The Magic of Midwest Covered Bridges
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
A covered bridge made by Amish craftsman is one of many attractions at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre area that straddles the Missouri-Arkansas border, about 30 minutes southwest of Branson, Missouri. Explore the park by foot, bike, horseback, kayak, tram or Jeep tours. Waterfalls, trout streams and large herds of buffalo and elk dot the rolling terrain.
Getting started: Visit the Dogwood Canyon website for details about activities in the park, or the Branson, Missouri, website for more general information about the area.
While you're there: Lounge the day away at Table Rock Lake, or head to Branson for shopping and more than 50 theaters with family-friendly shows. Silver Dollar City theme park mixes history and crafts with cool rides. Among the many overnight lodgings is Big Cedar Lodge, an upscale full-service resort along a quiet part of the lake south of Branson.