Dogwood Canyon is a little gem found in the southern most regions of Missouri. In fact portions of the property cross into Arkansas. A couple of years ago I had the privilege of visiting this beautiful place with a group of volunteers. Each year the Missouri Department of Conservation show their appreciation to their volunteers by treating them to a weekend getaway somewhere in the state. Dogwood Canyon stands out as one of my favorite places thus far that we've seen. It is privately owned by the same person who owns Bass Pro Shop. The property is well maintained and a definite must see if you are in the area.
There is a crystal clear stream that meanders throughout the park. Trout are plentiful and fishing is allowed for a fee. They also rent bicycles , for those of you inclined in that direction. Periodically throughout the day they have guided tram tours. We were able to take one of these guided tours, and it is truly a great way to view the park.
Waterfalls abound, each one more beautiful than the next. The smell of the forest, and the water as it flows and splashes is a sensory experience you won't soon forget.
They offer an old fashioned chuck wagon breakfast that is to die for. We were served eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit, toast, juice and milk. The tables were decorated so invitingly that it even made breakfast more enjoyable.
Wildlife thrives throughout the park. Everything from butterflies, to deer. The turtles bask in the sun on the logs and rocks partially submerged in the water. Quick to dive under when you wonder to close.
I was there in September and the places was intoxicatingly beautiful. I can only imagine what it would be like to visit in the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom. It is these gorgeous native trees that the park was named after, and the hills are filled with these trees. One day we will make a trip there to see this place in the spring.
Keep in mind this little hidden gem of the Ozarks when paying your next visit to Southern Missouri.