My Trip to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park – Worth the Drive
Are you a nature lover? Just love the outdoors. Well, I have the perfect place for you to visit near Branson, Missouri. If there ever was a place you could call a paradise on earth Dogwood Canyon Nature Park would be that place.
From the moment you step onto the grounds surrounded by lush green forests in the Ozark mountains, you know you're stepping into something very special. I really didn't know what to expect when I visited this park owned by (CEO) Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris. This place is beyond amazing with over 10,000 acres to explore and enjoy no matter if you take the walking tour, bicycle tour, Segway tour, Jeep tour, or tram tour. Better have some good hiking shoes if you decide to walk the almost 6.5 mile round-trip. The good news is that the walking path is completely paved unless of course you decide to go off the beaten path a bit.
The beauty of the surrounding mountains and limestone bluffs is breathtaking and the constant waterfalls you will discover along the way is mesmerizing. You will absolutely love the Glory Hole waterfall that is brimming with rainbow trout you can visibly see on the surface of the natural spring water that runs through the canyon valley. Some of the highlights include a natural made tree house, wilderness chapel and entertainment venue area complete with an old fashioned Chuckwagon, where visitors can congregate for reunions, weddings, or evening BBQ dinner.
The thing I most loved about the tram tour is the history of the canyon and the native Indians, and cowboys who once roamed the land. Wildlife in the area is abundant from black bears, coyotes, raccoons, possums, beavers, wild hogs, deer, longhorn steer, elk and of course, bison. The bison along with the steer and elk are roaming free in the valley on the far edge of the canyon in the state of Arkansas. That's right, on the tour you will cross over into Arkansas. I also learned that some pretty well-known celebrities, professional golfers, athletes and U.S. presidents have all either visited or fished this beautiful canyon in the countryside. In fact, visitors are encouraged to bring their fishing pole and fish for free, no license or sticker required to fish at Dogwood Canyon. You can catch and release or take home what you catch.
There is also a small museum, souvenir shop, and restaurant all on the grounds at Dogwood Canyon. No matter what season you choose to go, there is always something for everyone. The parks stays open year-round unless of course there is ice or snow. If you want someplace to put on your bucket list, Dogwood Canyon has to be on that list.
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