Dewey Short-Tablerock Lakeshore Trail
Posted on March 14th, 2011
This popular paved walking trail meanders 2.2 miles along scenic Table Rock Lake from the Dewey Short Visitor Center near Table Rock Dam past the Showboat Branson Belle Landing to the Table Rock State Park Marina. Visitors using the trail in the spring will view dogwood, serviceberry and redbud trees in bloom as well as many wildflower species. During the fall season, visitors are treated to nature’s colorful fall foliage. One of the unique aspects of the trail is that it has long stretches that run close to Table Rock’s shore line, passing through areas of the Table Rock Lake shoreline that were previously nearly inaccessible. The trail will take you by the Showboat Branson Belle where you can appreciate their beautiful park-like landscaping, and it also takes you through Table Rock State Park that offers many additional recreational opportunities. The trail goes through woodlands and over wet weather creeks so expect to see native fauna, squirrels, an occasional deer and birds of all varieties.
The eight-foot-wide paved trail, which meets the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, is available for both hiking and biking and has restrooms available at various points. Coupled with its level pathway and convenient entry and egress points, the Lakeshore Trail allows nearly everyone the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and grandeur of the Ozarks outdoors and Table Rock Lake.
Table Rock Shoreline Trail is open from dawn to dusk to foot traffic, bicycles, skateboards and scooters. The only motorized vehicles permitted on the trail are motorized wheelchairs. The trail can be conveniently accessed from three, trailhead, locations: the Dewey Short Visitor Center, the Showboat Branson Belle (during seasonal operating hours) and the picnic area at Table Rock State Park.