MDC invites public to Nov. 27 guided hike along Lake Taneycomo

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BRANSON, Mo. – Because eating tends to be the focus of Thanksgiving Day, exercise is what many people have in mind in the days following this famed day of feasting.

If your post-Thanksgiving plans include getting in some physical activity and de-stressing, be sure to sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) “Walk Off the Turkey” hike on Nov. 27. The hike, which is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, will take place on a trail that runs along Lake Taneycomo. The hike will be approximately one mile in length on a trail that has moderate difficulty. This event is open to all ages. People can register at:

MDC Naturalist Leah Eden will lead the hike. Participants will meet in front of the Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center at 10 a.m. The hike will feature a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities so participants should bring binoculars and cameras. They should also wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water if desired, and dress for the weather. COVID-19 measures will be in place for this program.

The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center is part of MDC's Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and is located at 483 Hatchery Road in Branson. For more information, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at