The 2.2-mile paved Table Rock Lakeshore Trail hugs the coastal contours of Table Rock Lake, providing scenic views and the chance to see a variety of flowering trees and plants (from dogwood in spring to Queen Anne’s Lace from May to October) as well as spot native squirrels, armadillos, turkey vultures, Eastern bluebirds and, in winter, bald eagles, loons and osprey.
Open to hikers, joggers, bikers, skateboarders, roller-skaters and motorized wheelchairs, it has relatively flat terrain and benches, picnic sites, restrooms, water fountains and bike racks.
It’s accessible from the Dewey Short Visitor Center, the Showboat Branson Belle, Table Rock State Park and the State Park Marina. Expect to hike about 60 to 70 minutes one way if you hike its entire length from the Dewey Short Visitor Center to the State Park Marina.
Bikers looking for a longer or more rugged workout should check out the nearby White River Valley Trail.