Our World – Hiking at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park


On the last day of our recent mini-vacation to Missouri we stopped for a visit at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. 10,000 acres of wilderness set in a beautiful canyon in southwest Missouri. It was founded by Johnny Williams of Bass Pro fame and is a non-profit outfit.


One can walk the three miles of trails, or ride a bike, or take a guided tour in a pickup pulled trail. We like walking so we walked or rather Heather walked, and I sauntered behind taking lots of photos and Logan was in front of me and behind her. We kind of do our own thing.

I love the trail markers. Johnny Morris really works on branding on his Bass Pro properties and you can see his influence on a number of things at Dogwood Canyon.


There is a creek that runs the length of the property. It has a bunch of pools separated by waterfalls. The pools were full of big fat trout. Did I say that you could go fishing there?


The canyon is full of features for photographers. Lots of beautiful scenery and the stream provides lots of opportunities for reflections. I would love to be here during the fall color.

I love all the little touches on the trail.

These markers on the various bridges are all works of art.


There are just so many things to look at.

A huge building is the entry to the park and has displays on early American and Native American relics from the area.

We’ll be back.

This is the second visit here for us. Check out our first visit to the Canyon three years ago. I’m linking with Our World Tuesday, check it out.

18 thoughts on “Our World – Hiking at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

  1. DrillerAA

    You’re right about one thing, fall is the best time to visit the Ozarks. There is a golf cart trail at Big Cedar Lodge that is also filled with photo opportunities that we visited last year. It’s been a decade since we have been to Dogwood Canyon. I should probably add it to the list this year. Yes, Johnny Morris has been putting his brand on Southwest Missouri for over 50 years now. Have a blessed week.

  2. sallie rainville

    What a pretty place — I remember being impressed by all the natural places around Branson. We were there in the Fall — those beautiful Ozarks! That’s the way our family has always walked and Bill and I still do — of course the important thing is getting together at the end as you show in your sweet family portrait!!

  3. Pat

    What a pretty place to visit, Yogi. I can see why your family likes to go there and hike those shady trails and enjoy nature.

  4. NatureFootstep

    o, I love that kidn of covered bridges you have. I always wanted th travel through one but we never did on the trips I was on. ๐Ÿ™ love the waterfalls and bridges.

  5. DeniseinVA

    Thatโ€™s a wonderful hike you took us on. A beautiful covered bridge and love the markers. A perfect ending to your post seeing the three of you ๐Ÿ™‚

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