Find Fresh Air, Adventure and the Great Outdoors at Big Cedar Lodge

Staff Report

Photos courtesy of Big Cedar Lodge


Located deep within the rocky, forested terrain of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, overlooking Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge is a remote haven of natural beauty that brings conservation to life through nature-inspired accommodations, immersive wildlife attractions and unbelievable views.


Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, purchased Big Cedar Lodge in 1987 with the intent of creating a place for families to reconnect with nature. In 1988, the original lodge opened to its first guests.


Over the years, Big Cedar Lodge has greatly expanded its offerings and attractions. But Morris’ vision to establish a wilderness resort as a place where conservation and family traditions come together has remained at the heart of the resort’s growth.


With so many nature-based experiences — such as fishing, boating, walking and hiking — it’s easy for guests of Big Cedar Lodge to relax and enjoy the best part of life right now – fresh air, a change of scenery and the great outdoors.


“Connecting to nature is the best way to relax and create memories that will last a lifetime,” Janet Glaser, Big Cedar Lodge public relations manager, says. “Big Cedar Lodge serves as a remote haven for guests looking to get away and enjoy new experiences. From special celebrations and holidays to group meetings and events, Big Cedar Lodge has something here for everyone to enjoy.”


A secluded escape to the great outdoors, Big Cedar Lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to disconnect from the noise of the world and become immersed in nature. With well-appointed guestrooms across a collection of grand lodges, cozy cottages and private log cabins, the accommodations offer privacy for a relaxing retreat of any length.


The property has 260 guestrooms, but for those looking for the ultimate in seclusion, a stay in the Log Cabins, Knotty Pine Cottages, Bass Pro Shops Lakeside Cottages, Camp Long Creek or Jack’s Cabin are ideal options.


Tucked in the woods or situated on Table Rock Lake, the resort’s 81 private Log Cabins each include a fully equipped kitchen, gas grill, deck, fireplace and whirlpool bath.


A retreat to one of the eight Knotty Pine Cottages — decorated in earth tone fabrics and native woods — exudes old-world charm dating to the resort’s early dude ranch beginnings.


The Bass Pro Shops Lakeside Cottages opened in summer 2015 and are located just steps away from Table Rock Lake. The cottages feature spacious and open floor plans with vaulted ceilings, contemporary rustic-inspired furnishings, stone wood-burning fireplaces and covered porches with gas grills.


A new extension of the award-winning wilderness resort of Big Cedar Lodge, Camp Long Creek offers nature-based accommodations ranging from luxury glamping units to family-friendly and couples cabins. Guests have access to a variety of amenities including an outdoor infinity pool with picnic pavilion, two dining options, a dog park, lake “beach” access, boat rentals at the full-service Long Creek Marina, fishing and hiking, and special touches including s’mores kits upon arrival.


And for the most exclusive overnight accommodations, guests can choose Jack’s Cabin, located at the Top of the Rock property. Jack’s Cabin was repurposed by local Ozark and Amish craftsmen and now includes unique rustic amenities such as two grand porches that overlook the golf course and an outdoor shower with a view of Table Rock Lake.


“The sunset views at Top of the Rock are something truly special that everyone should get to witness,” Glaser says. “Situated at the highest point in Taney County, overlooking Table Rock Lake, the awe-inspiring vista is second to none and something we eagerly await to share with every guest that passes through.”


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