Big Cedar Lodge and the Big Cedar Resort complex is very extensive and is rated as one if not the very best lake resorts in the nation. It is located South West of Branson and along the southern shoreline of beautiful Table Rock Lake. Big Cedar Lodge has be the visiting place of some of the highest level citizens of the country as well as many foreign dignitaries.
The newest of the lodges at Big Cedar, this structure dominates the resort from its ridge top vantage point. Its exterior combines native stone and massive timbers to achieve a grand appearance and blend with its natural environment. Balconies with all rooms afford a treetop view of the resort and the lake below.
The outdoor theme continues throughout this lodge as its decor incorporates wildlife mounts with copper and wood carved wildlife scenes. Hand wrought metals and stained glass add warm color and ambiance. Jacuzzi baths lend a special touch to each room, and king rooms include a gas fireplace. All 65 accommodations in this lodge are non-smoking, and ADA facilities are available here.
History of the Big Cedar
Lodge and Resort
As Publisher of this site it is my duty to offer advise/reviews on different Branson Attractions,Branson Lodging, Branson Entertainment and many other subjects. When it comes to Branson Lodging/Resorts it gives me great pleasure to offer this review of the Big Cedar Resort.
Historically the area, that the Big Cedar Resort now occupies, was located by Jude Simmons ,a local businessman, and Harry Worman, a Frisco Railroad Executive. They purchased 300 heavily forested acres and each built homes. Simmons home was of log construction blending in with the surroundings and Wormans was a traditional Tudor style constructed of stone and stucco and was more in contrast with the surroundings.
Both homes came under hardship of ownership during and after the great depression. The families were unable to spend as much quality time at their second homes and they were eventually sold off to a logging firm and in 1947 it was purchased by Dan Norris, a real estate executive and hotel executive. Dan expanded the properties by setting up stables and swimming pools as well as the addition of a new guest lodge and the complex took on the title of Devil's Pool Ranch and resort.
Originally the Big Cedar Resort, as we know it today, was located on the White River and in 1958 it was damned up to form Table Rock Lake. The facilities must have been on high enough ground not to be covered with water when Table Rock Lake filled to capacity and now having over 745 miles of shore line and 43,000 acres of surface area .
In 1987 the Big Cedar Resort complex was purchased by the Bass Pro Shops company and John Morris decided to restore the Worman and Simmons homes. The area now known as Big Cedar Hollow gave the new ownership the name Big Cedar Lodge and Resort. Construction has been ongoing for years at the new facility by the Bass Pro Company and the resort now has several additional Lodge facilities with many remote Log Cabins of different sizes and appointments that are located in the surrounding forested acres.
Big Cedar Lodge and Resort as we know it today
The The Big Cedar Lodge and Resort is now know as one of the premier lake resorts in the nation. All types of water activities are available and being on one of the best Bass Fishing lakes in the nation doesn't hurt a bit. The resort also has remote cabins available for rent at a remote site about 16 miles away called Dogwood Canyon. This is a very secluded and scenic canyon which is especially beautiful in the spring when all the Dogwood trees are in full white and pink bloom. Reservations at this time are highly prized and should be made months if not a year ahead of time to assure the best blossom season of the Dogwood Trees. This Nature Park has 10,000 acres of pristine wilderness.
The Marina offers all the water sport activities you could imagine including 100 covered boat slips and the stables offers horse back riding and even country side wagon rides pulled by beautiful Belgian Draft Horses. There is a Spa and Fitness Center which also offers Sauna facilities. If you are interested in golf, and it seems now days it seems everyone is, there is the Spectacular Jack Nicklaus Signature Par 3 golf course.
In our opinion the Big Cedar Lodge and Resort is the nicest and most beautiful lodge/resort in the area if not in the country. Being it is my job to make some personal observations I would only say that if you are only interested in a quiet lakeside visit you will surely find it here at Big Cedar Lodge and Resort. However if you are interested in the other attractions and entertainment that Branson is so well known for you probably would like to have a automobile to travel around in during your stay as the facility is about 15 miles from the Branson Strip where all the shows are located and there is one of the finest Theme Parks known as Silver Dollar City almost directly across the lake and it is probably about 20 miles by auto. Please be aware that this not a large issue as we live off the same highway that the resort is on but we are another 7-8 miles farther from town and it seems we have reason to make the trip several times a week and it only takes about 25 minutes for us. Highway 65 is now double lane and the traffic is able to go about twice as fast as in the past.
While the guys are out fishing the ladies may want to take a trip to town and go shopping. There are about 5 or 6 larger malls along the strip and the new Branson Landing complex contains a Parent Company Bass Pro Shop and floating resteraunt plus dozens of great smaller shops of all kinds. In what we call Downtown Branson you will find the famous Dicks 5 and Dime store that is just packed full of everything from soup to nuts. There are several greater modern as well as quaint places to eat and just rest your feet. The downtown area could easel y occupy you for a entire day and maybe two. The larger so called box stores are located a little north of Branson in the Bee Creek area.
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612 Devil's Pool Rd. - Ridgedale, MO 65739
1-800-BCLODGE (1-800-225-6343) - firstname.lastname@example.org