Difficult to ID this species at this time of year without leaves and flowers but I am about 60% sure.
this plant was growing in a more wet area and was just now starting to shed its leafs. it was in between and bush and a tree. its bark was soft
This dogwood was found in a dense thicket at the edge of the forest line. It is bright red, which is typical during the later fall into winter.
Cornus sericea, syn. C. stolonifera, Swida sericea, (red osier dogwood) is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae, native throughout northern and western North America from Alaska east to Newfoundland, south to Durango and Nuevo León in the west, and Illinois and Virginia in the east. Other names include red willow, redstem dogwood, redtwig dogwood, red-rood, American dogwood, creek dogwood, and western dogwood.