Deep beneath the surface of the lake area explorers can discover hundreds of miles of caves. Talking Rock Cavern in Branson West is a great place to start exploring this unique aspect of Ozark Mountain Country. When the spelunker in you is satiated, keep on exploring above ground. Enjoy hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, trout and bass fishing, hunting, trap and skeet shooting, and recreational and competitive sporting activities at dozens of public parks, beaches, resorts, campgrounds, forests and recreational facilities.
There are numerous rivers to float and fish. A picnic atop a bald knob is a sure fire way to capture a kiss. Capture some amazing photos too at the Butterfly Palace or simply grab a bottle of water and hit the trails. Within the city limits of Branson, guests can hike the trail at the 1,574-acre Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, just west of Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, on Hwy. 76. The 130-acre Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, located just off Hwy. 76 on Fall Creek Road, offers three hiking trails, a cave and a view of Lake Taneycomo.
Missouri's 1.5-million acre Mark Twain National Forest offers guests a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities in and around the nearby towns of Kimberling City and Forsyth in Stone and Taney County respectively.