Dogwood Canyon Nature Park sprawls across the Missouri Arkansas border just south of Branson, MO. Aside from a few amenities to make Dogwood Canyon Nature Park more accessible to our guests, the rugged landscape has been left untouched and, with just a little imagination, you can travel backward to a time when European settlers first entered the area or, even further, to explore the mark that native Americans left on these Missouri hills and hollows.
The first parcels of the property were acquired in 1990 by Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops. It was his dedication to conserving our natural environment that has become the cornerstone for development of this spectacular wilderness experience. So many opportunities await you at this incredible 10,000 acre parcel of unspoiled Ozarks landscape.
Park summer hours may vary. See calendar below for available hours. For the safety of our guests and the protection of our wildlife, pets, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters and alcohol are not permitted. Activities subject to weather and availability. The park is accessible to guests with disabilities.
Dogwood Canyon Park Activities
Self Guided Walking Tour
Our round-trip paved trail covers 6 1/2 miles and is relatively level. It guides you past beautiful limestone bluffs and tumbling waterfalls, over bridges formed of native stone or hand crafted of wrought iron, and even a covered bridge of Amish construction. Our beautiful rainbow trout swim in clear spring fed waters, easily visible as you pass by. We are a wilderness park and you may expect to see a variety of native wildlife, your best chance being earlier in the morning. Allow plenty of time to absorb the beauty that surrounds you at any season of the year. A printed guide will interpret the history of the canyon.
Our beautiful walking trail is also shared by bikers and we offer a selection of bikes for the entire family as well as trail-a-bikes and kiddie carts for our youngest guests. Bikes are rented on a first come, first served basis.
Self Guided Catch and Release Trout Fishing – First hour on Little Indian Creek
Self Guided Catch and Keep Trout Fishing – First hour on Little Indian Creek
Half Day Guided Trout Fishing – Half Day on Dogwood Creek
One of Dogwood Canyon’s greatest appeals is the sparkling, spring-fed water that is home to our beautiful rainbow trout. We offer half-day guided catch and release fishing, fly casting clinics, two day fly-fishing schools and hourly opportunities to keep or release. No license or trout stamp is required. Tackle and rental rods are available. Expertise, fishing pressure and seasonal conditions all affect your level of success. Spinning rod and reels or fly rods are available for rent. (Purchase your first hour of fishing here. Additional hours for fishing are $10.00 plus tax paid at main Dogwood Canyon office when you visit park.)No license or trout stamp is required.
Guided Tour: Available Monday through Friday by reservation only. Includes guide and gear. Includes Dogwood Canyon Signature Fly Box with six flies.
Our horseback trails offer a scenic, leisurely ride exploring ridges and hollows that are not seen by tram or from the walking and biking trail.
Reservations are strongly recommended for this one hour ride. Offered March 1 through November 26. Ride times vary throughout the year. March 1 to May 21 ride times are 10:00 am, 12:00 am, & 2:00 pm. May 22 to October 29 ride times are 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. October 30 to November 26 are seasonal hours and our staff will call and verify available dates and times.
Our Adventure Pass provides a great value when combining multiple activities at Dogwood Canyon. With your pass you can enjoy access to self-guided walking and biking (rental bikes or bring your own), self-guided Catch & Keep trout fishing and the Wildlife Tram Tour when used during a single visit to the park.
Segway Tours – New for 2011!
Experience the adventure of traveling via Segway through Dogwood Canyon’s most breathtaking sites on this round trip tour to the Glory Hole, a magnificent blue green pool where some of our largest trout reside.(Riders must be 12 and older and weigh more than 100 lbs.) Tour times are 10:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm.
ATV Tours – New for 2011!
Take an hour long ride through the back woodsand fields of Dogwood Canyon as you wind along old logging trails, Be sure to wear appropriate clothing because there’s a chance you might get weton this ride as you cross through our many sparkling creek beds! You must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license to operate any ATV. (Note: if under 18, a legal guardian will need to sign.)Tour times are 9:00 am, 11:30 am, or 2:00 pm.
Our Adventure Pass provides a great value when combining multiple activities. With your Adventure Pass enjoy access to Walking, Biking, Wildlife Tram Tour, Self Guided Trout Fishing Catch and Release. Catch and Keep for an additional fee. If you arrive after 1 pm you can complete your activities the following day with your receipt. For an additional fee you can add Horseback rides, Segways, or ATV’s.