Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) – 3 mi (o&b)

Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
View of Bull Shoals Lake from the overlook on the peninsula on Dogwood  Nature Trail (panoramic)

One of the best trails at Bull Shoals Lake is just outside of Bull Shoals-White River State Park. The Dogwood Nature Trail is a pleasant 3-mile out-and-back hike (1.5 miles each way) that starts in the Lakeview Park Campground, a Corps of Engineers Recreation Area.

It is in the town of Lakeview, about a mile east of Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

The highlight of the trail is the bluff vista at the end. It is a beautiful area with great views of Bull Shoals Lake in all directions. (Be careful on the bluffs.)

Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
Dogwood Nature Trail, Bull Shoals Lake (Corps Rec. Area)

Bull Shoals Dogwood Nature Trail Map

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Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

Most of the trail is a pleasant wooded walk. One particularly nice area is a stream crossing at about .4 miles. During leaf-on, the lake is not visible much for the first mile of the hike.

Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
Stream area on Dogwood Nature Trail (panoramic)

There is a bit of climbing on the trail, but not much. The net elevation change is only about 120 feet. When I hiked it, the trail generally was in good shape and was well maintained.

Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
Dogwood Nature Trail, Bull Shoals Lake (Corps Rec. Area)

Note: many activities in the campground require paying a day-use fee. I did not have to pay one when I hiked the trail in May. These photos and the gps data are from my May 31 hike.

Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
View of lake from penninsula
Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
Another view of Bull Shoals Lake from the Dogwood Trail Peninsula
Bull Shoals: Dogwood Nature Trail (Corps Rec Area) - 3 mi (o&b) photo
On the peninsula area of the Dogwood Nature Trail
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Bull Shoals Lakeview Park (Corps) - Dogwood Nature Trail

LocationBaxter County, Arkansas
Length/Type3 miles (1.5 mi each way).
Difficulty

Mildly Challenging (2 of 5)
Weather/ConditionsPleasant, 70's.
DirectionsThe trailhead is in Lakeview Park, a Corps Recreation Area in the town of Lakeview, just east of Bull Shoals-White River State park.
Other permitted usage?Pets on leash.
ATT Cell Coverage?About 80%
Official Info - Phone/Links(870) 425-2700
Lakeview Park Campground Website.
Date Hiked5-31-2014
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