Located in the Ozarks, Branson is popular visitor destination, owing to its mountain setting and numerous theaters and entertainment options. Most of the development is on the west side of the White River/Lake Taneycomo, which forms a bend on the east and southern side of the city. The options for running in Branson include some trails in the downtown area around Branson Landing, plus some parks and preserves nearby. Those who want some hill running have lots to choose from in this area!
The best place to run in central Branson is along the Branson Landing Boardwalk and the Roark Creek Trail which connects to it. Nearby, Lakeside Forest Wilderness Park offers some pleasant, wooded running. There are also great running trails in Table Rock State Park. Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a tourist spot with some good trails for running. The Ozark Mountain Highroad is a good option for a longer road run with great mountain views.
Those running in Branson should note weather can be very hot and humid in summer. Seek out some of the more wooded routes. It’s a great place for running in fall — add these routes to your foliage list!