Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
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Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Covering 10,000 acres of pristine Ozark Mountain landscape, the park has miles of crystal-clear trout streams, dozens of cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves, unique hand-built bridges and bottomless, blue-green pools.
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  • Evonne M
    Overland Park, Kansas14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Natural Beauty
    There is so much beauty there to enjoy. We took the tram, which I highly recommend, to see the vastness of the Park. There is a very rare albino bison along with a pond containing yellow trout. Our tram guide was very knowledgeable and really enhanced the trip. A big shout out to all the marvelous waterfalls. Go to their website for further information as there is a lot to do there
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Kristy D
    Illinois110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biking Dogwood.
    We chose to bike through the park vs the tram as I thought the tram would be too boring for my young children. Biking was definitely the way to go for us. The bikes were comfortable and some had baskets which was a must for us for carrying sunscreen/water, etc. BRING WATER in the summer. I didn’t see any water fountains. A lot of the path was shaded, the path had a very gentle, almost nonexistent incline, but it made the return ride a breeze, just coasted most of the way. Very pretty scenery of course. The whole ride took us about 2 hours (including stops). We ate at the restaurant there as well. It was just ok. My husband got a burger, my son also got a burger off the kids menu, they were basically the same but my husband’s cost twice as much! Lunch for 5 was $100. I do think the price of this place is exorbitant, it cost our family $160 to just enter the park and rent the bikes, the tram would have been even more $$$. Really the cost is my only complaint, I’m glad we went.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Trid
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Retreat
    Beautiful area and great hiking. So well laid out. Last time we were here we rented bikes and rode the entire trail, so worth it! This time we took the tram ride and Rachel was an amazing guide, we really enjoyed her! We learned some thingse Missed just doing the bike ride. Highly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Sheila H
    Robinson, Illinois25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sights
    We did the walking trail which if you are in shape it would be better. I suggest taking a tram which you would have to make sure that they have them on the day that you are wanting to go, so reserve ahead. I love anything to do with nature and that was a very nice place to see it.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • dajcharper
    Sunman, Indiana122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite places
    I cannot say enough good things about this amazing place. So much care and beauty put into each area. This was our second trip in a year and our teens loved it as much as we did both times. Tour guides James first time and Ray this time add so much to the experience. I have told so many people about this place and next time we are In Missouri we will go back again.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Nan D
    91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Must See
    Beautiful park and wonderful Tram ride with Larry today! Well worth my 5 hour drive to see the park! I highly recommend this park to anyone traveling in the area. Note- the restaurant closes at 3pm, so plan accordingly.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • MaeYoung
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    We almost didn't fit this in while visiing the Branson area, but I'm sure glad we did! It was breathtaking and I would recommend it to anyone traveling in the area. We rented bikes and I would also recommend that, it was a great way to see the whole trail and it was an easy ride.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • BR2travels
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Dogwood Canyon!
    the scenery is absolutely amazing. Our guide, Ray really helped make the experience even more enjoyable as he provided a lot of in-depth information about the park and on our tram tour he pointed out several spots along the way that were just gorgeous. Beautiful waterfalls, close-up views of the animals, streams stocked with rainbow trout and other panoramic views that are just incredible. My wife and I have already decided that we will be back on our next trip to Branson. It is a must see if you are in the Branson area. Buy tickets online as many activities sell out early.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Kim E
    Saint Louis, Missouri9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful nature, expertly presented
    Beautiful outdoor space, expertly maintained. I loved the the tram ride — funny, informative, great access to the longhorns, elk, and bison — and the waterfalls were amazing. Highly recommend a visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Psyprof51
    Lincoln, Illinois395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great nature park with a "must do" tram ride
    Beautiful nature park with activities for the family. We also ate in the restaurant and enjoyed great service, excellent food and drinks for our family group of 13. Make sure you take the tram ride to enjoy the park!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
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AHW676
Kansas City, MO5,225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
So the park is lovely, and well-appointed, as I would expect from the guy who built the Aquarium in Springfield, as no cost was spared there either. You can take your own bicycles to ride around the park or you can rent bikes on site. If you do bring your own, you do have to sign a waiver when you purchase your park entry ticket. The park entry is $20 per person with discounts available to military service members or AAA members. The tram price is $32 for a two hour tour of the various waterfalls, the Hope Chapel, and animal sanctuary at the back of the park. If I were to do it again, I'd suggest visiting the park without the tram ride, because the tram tickets can't be purchased without buying an additional park entrance fee. So by the time you've taken the tram, you've already seen all the waterfalls, which you could have explored on your own for $20. Although animal sanctuary is probably not available to the exploring public, it consists mainly of a herd of bison and elks and longhorns, none of which get fed on the tram tour, so they are not especially interactive. The tour is also designed to spend an equal amount of time in the animal sanctuary portion and the main park portions. I think that it was hot enough that our group was getting noticeably sleepy and wearied in the animal part of the tour.
If you would like to see animals, you could go to the Promised Land Zoo where you will see many more animals at a lower price, and those animals come right up to your car because they get fed by guests. Most of the waterfalls are fairly small, and if you don't see all of them, it's probably okay. There are rainbow trout to feed at various points in the park. And there is a gift store and restaurant at the park entrance. I did feel kind of sorry for the bison that they served bison burgers in the restaurant.
Written August 30, 2020
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Castle Rock
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
My family and I went Saturday, April 17 2021
For my birthday weekend.
There were 28 of us. My kids and Grandkids.
When I called to see if there was any possible way we could eat together and possibly be on the same tram, ( we all had different times )
Laura made it happen!

The staff went above and beyond our expectations, everyone was so kind and if you can get Diane as your tour guide for the tram ride I HIGHLY recommend her!
She was the absolute icing on the cake!

She kept everyone’s attention from infants to us
Old folks and allowed us plenty of time to walk around the places she stopped at, and even took a few photos for me with our whole family.
NOT an easy task!

Dogwood Canyon will not disappoint and their staff is incredible.
So GO! LOL!
We will be coming back.

PS.
I had to select one (which was Family Teens)
But our ages were from
5 months to ages 67
Written April 19, 2021
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eima78
Tulsa, OK36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
I have heard great things about Dogwood Canyon. For a family of 6, we paid over $100 just to get in and walk a 6 mile paved trail. There is a more traditional hiking trail of 1.2 miles to take that is available right off the paved trail. Waterfalls along the way were nice to look at, but it Missouri you can find other hiking areas just as beautiful, if not more. We were very disappointed to discover the only way to see the large wildlife at the end of the paved trail is to ride the tram. This would have cost an additional $140 plus tax. If you actually wanted to walk or hike the path, a two hour tram ride could prevent this. We couldn't let the boys fish because they charge for that too. While the boys enjoyed seeing the trout in the water while we walked and we carried in our own lunch to have a picnic, this is something we would NOT recommend to larger families who enjoy the outdoors. I felt that the experience was way overpriced.
Written March 22, 2021
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
My husband and I visited here for the day during October 2020 during the pandemic. While it is a pricey place to visit the outdoors, it is worth it. There is 10,000 acres to explore several different ways, on foot, bicycle, horseback or tram. Since we are seniors plus wanted to see the animals we opted for the wildlife tram tour. This is very popular and I would suggest that you book it online as soon as you have a date when you will be there. Even during the pandemic they were booked one week ahead and many people were turned away that didn't have reservations.
The two hour tram ride goes down the very trails that you walk or bike ride on until you get to the end of the road. Then magically a gate opens and leads you into Arkansas and the wildlife area. There we saw elk, white tailed deer, longhorns and bison. I felt kind of sorry for the deer as their area was not very large. The bison/longhorn area was a decent size although nothing like you see in Yellowstone or South Dakota. We were lucky enough to see two young elk learning how to fight with their antlers because some day they will be vying for the top spot for head elk who gets all the gals!
There are many waterfalls, ponds, rainbow trout, trees, caves to see there. The Nature Center is worth a look as well as the gift shop and 2 restaurants. All in all it's just a beautiful place to be in the outdoors.
Written October 23, 2020
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susan k
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We love Dogwood Canyon and have been coming for years. We purchased our tickets online earlier this week. Today, when we arrived at approximately 12:30 pm for admittance, there were 25 people in line and one attendant at the front gate. Long line and very slow. Might I suggest a more expeditious manner of entry...2 separate lines and 2 attendants...one for prepurchased online ticket holders and a separate line for walk ups. When we finally made our way to the front of the line, we had to verbally recite the long ticket number to the lone ticket greeter while they checked it on a computer to see if it in actuality was a purchased ticket. Seems rather archaic and slow. The prepurchased online ticket holders should be able to scan their physical ticket or cell phones (like the airlines does) and customers should not have to fumble with finding their eyeglasses to recite the ticket number to your attendant.

Also, there were hardly any benches or rocks to sit on and rest at the waterfall features. Dogwood Canyon does everything first class and the admittance process could use a friendly upgrade. It is a customers point of first impressions.
Written March 24, 2021
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Valerie J
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Favorite part of our Branson trip.
We loved the views, restaurant, and serenity at Dogwood Canyon. We rented bikes for my husband, daughter, and me. We biked the entire trail. Entire bike ride was just short of 6 miles to the end and back. We loved the covered bridges, wildlife, etc. You can walk, bike or take a tram ride through the trails. They also have fishing spots. Loved this place! It is also pet friendly!!!!

We will recommend bringing your own water bottle as their bottle of Dasani was $2 a bottle.

My daughter loved the scavenger hunt. We turned her completed one in for a cool patch.

We definitely want to come back to Dogwood Canyon the next time we come Branson.
Written October 10, 2021
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Dmarkwind
Kansas City, MO2,686 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
No doubt that Dogwood Canyon is a nice place to visit, but it’s kinda pricy to go to what is essentially a private park. For one four-hour visit, it easily cost us $80 for admission and bike rentals for two adults, and we spent nearly an hour waiting in line to get in. Yeah, it’s got great scenery and plenty of photo ops in a nice Ozark valley with a meandering paved trail which passes a rustic chapel, multiple ponds, bridges, low-water crossings, and waterfalls (of which I wonder how many if any are naturally occurring). Our visit included a bike ride in the rain, we enjoyed the small museum and the treehouse, and my wife participated in a lecture about edible plants, but there were also a lot of other attempts to separate visitors from their money in other ways including a tram tour, a restaurant, and souvenirs. I’m glad we visited and saw what the place is like, but I probably don’t need to go back anytime soon.
Written April 20, 2022
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brook46
Pinon Hills, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I can't say enough about how beautiful and calming and good for your soul this place is!! Every time I go, I learn something new. My guide this time was Ian, he was extremely informative and even pointed out things that my other guides didn't. I know there is so much to cover in a short time, I always take the tram ride. As in the other reviews , we saw Elk. Bison, Long Horned steers, Bald Eagles, Golden Trout, etc. I have taken different family members every time I come and they always walk away amazed and want to return. Maybe will try the bikes or walking , but since we went Jan 6th, it was cold and windy. Much appreciated the blankets on the tram. I will go here every time I go to Branson!!
Written January 18, 2020
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Jami J
Sevierville, TN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We visited Dogwood Canyon today.....what a gorgeous place! Spent the day with family exploring the property and took the tram tour. David was a fabulous tour guide, so knowledgeable and fun! He gave great info about Dogwood Canyon and interacted with young and old alike. I highly recommend a visit here- wish we could have taken advantage of all the amenities but we only had a few hours. You can certainly make a day of it! We will be back!
Written June 14, 2020
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tloco1979
Oklahoma City, OK88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Visited the park in late March on a beautiful day. For a couple it cost right at $100 for park entrance and tram fee. Most everything that was interesting to look at was right near the entrance. The large animals (deer, elk, and cows) were fairly unimpressive if you've spent any amount of time in anything remotely rural. Now the park itself was very beautiful and up-kept to the highest degree. Next visit I will either walk or rent a bike; this seems to be the best way to enjoy the park.
Written April 3, 2020
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