Monday, January 11, 2010

Dogwood Canyon

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. 

If time would have allowed I would have loved to hike this park. There is even a chapel onsite for those who would like to get married in such a gorgeous setting. As you take the tram ride and wind your way into Arkansas you are greeted by the sight of a herd of Elk and Buffalo. Occasionally white tail deer will come down from the hills to mingle with the elk.

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.


  1. Love going through your pictures. The waterfalls and the stone bridge are just wonderful.

  2. Thank you Birdy, your kind comments are always appreciated.

  3. Oh My Gosh Shelly, Had no idea about this place and we go to Branson every fall for a Family reunion kinda thing. It looks beautiful there, I think we will go this spring! Your pictures are beautiful and this is one of the things I love about your blogs, I always learn something new and fun here!!! Thank you so much!

  4. Rural, you will definitely have to visit this place. It is wonderful, and especially if you are already nearby. It is located in Lampe, MO 2038 W State Highway 86
    Lampe, MO 65681-6362
    (417) 779-5983
    The entrance is located on Missouri Highway 86, approximately 16 miles west of U.S. Highway 65. They are closed in January and February (which is understandable). They reopen February 28. I really want to make it down there in the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom. It would be a photographers heaven.

  5. THis place looks amazing. I'd love to see the rock faces and layers. Then of course botanize. :)

    I am a little behind on sending you what I hinted. It'll probably be another month. :)

  6. Oh Julie, IT IS! This is one of the most serene beautiful places I've had the pleasure of visiting in Missouri. Do you ever get to the Midwest?

    I admit I've been very curious about what you are sending.

  7. my family used to goto branson every fall but we only go there once in a while but whin we would go there there would be thousands on thousans of turtles they are so cute!!!!!!!