Trail rides, Creation Museum, and North America’s Tallest Cross

A replica of Jesus’ tomb at the Creation Experience Museum.
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A replica of Jesus’ tomb at the Creation Experience Museum.

In the last issue of the Branson Register, we told you about heading north on Hwy. 65 to check out some attractions. We stopped first at Bonniebrook, museum and historical home of Rose O’Neill and next at the Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain

Then we made our U-turn on Hwy. 65 and a short distance back south was the Bear Creek Trail Rides. Unfortunately, they were closing for the day, so we didn’t get to ride any of the horses. However, we did take a trail ride there a few years ago, and it was lots of fun. My horse was named Arnold, and the thing I remember best is when Arnold decided he needed to make a run for it. Luckily the trail was narrow, and there was a single line of horses in front of us so he couldn’t run very far. From then on, Arnold just took his time, stopping to graze whenever he wanted to, and I let him. Bear Creek Trail Rides, located at 3400 U.S. Hwy. 65 in Walnut Shade, is open Saturday to Thursday and you can call 417-337-7708 for exact hours and schedule a ride.

Back on the road, the next stop was at a place we’ve wanted to visit ever since it opened. The Creation Experience Museum, at 4180 U.S. Hwy 65, in Walnut Shade. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday with the last tour of the day beginning at 4 p.m. Admission for the guided tours is free, but they do appreciate donations at the end of your visit. The museum can be reached by phone at 417-337-7708 or through their website

The guided tour is a walkthrough of the week of creation based on the Bible. The museum has fossils, skeletons, dinosaurs, and many other artifacts and exhibits as well as video presentations and hands-on activities to lead you on your journey of truth. One of the goals of the museum is to “present scientific evidence that supports a Creator and creation and also present evidence that reveals the lack of scientific support for Darwinian evolution.”

Further south on Hwy. 65 at 4180 U.S. Highway 65, is the 218 foot, 20 stories tall cross billed as the tallest cross in North America. You can drive right up to the walkway to the cross. You cannot go to the top of the cross, but there is a beautiful view of the Ozarks its foot. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Please call 513-578-9916 or visit for more information.