Branson Area: Springfield to Branson, MO Professional Review and Guide
"A 56-mile drive beginning at Springfield and heading south through the scenic and rugged White River Hills to Branson. This drive begins in a part of the Ozarks known as the Springfield Plateau. When land was uplifted over a period of time to form the Ozarks, this region of primarily limestone bedrock took the shape of a broad dome. Creeks and streams flow out in all directions from the high point of the plateau, which today is about 1,400 feet above sea level.
The slopes are forested, and grassy areas called glades are common on the more exposed south and west aspects of hills. Although much of the Springfield Plateau has been converted to pasture and row crops, the White River section still offers extensive wild areas and tremendous views. Special attractions: Fantastic Caverns, Dickerson Park Zoo, Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area, Branson, Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre, Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Table Rock Lake and State Park, Dewey Short Visitor Center, Lake Taneycomo, and College of the Ozarks; scenic views, hiking, camping, fishing (including trout), boating, swimming, spring and fall colors, and country music and entertainment."