Every year, the hills of the Ozarks seem to catch fire. The leaves burst into outrageous oranges, ravishing reds, and gorgeous golds, announcing that autumn is finally here. Unfortunately, this beautiful blaze is short-lived and before you know it, those colorful leaves will have fallen to the ground. If you want to catch the fall foliage in Branson MO when it is at its peak, research is crucial. Scroll down to learn when the leaves will be most beautiful and where to go if you want to appreciate the area’s natural, autumnal beauty.
Fall Foliage in Branson MO 2014
Generally, leaves in Branson start to change color in late September or early October, but you’ll have to wait a few weeks if you want to see the leaves at their most brilliant. Mid to late October will be your best bet, though the colors might still be ravishing in early November. If you want to get even more specific, use this guide created by the Missouri Department of Conservation for fall foliage updates. We can’t tell you exactly when the trees will be at their peak, but if you visit Branson around this time, you’re sure to see quite a show. What a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of autumn!
So where should you go in and around Branson if you want a great view of the colorful trees? Try these driving and walking tours:
Fantastic Fall Foliage Driving Tours
This 90-minute drive will take you around Table Rock Lake, through Kimberling City, and over two historic truss bridges. There will be beautiful views of the lake and mountains, and if you like, you could take a detour to Indian Point or Dogwood Canyon.
If you want a quick trip that won’t take you too far outside of Branson, check out this 70-minute drive. You’ll drive through downtown Branson, Forsyth, and Rockaway Beach. Plus, you’ll have great views of the foliage surrounding Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals.
If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, consider taking this 4-hour driving tour of Bull Shoals Lake, Peel Ferry, and Mark Twain National Forest. You’ll pass through two states (Missouri and Arkansas) and view stunning scenery.
If you’d rather view the festive foliage on foot, try this walking tour. It should take about 50 minutes if you walk or 25 minutes if you jog. The journey will take you on a walking path alongside Lake Taneycomo, to a water and fire fountain show, through downtown Branson, and to a train depot. If you have some extra time on your hands, you could visit North Beach Park, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or ride on the Branson Scenic Railway.
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The peak time for fall foliage is just around the corner, so if you’re planning to visit Branson during this period, be sure to book your accommodations soon! Might we recommend Branson Vacation Rentals? We have a variety of cozy cabins and condos available, some of which have great views of the colorful Ozark hills each fall. Browse our cabins, condos, villas, and cottages online, or give us a call at 417-832-9991 to learn more.