The Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower
Open Year Round 9AM to 5PM Inspiration Tower is Branson’s “landmark on the horizon” — a massive 230′ tall structure located on Inspiration Point, which is the highest point in Southwest Missouri. Constructed in 1989, the Tower’s opening celebrated the 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright’s first visit to the area. It weighs 3 million pounds, cost approximately $1.5 million to build, contains over 92,000 pounds of structural steel, and can withstand a constant wind of 172 mph or gusts of up to 224 mph! A convoy of 43 concrete trucks filled the Tower foundation, which contains five miles’ worth of rebar weighing 34.5 tons. The Tower also contains over 4,400 square feet of glass – enough to cover a third of a football field!
Two glass elevators transport visitors to the spacious, enclosed observation deck. An audio tour directs visitors to landmarks and points of interest on the horizon. The panoramic views are absolutely phenomenal, in any season. On a clear day, you can see over 90 miles.
Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like on their visit.
There’s a gift shop and restrooms on the ground level. During November and December, Inspiration Tower is transformed into the Ozarks’ largest Christmas tree for the Trail of Lights. The Tower is open year-round.
The Tower is also the launching point for the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider.
What to know –
Reservations are not necessary for this attraction.
The Tower has a separate entrance and parking lot, just on down from the main entrance to The Shepherd of the Hills.
During the summer months the Tower is open until dark.
Tickets for the Tower can be combined with tickets to the Historic Homestead Tour and the Outdoor Drama for a fun day of activities.