Explore Dogwood Canyon
Not every nature park offers a close-up of live elk, segway trails and a wedding venue, all in one beautiful outdoor setting.
Welcome to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
From wildlife encounters to serene walking trails, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park has an Ozarks adventure for everyone. Located about 30 miles southwest of downtown Branson on Highway 86 near Lampe, Missouri, Dogwood Canyon is a spectacular destination for outdoor lovers.
Dedicated to preserving its natural landscape and plant life, Dogwood Canyon has several trail-navigating options available to visitors for exploring the park's beauty first-hand.
Hour-long trail rides on horseback showcase areas of the park through the eyes of early European settlers and Native Americans to the area. You'll meander through old logging roads and ridges located on the 10,000-acre property with a tour guide. For a longer ride, saddle up for the Little Indian Lunch Ride, a two-and-a-half hour tour with an included stop for lunch.
Visitors can also choose to wheel their way through the canyon, either by bike or segway. Bikes are available to rent in all sizes and for all ages, starting as low as $10. For a trendy method of transportation, explore the park with a guided segway tour. You'll maneuver your way to feed rainbow trout at the well-known Glory Hole, a large turquoise pool teeming with fish.
Prefer to get your exercise on foot? Several miles of paved trails are spread throughout the park for walkers.
Ozarks Wildlife Encounters
With ample rainbow trout around, fishing is a popular activity at Dogwood Canyon. Visitors are allowed to fish on park grounds, catch and release or catch and keep fishing. No need to bring a pole - tackle and rental rods are available. It’s likely you’ll go home with a fish story ... a true one! Once you’re hooked, ask about the two-day fly-fishing school.
Several other species can be spotted at Dogwood Canyon, including American bison, elk, whitetail deer and Texas longhorn. Daily open-air tram tours run through the park, which cross into Arkansas and Bison-Elk Country. Reservations are recommended, so be sure to book in advance online or upon arrival at the park for same-day tours.
A Canyon Insider's Look
For an insider’s look at Dogwood Canyon, check out private Jeep tours offered for individuals or small groups up to three people. You'll ride with a knowledgeable guide, learn about the area's natural geography and make at least 25 creek crossings. This tour enters right through the heart of the canyon. Availability is limited, so it's ideal to make a reservation well in advance.
Venue With a View
Cascading waterfalls make the perfect backdrop for weddings and other events at Dogwood Canyon’s Hope Wilderness Chapel. The chapel was designed to replicate churches of the 1800s. A full-time wedding coordinator is available to help plan ceremonies and receptions, from chuckwagon-themed celebrations to upscale banquets.
Other veune areas on-site for weddings, corporate events and holiday parties include the Hope Wilderness Chapel patio and the Canyon Grill Restaurant.
Grab a bite to eat at the park's Canyon Grill Restaurant, a rustic and refined setting built by Indian Creek. Signature burgers, sandwiches, salads and barbeque are all on the menu. The Smoked Trout Cake BLT is a park specialty, and the Dogwood Triple Chocolate Cake is a required dessert.
Restaurant hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so plan to enjoy an early or late lunch along with your park adventure.
Dogwood Canyon is a must for your next Branson getaway. It’s a piece of Ozarks paradise you won’t soon forget.
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