That area of the country has some of the most beautiful scenery you can find anywhere in the U.S.. Also, the fishing in the area is fantastic. At least it was 40 years ago. From what I've heard that most of the area is still quite beautiful.
We had family friends that bought property near Branson, on Table Rock Lake, in the late '60's. This was LONG before Branson became the attraction it is today. For a number of summers we visited them and had a wonderful time. They sold the property a few years ago for about 80 times what they paid for it. Nice investment.