Vacations to Missouri are typically filled with outdoor adventures, as this region of the country offers an abundance of unspoiled land and water formations. From the steep trees of the Ozarks to the lakes, rivers and valleys that make up the Missouri landscape, visitors and residents alike have a lot to take in during their time in this state.
It’s easy to see Missouri knows what it has to offer, as the state maintains over 200,000 acres of state park and historic site area. Some 83 state parks can be found in Missouri. Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is one of those Missouri parks. Located in Lampe, the park is only 10 miles from Branson and 18 miles from Ridgedale.
Biking throughout Dogwood Canyon is a scenic journey like no other. The park, already beautiful for hikers, walkers, and all other kinds of explorers, offers plenty of trails for those who like to speed things up. The park also offers a variety of bikes to rent, from kiddie karts to trail bikes.
It’s easy to spend the whole day in the park—and that’s because you’re surrounded by the natural beauty. Biking through Dogwood Canyon will allow you to pass towering hardwoods, scenic waterfalls and crystal clear pools teeming with trout and open knolls. You may even be greeted by elk, longhorn steer or bison!
Pedaling inside Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a relaxing and enjoyable way to experience the Missouri outdoors. The trails you use on a bicycle are the same trails used by hikers and sightseers, so be careful and be courteous.
The most important things to remember to bring are water, snacks, a lunch if you want to picnic, comfortable shoes, a helmet and a camera. Like we said, the park rents bicycles, as well as kiddie karts and segways—but they are on a first come, first serve basis. If you brought your bike on your vacation, or are planning to drive to your vacation destination in the future, put the bikes on a rack and bring your own ride.