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.)
Back on May 30, I spent a nice weekend at Bull Shoals-White River State Park. When I arrived that evening, I walked the Lakeside Trail, a 1-mile semi-loop trail, part of which (as you would expect) borders Bull Shoals Lake.
It was a very pleasant walk. The trail has some great views of the lake, especially on the part that extends out onto a small peninsula.
This hike is the Rush Mountain Trail from Rush Landing to the Monte Cristo area. It is a short hike, but it is probably one my favorites.
At the end of the post, I will also talk about the unmaintained trail from the Monte Cristo area back to the Morning Star area.
Rush Landing to Monte Cristo
Start off at the Rush Landing parking area, near the shelter with the picnic tables and toilet. This section of the trail starts off into the woods back behind the parking area. There is a small ruin here at the start. It is the remnants of the White Eagle Mine.
Head off into the woods. After a short stretch, there is an intersection. To the left is the section of the Rush Mountain Trail that connects to the morning star area. Stay right.
Rush is a former mining community that existed along the Buffalo River that was originally established for the mining of zinc ore in the mountains there. The town exists now as an old ghost town with no current residents. However, many historic sites remain with structures dating back to the 1880’s.
The Morningstar Loop is a short loop that is the best route to take to get a feel for the history of this area. The Rush Mountain Trail is a level stretch of trail that takes you by several of the old mine entrances for the area.
Morning Star Loop
(Directions for getting to the Rush Historic District are in this post.) Park at the Morning Star trailhead. It is the first parking area on the road. It is on the left, just past the row of old buildings on the right.
The Morning Star Loop is .2-mile loop that starts to the left. It first passes an old smelter that dates back to 1886. It is the oldest structure in Rush.