Posted by Jessie K / Wednesday, November 12, 2014 / No comments / Branson , Caves and Caverns , Dogwood Canyon Nature Park , Fall Color in the Ozarks , Fishing , Hiking , Kid Friendly , Missouri , Scenic Area Park , Waterfalls
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, MO
During a recent weekend getaway in Branson, we visited Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, MO. Dogwood Canyon is a 10,000 acre Ozark paradise owned by Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops. The park is managed by the Dogwood Canyon Foundation whose purpose is to preserve and protect the parks natural plant and wildlife environment. It is an absolutely beautiful place with waterfalls, caves, bluffs, cobblestone and covered bridges, wildlife, and so much more at every turn!
One of the best parts is that everything is very accessible. A wide paved walking trail will take you throughout the whole park, but there are also other unpaved hiking trails if you'd like a little to get off the main path.
There are several activities and package options available for the park. We chose to rent a few bikes with kid carriers attached to the back. (FYI-you can also bring your own bikes) My mom and I were a bit nervous at first. I mean, it had been over 15 years since i'd ridden a bike, and maybe over 30 for my mom! However, once we got going it was clear that we chose THE BEST way to see the park. The kids had a blast..and so did we! Plus, we could see the park at any pace we wanted..stopping for all the beautiful sights along the way. If we would have walked the whole thing, the kids would have pooped out and resorted to complaints long before we would have been ready to leave.
What great family memories! We'll definitely be visiting again. If we lived closer we would buy their season passes and visit all the time. The Fall foliage was absolutely gorgeous, but I'm sure Springtime is spectacular as well.
Address: 2038 Missouri 86, Lampe, MO 65681
Hours: Open Daily from 8:30am-5pm
Activities: walking, hiking, biking, stables, segways, fishing, tram tours, 3d archery.
Official Website: http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org/