Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area Homesteaders Trail

Branson, Missouri 65616

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area Homesteaders Trail

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area: Homesteaders Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Located on the west side of Branson, Missouri, is the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. This area used to be a state forest but is now a conservation area and offers visitors an opportunity to witness the natural and cultural significance of the area.

The 1,534-acre Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area is located in the White River Hills. The White River Hills are located on the west side of Branson and are known for their steepness, oak-hickory forests, and dolomite glades. Glades are small, desertlike areas that break up the mostly forested landscape here. These delicate, sunny glades are home to plants and animals not commonly associated with the Midwest. Eastern collared lizards, scorpions, tarantulas, and roadrunners have all found homes in these Ozark glades. When glades occur on ridges or knobs, they are often called balds. These areas play an important role in local folk history."

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Trail Information

Branson
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Missouri Department of Conservation, Branson Forestry Office, 226 Claremont Dr., Branson, MO 65616; (417) 334-3324; mdc.mo.gov Finding
Local Contacts
USFS Garber; self-guided-trail booklet available at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and Branson Forestry Office
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018