Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

If you are planning a trip to Branson Missouri sometime this year, try to make it in April or May when the Redbuds and Dogwoods are blooming.  Give yourself an extra day for a side trip to a place called Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000 acre landscaped park with lawns, streams, springs, waterfalls and wild areas. This beautiful park is about 25 miles southwest of Branson.

Walk-in admission to the park is $8.95 per person. This is good if you have a bicycle to bring with you.  If not, my suggestion is that you pay $25.95 for the Tram Tour. This is the route my husband and went. The tram takes you on a 2 hour tour of the park, stopping at many picturesque places along the way. You get fantastic photo opportunities all along the way of waterfalls, picnic areas, the stream, a chapel, unique rocks and in April and May the beautiful flowers of the Redbud and Dogwood trees.

Dogwood Canyon crosses the border into Arkansas. The Arkansas area of the park is where herds of buffalo, deer and elk are kept. The tram tour includes a tour through the areas where the animals roam. There are many stops along the way for picture taking.  For the more adventurous there are horse and Segway rentals. Fishing is encouraged.

My photos were taken in early May.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

2 thoughts on “Dogwood Canyon Nature Park”

  1. Lovely pics. ‘Specially enjoy the one-pronged spouse-alope.

    Could just shoot myself. Drove cross-country in 2012 and couldn’t wait to go back to the achingly-beautiful Ozarks, where I’d been almost every summer as a child, although “everyone” said “Don’t go–it will break your heart. They’re ruined.” Took the back roads toward Branson, and what I saw going and arriving and leaving did break my heart. (Although driving those back rolly-coaster roads is SO fun, isn’t it ? 🙂 And one of the gas stations still had the Sinclair dinosaur on top 🙂 If I hadn’t been whipping by at 75 to get the most out of my ‘coaster ride, I could have stopped for a picture.)

    Had I done any research, I would have known to cut around Branson, and might have headed down to the lovely park you visited. Even visiting in dry summer, seeing the park then would have still had to be miles beyond seeing instead the Branson eyesore of an acromegalic rubber Titanic anchored in a parking lot!

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