Dogwood Canyon was bought by Johnny Morris in 1990. Johnny Morris is the founder of Bass Pro Shops. It is currently managed by Dogwood Canyon Foundation.
Dogwood Canyon is located in Missouri, but the park winds down into Arkansas. It is a 30-minute drive southwest of Branson, MO and right on the Arkansas border. In fact, you will see during the tour that some of the Nature Park is located in Arkansas. I have so many beautiful pictures of elk, bison, deer, waterfalls, ponds, fish, chapel, and more that I will be adding two posts on Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.
I consider Dogwood Canyon one of the prettiest places in America.
It includes 10,000 acres in the Ozark Mountains. When we found out that they had Bison/Buffalo at Dogwood Canyon, we had to visit. My sons, Casey, and Caleb turned 18 last week. They both love seeing bison/buffalo and knew this would be a fun way to celebrate their birthdays.
Two-hour Wildlife Tram Tour
We took a two-hour Wildlife Tram Tour and got to see plenty of bisons. We also saw beautiful and numerous waterfalls, streams, ancient burial caves, hand built bridges, pools full of trout, plus deer, elk, long-horned cattle, and bison. It was truly one of the best tours I have ever had, and we had family time together we will never forget. After two hours, no one was ready for the trip to end. We were all wanting to catch the next Tram Tour. That is how much fun we had.
Besides the Tram Tour, you can walk on the paved walking trail, rent a bike or a Segway. You can also go on a guided jeep tour, attend a fly fishing clinic, horseback ride, or even go on a cattle drive. Not to mention, have an incredible wedding at the chapel with a gorgeous waterfall behind it and delicious cafe with bison and elk specialties.
Bass Pro Shop’s first store is in Springfield, Missouri. Dogwood Canyon is also located in Missouri. It is a 30-minute drive southwest of Branson, MO and right on the Arkansas border. In fact, you will see during the tour that some of the Nature Park is located in Arkansas.
I am going to shut up trying to convince you that you need to check out Dogwood Canyon for a family fun day and show you a lot of pictures. I am in no way being compensated for this post. We just truly had a great time, and I wanted to share it with you.
Be sure to check out Dogwood Canyon Part 2 where I share some of the amazing animals at Dogwood Canyon.
Do you have a favorite family restaurant or vacation spot you can recommend? I would love to hear what is in your area.
The Wedding Chapel was so beautiful inside and out. Behind the Chapel was another georgious waterfall.