At White River Lodge we love to recommend a Dogwood Canyon visit to our guests. At the end of November 2015 DWC closed to finish their mill, store, restaurant, and education center project and reopened in May 2016. Being a guest and innkeeper favorite, I headed that way to check it out. After driving west on 86 hwy for about 10 miles, I pulled through the entrance and winded my way down the hill to the parking lot where I met a friend. We went up to the Welcome Hut and read out park options. We opted for the walking pass that we purchased for $20 each. We then entered through the new building with Indian artifacts and Ozark history and windows looking out over the Indian River and a huge falls. There is a cafe at one end that we enjoyed after our walk–good food, service, and what a view.
Outside across the walk way is the gift shop and you may also sign up for a tram ride, Segway, or bike rental for an extra charge of course. We started our walk and toured the tree house that was built last year and now you may tour it inside–fun. We continued on the paved path, same as in years past. They do give you a paper guide so you can read about the 24 points of interest along the way. While we encountered trams, bikers, segwayers, and other hikers along the way, we didn’t feel rushed or crowded and often were the only ones in sight. For those that would like to spend the day or more and do multiple activities, there’s a pass for that. New brochures are in the works and you can go to their website and facebook page–it’s a two thumbs up!