Shepherd of the Hills Homestead

5586 SR 76W
Branson, MO 65616- Map It
(417) 334-4191

AAA Editor Notes

Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is 2 mi. w. at 5586 SR 76W. This working homestead evokes the farm featured in Harold Bell Wright's novel “The Shepherd of the Hills.” Jeep-driven guided tours take visitors past Old Matt's Cabin, home of the leading characters, which contains most of its original furnishings. Also on the site are a gristmill, sawmill, smithy, wheelwright shop and a reconstructed church similar to those in which Wright preached during his years in the Ozarks. Stone statues of the book's characters stand on Inspiration Point, where the author lived. Inspiration Tower, standing 230 feet high, affords panoramic views of the hills and valleys surrounding the homestead and has the Ziprider, an exhilarating half-mile zipline ride. During the Trail of Lights celebration, which takes place nightly in November and December, the homestead is decorated with more than 80 festively illuminated drive-through displays.
Homestead tour $15; $8 (ages 4-16). Inspiration Tower $8; $4 (ages 4-16). Ziprider $29.95. Trail of Lights drive $12; $6 (ages 4-16); $35 (carload). Combination ticket for theater, homestead tour, Inspiration Tower and Ziprider $50; $25 (ages 4-16).
Hours: Homestead open daily 10-5, May-Oct. Guided tours depart Mon., Wed. and Fri.-Sat. on the hour beginning at 10. Last tour begins 30 minutes before closing. Tower open daily at 9 a.m. Closing time varies from 5 to 8 p.m. (midnight when the tower is lighted for the holidays). Trail of Lights daily dusk-midnight, Nov.-Dec. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.