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Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

Girl with backpack at a waterholeIt was a great way to spend the last day of the year.  My thanks to Ruth and Paul Henning for the Henning Conservation Area near Branson, Mo.  Over 5 miles of well developed trails and beautiful vistas make for a good opportunity to get outside for a small hike.  Many of the trails were loops and offered new ground to see throughout the hike.  A good portion of the mileage is alongside a perfectly crystal clear stream that slips and falls over the rocky outcroppings in this glade area.  There are areas of significant elevation change, but all is clearly notated in the topographic trail maps at trail heads and scattered throughout the area.  There were some great heart-pumping stretches and would offer great trail running with benches for pit stops from time to time.  I give this area a hearty thumbs up and encourage you to remember sun-screen and bring more water than you think you’ll need as the climbs make for dry throats.