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 Map
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.
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.
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.
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Bull Shoals Lakeview Park (Corps) - Dogwood Nature Trail
Location Baxter County, Arkansas Length/Type 3 miles (1.5 mi each way). Difficulty Mildly Challenging (2 of 5) Weather/Conditions Pleasant, 70's. Directions The 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 Hiked 5-31-2014