Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park rests
45 minutes south of Branson amid rolling Ozark hills and sparkling Table
Rock Lake. The property, acquired by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris
in 1990, includes 10,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness and offers an
array of activities — from fly-fishing to horseback riding, kayaking
A paved walking trail winds six miles along bubbling brooks, limestone
bluffs and beautiful waterfalls. It passes through a covered wooden
bridge and past a quaint log church. Along the way, large rainbow trout
swim in blue pools and birds fly overhead.
For those who would rather ride, tram rides are available. During the
ride, a tour guide points out places of interest, including Glory Hole,
a magnificent pool fed by a short waterfall. The tram ride crosses the
Arkansas border and into an area of the park that includes American
bison, elk and Texas longhorn.
Activities for the more adventurous include cattle drives, kayaking
on Table Rock Lake, horseback riding and trout fishing.
Dogwood Canyon is located at 2038 West State Highway 86, just west of
Highway 65. Hours vary seasonally as do some of the activities. The
self-guided walk is $7.95 for adults and $3.95 for children. A tram
tour costs $25.95 for adults and $9.95 for youngsters. Other activities
vary in price and availability.
For scheduling and reservations, call (417) 779-5983, or visit Dogwood
Canyon’s Web site at www.dogwoodcanyon.com.