Branson, MO

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Flickr: Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

OK, so this is a bit of a weird place. This nature park, located 25 miles southwest of Branson, is a 10,000 acre preserve that requires paid admission. It’s a pretty spot, with waterfalls, and some lovely trails. But it’s also a tourist attraction, with a restaurant, tram tours, and other activities that each require a fee.

For an admission of $15 or so, you can enjoy 9 miles of trails (6.5 miles are paved). The trails range from easier to more rugged. The place is a bit touristy, but the trails offer some nice scenery, including waterfalls, caves, and views of Dogwood Creek. It’s a bit hard to tell what’s natural and what’s been created. The longest, flattest running opportunity is the “paved walking, biking, segway, and tram trail”. The ‘hiking trail’ offers a more rugged, hilly experience.

Note: Park hours are 8:30am-6pm.

Essentials
  • 9 miles of trails, of which 6.5 miles are paved
  • There main bike trail is fairly flat, but there are some more rugged, hilly options as well
  • Depends on trail chosen
  • 25 southwest of Branson. Ample parking