The beauty of the Ozark Mountains is no secret. However, there is a place tucked away in the Ozarks that is a bit of a secret: Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Located about 16 miles south of Branson, this park is one of the most peaceful and picturesque places to visit in Southwest Missouri.
During the fall season Dogwood Canyon is made even more beautiful as the foliage turns from green to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. Plus, temperatures are cool and comfortable so you can easily take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities available at the park without working up a sweat. At the over 10,000 acre facility visitors get access to a true wilderness experience.
Outdoor activities include:
A round-trip paved trail covers 6 1/2 miles and is relatively level. It guides you past beautiful limestone bluffs and tumbling waterfalls, over bridges formed of native stone or hand-crafted of wrought iron, and even a covered bridge of Amish construction. Beautiful rainbow trout swim in clear spring-fed waters, easily visible as you pass by. Along the way expect to see a variety of native wildlife, with your best chance being earlier in the morning.
Gather your crew and head out to Dogwood Canyon for a one-of-a-kind horseback view of the majestic Ozark Mountains! A wrangler will guide your group on an unforgettable 1-2 hour trail ride. Travel to the tops of the ridges where you will take in some of the most breathtaking 360 degree views the Ozarks have to offer. Then make your way down the winding valleys and across rolling pastures filled with buffalo and longhorn cattle.
Experience the adventure of traveling via Segway through Dogwood Canyon’s most breathtaking sites on this round trip tour to the Glory Hole, a magnificent blue-green pool where some of our largest trout reside.
One of Dogwood Canyon’s greatest appeals is the sparkling, spring-fed water that is home to our beautiful rainbow trout. We offer half-day guided catch and release fishing, fly casting clinics, two day fly-fishing schools and hourly opportunities to keep or release. No license or trout stamp is required. Tackle and rental rods are available
The Wildlife Tram Tour provides a comprehensive journey into this special property, taking about 2 hours. You will travel beyond the Glory Hole into the more rugged reaches of the canyon, cross the Arkansas border, and ascend some 300 feet to our bison, elk, and longhorn pastures. The tram tours are the number one attraction at Dogwood Canyon. They are handicap accessible and provide a comprehensive journey through this corner of the Ozarks. While on the tram, do some wildlife spotting as herds of bison and elk still live on Dogwood Canyon grounds. Other herds on the grounds include whitetail deer and Texas longhorn cattle.
If you plan on spending the day at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, your best bet is to purchase the Adventure Pass. It cost $59.95 for adults and $34.95 for children, ages 3-11, per day. With it, you’ll enjoy access to walking, biking, wildlife tram tours, self-guided trout fishing, as well as discounts on Segway tours and trail rides.
The entrance to the nature park is located on Missouri Hwy 86. Enter 2038 Missouri 86 Lampe, MO 65681 into your GPS for navigation help.
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