Total Mileage/Average drive time
47 miles, 1 hour, 9 minutes
Take a down-home, back roads trip from Ozark to Table Rock Lake and let the Ozarks surround you with adventure.
1. Ozark - Starting Point
The name Ozark means top of the arch in French. Here, you'll find a truly charming town that's steeped in Civil War history. The Smallin Civil War Cave has a spectacular entrance, the largest cave entrance in Missouri. A guided cave tour includes unique cave life, fossils, and artifacts, but for more adventure, sign up for the off-trail, wild tour where you walk through knee-deep water and maneuver over brimstone dams to the majestic Mushroom Formation. Historic Civil War tours include dinner around a campfire and a nighttime tour of the cave by lantern light. Say "cheese" at Heather Hill Farms and Osceola Cheese, offering over 150 varieties of cheese that are out of the ordinary from around the world.
2. Branson - 29 miles, 33 minutes
World-class entertainment awaits you in Branson, the "Live Music Show Capital of the World." With over 30 theaters and 100 performances to choose from, you'll never be at a loss for entertainment as you tap your toes to the sounds of country music and nostalgic crooners; be amazed by comedy acts, circuses and Elvis impersonators. Relax in historic downtown Branson, a great place to people-watch; you might see the world-known entertainers and performers out and about, enjoying the city, too.
America's Best Campground
Branson, (800) 671-4399
3. Kimberling City - 18 miles, 36 minutes
Get your fun on at Kimberling City, home to Table Rock Lake, the Ozark's rustic family playground serving up gorgeous scenery, pristine shorelines and a lake perfect for swimming, tubing, skiing, scuba diving, fishing and boating. Stretch your legs with a hike in the mountains, scout out local flora and fauna on a nature walk, or take off on two wheels and cruise down miles of biking trails. Pull up a lawn chair and enjoy the free summer Bluegrass Concert Series held annually from May to September.