Beautiful landscape, the sounds of waterfalls, dogwood trees, rows of redbuds and other foliage native to the Ozarks.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park was built by Johnny Morris back in 1990.
"His whole goal was to basically preserve this and make it for people years to come,” says Property Manager Chad Phillips. “You can definitely spend the whole day out here."
You'll often find families walking their dogs, rainbow trout fishing, even hopping on board a wildlife tram tour to see it all.
But another popular thing to do here is learning to ride a segway, a two wheeled, eco-friendly, electric scooter.
Phillips says they started offering segway tours just four years ago and folks can't get enough.
"They're really popular because everyone can learn to do it pretty easily and they don't take a lot of experience to do them,” he says. “We teach you how to ride them before you ever go out. So, it's one of those things you pick up very quickly."
Phillips says a helmet is non-negotiable. So are closed-toed shoes.
Age isn't a factor, but you must weigh at least 100 pounds to ride a segway.
Phillips says the computer in the segway senses your weight. So, if you don't weigh enough, it won't work properly.
There are two segway tours offered, a 90 minute one and one that's 2 hours.
Prices vary and start at $65.
Reservations are recommended.
The park opens every morning at 8:30 a.m. and, right now, it stays open until 7 p.m.
But, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, it'll be open until 8 p.m.
For more information and reservations, call (417) 335-2777, or visit their website.
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