Branson Locations – Exploring the South Side of Branson
By Ginger Groves, Rental Director
Although there are a lot of great Branson locations running up and down the main Strip in Branson, you don’t want to miss all the super scenic activities you can explore just south of town, all while avoiding the potential for Branson traffic.
Just a few short miles past Branson’s southern city limits, east of Highway 65, you will find the quaintest, friendliest, newest, full service airport imaginable. We’re all familiar with Bass Pro. Well, it looks like an airport / Bass Pro / Country Music Video. I would almost expect to sit by Larry the Cable Guy. It’s that country. The airport, privately funded, has an awesome drive through upscale housing and even a golf course. Last time out, I saw six deer and one wild turkey all in this one Branson location.
Next, continue south on 65, then turn west on Highway 165 and drive by Baird Mountain and skirt Table Rock Lake. Baird Mountain was where they took most of the rock to construct Table Rock Dam. You will find several scenic overlooks along Highway 165 giving views of two distinctively different lakes, Table Rock and Taneycomo. Stop and visit the Dewey Short Visitor’s Center and find out the distinctively different kinds of fishing available on both the “Big Lake” and the “Cold Water Lake”. Moonshine Beach, a Corp of Engineers park, provides an Ozark Swimming Beach and panoramic view.
Want to take a boat ride? Well, you can rent anything at State Park Marina Branson location. Try a pontoon or jet ski. If you would rather be pampered, let Branson Showboat Belle do the cruising and fix your dinner to boot.
Below the Dam you can see the Missouri Conservation’s way of raising trout for Lake Taneycomo. Shortly west of the dam, take 265 north to Highway 376 to rejoin the Strip. However, if you are Silver Dollar City visitor, remain on 265 and you will hit the strip at almost the entrance of the park and avoid any Branson traffic tie ups.
There’s bright lights to be seen throughout Branson proper, but the lake views, you simply don’t want to miss these Branson locations.