Dogwood Trail

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Dogwood Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles
118 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips





wild flowers

The Dogwood Trail takes your through a mature oak-hickory forest on the lake hillside as it skirts the edge of the lake on the western portion of the trail. It traverses small drainages and offers some minor rock formations. It connects to the White tail trail on the northern segment of the trail.

11 months ago

A meandering trail following the contours of the lakeside hills. Pleasant enough, and good wildlife to encounter, but nothing much for views or exciting finds beyond the old trees and rocky lakefront. I extended my hike by cutting over to the nearby Post Oak trail using the park roads.

Hiked from 4:30 to 7:30 on August 1st, with sundown around 8:30. Encountered frogs, squirrels, lots of small birds; I spotted a deer near the lakeshore for a distance, as well as a blue heron standing watch. I heard some crows and an eagle having some kind of fight, and an owl as the day wore on.

The old growth forest is on the North side of the park road. On the south side, the underbrush is thick and oppressive, so if you're looking to minimize bug bites stay on the North side.

My biggest suggestion is quickly find a good stick (walking or just decently long) and keep your eyes open because you will be knocking down spider webs all the way! I ended up treating the trails as out-and-back rather than a loop. That way, after clearing the webs on the way out, my return march was almost entirely free of webs and much more relaxing.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Simple hike through the woods, good for kids, some view of lake, simple but nice little trail.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The White Tail Trail is a loop trail easy enough for all ages. overlooks the lake in areas, some small drainages, located on hillside overlooking the lake. Ok to stretch the legs, nothing spectacular

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Saturday, March 26, 2016