is a picnic area with tables, perfect for a family lunch or afternoon snack.

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

The trail, meandering along the shore of Table Rock Lake, features a 2.25-mile paved trail that is relatively flat. Hikers enjoy scenic views of the lake, as well as natural glades and dry woodlands, comprised of oaks older than 200 years. Springtime hikers are treated to an abundance of blooming trees, such as dogwood, serviceberry and redbuds, and colorful fall foliage in autumn. The area is also home to bald eagles, loons and ospreys. Table Rock Lakeshore hikers with strollers should be aware of intermittent slippery conditions based on weather conditions.

North Beach Walking Path

Hikers who prefer to take a walk in a more civilized environment enjoy taking a stroll along the scenic North Beach Walking Path, located on the banks of Lake Taneycomo. Included in Branson's North Beach Park. The 3/4-mile walking path is stroller-friendly and connects to the Branson Landing. The park features two fishing docks, picnic tables, barbeque grills and horseshoe pits.

Roark Creek Trail

The paved and picturesque Roark Creek Trail follows Roark Creek from Lake Taneycomo through the Roark Creek Valley. The 3.2-mile trail connects the Branson Landing with North Beach and Stockstill parks. Hikers with strollers should be aware, however, of the last 1/2-mile of the trail, which is unpaved and ends at a bluff overlooking the creek.

Sunset Park Walking Path

Located along Lake Taneycomo, Sunset Park features a newly paved and lighted .6-mile walking path. Walkers also enjoy exercise stations along the path, as well as a disc golf course that provides an element of entertainment for walkers. 

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