Top of the Rock: An Amazing Branson Experience

Perched high above Table Rock Lake, Top of the Rock offers several amazing attractions including a signature golf course, cave and nature trail, history museum, wine cellear

You're about 10 minutes south of downtown Branson on Highway 65 when your eyes drift slightly upward as massive, neatly-stacked rocks draw your attention. Get your eyes back on the road. Take the turn west on Highway 86. Top of the Rock is waiting. You don't want to miss it.

While a par-3 course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus is perhaps Top of the Rock's signature attraction, the entire area is a playground of sorts, catering to those who enjoy natural beauty, history, great food and outstanding views.

Situated high above Table Rock Lake, Top of the Rock offers several distinct experiences for guests, and you quite literally can spend the entire day there. Read on to learn more about Top of the Rock's fun and unique attractions.

Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail 

Hop on a golf cart for a riding tour showcasing some of the area's natural beauty, including many table rock formations for which the nearby lake is named. Enjoy your stop in the Lost Canyon Cave and have a drink at the Bat Bar before continuing your tour.

Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum 

The only word to describe Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum is amazing. You will be wowed by the vast collection of American Indian artifacts on display. Other galleries and exhibits focus on prehistoric animals that roamed the Ozarks and the American Civil War.

Dining at Top of the Rock

  • Arnie's Barn - The barn was moved from golf great Arnold Palmer's hometown of Latrobe, Pa., and relocated to Missouri, where it was reassembled by Amish craftsmen. The menu at Arnie's Barn features Mexican cuisine, along with choices such as grilled salmon and mahi-mahi. 
  • Osage Restaurant - About two minutes’ walk from Arnie's Barn is Osage Restaurant, which offers a fine-dining menu and provides stunning views of Table Rock Lake. Choices at Osage Restaurant range from scallops to lamb to a 16-ounce ribeye. The restaurant's lower level houses the Buffalo Bar, where patio seating offers different, but equally beautiful views, of Table Rock Lake.
  • "End of the Trail" All-American Wine Cellar - Just a few steps from Buffalo Bar, the wine cellar is a premier spot for sipping wine and other drinks (whiskeys, cognacs) and for enjoying cigars.

Chapel of the Ozarks

Also at Top of the Rock is the Chapel of the Ozarks, which might be the most-photographed building on site. Table Rock Lake forms a beautiful backdrop for the chapel, which can be rented for weddings.

Top of the Rock Golf Course

Of course, the golf course is a major draw for guests and gives players the chance to say they've literally walked in the footsteps of legends. Top of the Rock is used by the PGA's Champions Tour for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament, which has drawn the likes of Nicklaus and Gary Player, along with Missourians Tom Watson and Hale Irwin. The sixth hole's island green is a signature feature.

Note that restaurant, museum and cave tour hours vary by season and you'll want to call ahead to book a tee time for the course.