Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area: Homesteaders Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."