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New Table Rock Lakeshore Trail along Branson's Table Rock Lake

by Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull
published: Mar 15, 2005

Table Rock Dam trail head for Lakeshore Trail
Thanks to the combined efforts of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Herschend Family Entertainment Corp, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and an investment of $500,000 visitors and residents alike can enjoy a new 2.2 mile multi use Table Rock Lakeshore Trail. Completed late in the fall of 2004, the trail provides easy access to areas of Table Rock Lake that most have not seen before and runs from the south side of Table Rock Dam, at the Dewey Short Visitor Center, to the State Park Marina..


The eight foot wide paved trail is available for both hiking and biking, has restrooms available at various points, and meets the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. That coupled with the relative flatness of the trail and convenient entry and egress points makes the trail available and useable for the enjoyment of those who might not normally be able to experience the natural beauty and grandeur of the Ozarks outdoors and Table Rock Lake.


View of Table Rock Lake from trail
The trail goes through woodlands, over wet weather creeks, and has long stretches that run close to the Table Rock’s shore line. Those traveling on the trail can expect to see native fauna, animals like an occasional deer, and birds of all varieties. One of the neat aspects of the trail is that it makes areas of the Table Rock Lake shorelines that were previously inaccessible to most accessible to all.


The trail passes through or within viewing distance of the White River Landing, the home of the Show Boat Branson Belle and the Table Rock State Park, camp grounds, marina, and boat launching ramp. In the state park the trail provides convenient access to its public use and picnic area.


The trail is open from dawn to dusk to foot traffic, bicycles, skateboards and scooters. The only motorized vehicles permitted on the trail are motorized wheelchairs. The trail can be conveniently accessed from three, trailhead, locations: the Dewey Short Visitor Center, the Showboat Branson Belle (during seasonal operating hours) and the picnic area at Table Rock State Park.

Originally Published In the Branson Courier on Mar. 15, 2005.


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