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Scenic Ozark adventures
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

by Jarrett Medlin

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 to hiking.

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


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