Just ten miles south of Branson, Big Cedar Lodge is the ideal lake retreat for gorgeous scenic views, relaxation, and plenty of recreation. Overlooking Table Rock Lake, surrounded by statuesque mountain views, Big Cedar Lodge has more to explore than one might think.
What to Expect at America’s Premier Wilderness Resort
Big Cedar Lodge, spread out over 4,600 acres, is a truly unique vacation experience and perfect family destination. Beyond the luxury lodging and fine dining, the lodge features a world-class spa, five golf courses, fishing, and two full-service marinas.
Other amenities include miniature golf, volleyball, pickleball, horseback riding, carriage rides, paddle boating, kayaking, indoor/outdoor pools/lazy river, and Fun Mountain. This marvel amusement zone has over 50,000 square feet of endless entertainment, complete with an arcade, bumper car, and underwater-themed bowling alley.
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Out of town guests can choose to fly into either the Springfield-Branson National Airport (62 miles north of the lodge) or the smaller Branson Airport, about 13 miles away. If you haven’t been-it’s time to discover why Big Cedar Lodge has become one of the most popular resorts in the country.
Fun Fact: Before Table Rock Lake and Big Cedar Lodge’s development, the area was known as Big Cedar Hollow. The land also had a mysterious lake called Devil’s Pool. Back in the day, the Native Americans called this notorious attraction a ‘bottomless pit.’
Lodgings range from rustic glamping huts and cabins to luxury lodge rooms, cottages, or small villas. Meanwhile, some rooms feature fully equipped kitchens and fireplaces and all contain whirlpool tubs, free Wi-Fi, and minifridges. Big Cedar Lodge’s newest additions are luxurious camping sites along Camp Long Creek near Table Rock Lake.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum and Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail at the Top of the Rock. The museum hosts a captivating collection of exhibits, Civil War relics, and Native American artifacts.
Amazing Things to Do at Big Cedar Lodge
If the lake’s natural appeal and activities aren’t enough for you, check out the lodge’s own Fun Mountain. With over 50,000 square feet of adventure, this complex offers go-carts, a ropes course, a golf simulator, and pool tables. In addition, Fun Mountain also contains its own Discovery Center and Adventure Club.
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Guests not staying overnight at Big Cedar have access to all Fun Mountain offerings. There’s Uncle Buck’s Bowling, an underwater-themed alley, and an Augmented Climbing Wall for thrill-seekers. Fun Mountain also has a 60-game arcade, Fort Big Cedar laser tag, and Flip Zone and Spin Zone bumper cars.
With two full-service marinas to choose from (Bent Hook Marina & Market or the Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina), both provide gateways to your lake activities.
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These are the main hubs for your lake adventures, from boat and watercraft rentals to private sunset cruises on the Lady Liberty Yacht. The marinas provide fishing services, guides, and the famous lake tour, “Goin Jessi.” Whether it's jet-skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, or kayaking you’re into – there’s something for everyone at the beautiful Table Rock Lake.
In addition to the top-rated golf courses and horseback riding, guests can enjoy over six miles of paved paths ideal for running and biking. In addition, there are also more than nine miles of trails at Dogwood Canyon & Nature Park. This park also offers rock formations, waterfalls, and breathtaking lake views.
Photo Alert: The photo ops are endless anywhere near breathtaking Table Rock Lake or strolling through the awesome Ozark hills.
The Lost Canyon Cave Tour: Check out this unique adventure inside the Ozark Mountains with a magnificent waterfall, live bat colony, and also a saber-tooth tiger and short-faced bear skeletons.
Pro Tip: Check out the Bat Bar inside the cave for specialty cocktails like a vodka lemonade called Bat’s Blood or an amaretto bourbon called the Cannonball. Bottled beer and wine are also available.
Devil’s Pool is a fine dining experience that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meanwhile the Buzzard Bar features live music and appetizers. In addition, the Truman’s Café has smoothies and breakfast items. Or if you’re in the mood for Mexican, try Arnie’s Barn at Top of the Rock.
Inside Fun Mountain, Uncle Buck’s Grill features a delicious menu of down-home options such as:
- ice cream shakes
Fun Fact: Branson’s best-known ghost story revolves around the image of a young dark-haired woman wearing a long white dress walking the grounds of Big Cedar Lodge. Some guests claim to see her while others say they only hear her, and some say she’s shown up in the background of photographs.
Top of the Rock Golf Course features an incredible view of Table Rock Lake with a stunning stone church at the first hole. The choices are endless, from the 13-hole par-three Mountain Top to numerous 18-hole courses with the marvelous Ozarks as a backsplash.
Cedar Creek Spa
Cedar Creek Spa hosts a variety of ways to pamper your senses including:
- full-body massages
- nail salons
- massaging pedicure chairs and sofas
After a long day’s hike or boating excursion, make sure your self-care needs are met here at this world-class spa and salon!
Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy
The academy for sportsman enthusiasts has all skill levels of gun experience, from first-time shooters to professional gun owners. Experienced sharpshooters offer training in the beautiful Table Rock Lake setting. The lodge supplies guests with various shooting disciplines. This includes:
- ATA Trap
- Wobble Trap
- American Skeet
- Sporting Clays
- Clay targets
- Safety gear
Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, created Big Cedar Lodge as a destination for families and friends to connect in the great outdoors.
In 1987 Morris purchased Devil’s Pool Guest Ranch from Dan Norris, a real estate executive, and hotel operator. Afterward, Morris built on the lodge, which consisted of a hotel, stable, and swimming pool. Then, he turned it into the wilderness resort that it is today; what Travel and Leisure call the “#1 Resort in the Midwest.”
Big Cedar Lodge's founder Johnny Morris, a conservationist, has dedicated his career to preserving wildlife. The lodge’s environmental plan promotes land management, conservation of natural resources, recycling, composting, water conservation, and food production through its sustainable gardens. Morris believes, “We all live downstream.”
Check the website for rates and availability. Don’t worry – if you can’t get it all done in one trip, you can always come back!