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Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

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Address: Fall Creek Road, 2 blocks south of Highway 76, near Dixie Stampede, entrance on left., Branson, MO
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Quite a hike

The trail down to the grotto does not loop. The map at the trail head is deceptive. It goes to the top of the grotto. Beautiful hike. Great adventure. Hold hands of little ones... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Emily N
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My review for runners and trail runners. For those who like combination of hiking and slow running this would be nice. Technical, well marked, difficulty rating on map i accurate. The blue trail down to river is very, very steep with series of winding steps 20 minute climb just getting back to top. Marked as easy on map. Red loop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

The trail down to the grotto does not loop. The map at the trail head is deceptive. It goes to the top of the grotto. Beautiful hike. Great adventure. Hold hands of little ones closely. (Our youngest is 7).

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omaha,nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We hiked the trails on a 45 degree day but warmed up once we kept hiking to find the caves. It was well worth the adventure to hike along the Lake and find the hidden caves and waterfall area (which was dry when we were there at Thanksgiving). If you go off trail, be sure you are prepared for a... More 

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Take one of many trails and enjoy a beautiful day in the Branson area. The trail with the 300+ steps will take you to the lake!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Wonderful trails from easy to difficult. Trails run alongside Lake and deep into the woods. Visit the Cave and the Waterfall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

First time for this area. Nice trails even though right in town. Well marked & wooded. Great views! Clearly states mileage, degree of difficulty & good maps!

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Holly, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great oasis of peace and nature in the middle of the city of Branson. Had a great hike there. Took the blue route to the bottom and was rewarded with beautiful trails, small caves and a natural waterfall. Well worth the trip and it is free. Definitely family friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Sitting amidst the various theaters in Branson, is this wonderful nature park. It has simple trails, un-groomed wilderness and a diverse ecosystem. The LFWA was once a large tract of land with a stone summer home on it. The owner sold it to the city to prevent development on it. There are easy hiking trails and also more difficult trails... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very nice hiking area! Most trails are well marked with colored arrows. I do recommend that you wear hiking boots or sturdy tennies...not flip flops! The Bent Tree Loop Trail parallels Lake Taneycomo. We combined a number of trails so that we had a worthwhile hike! The waterfall was dry on 10/03/16 but it was still worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Several trails to choose, from easy to hard. We went toward the waterfall and cave. I guess it had not rained in a while, the water fall was dry. But still a pretty area. Compared to all the other touristy attractions in the area, this one is free.

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