Big Cedar Lodge
Big Cedar’s main grounds can be a busy place – but you’d never know it from the quiet comfort of your own lodge or cabin. Big Cedar, a heritage resort in Missouri, offers specialty lodging accommodations evident in the traditions of quality that is the hallmark of its founder. Guests choose from a variety of rooms in three distinctly different historic lodges, a cozy knotty pine cottage, or a beautifully crafted log cabin. Each unique structure is finely appointed with comfort and convenience in mind and provides the level of privacy and seclusion that you desire.
The ruggedness of historic Big Cedar Lodge’s remote setting will surely inspire your curiosity about the Native Americans and wildlife who roamed these hills for a century, living in harmony with the land. Tucked deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the area was accessible only by horseback and foot. Just after the turn of the twentieth century, railroads made their appearance, transforming this everyday world into a vacation paradise.
The 1920s found two prominent Missourians building lavish country resort homes on land adjoining the Long Creek arm of the White River known as Big Cedar hollow. Together, business entrepreneur Jude Simmons and Frisco Railroad executive Harry Worman acquired 300 lushly forested acres.
Big Cedar Lodge features several types of historic architecture. Simmons created a log mansion, reminiscent of the grand wilderness hunting lodges found in the Adirondacks, while Worman constructed a Tudor-style retreat of stone and stucco. Native materials were used throughout both homes, which can still be seen today in Devil’s Pool Restaurant and The Worman House.
The building then changed hands for a short time to a consumptive logging firm before being purchased in 1947 by Dan Norris, a real estate executive and hotel operator. Norris added a lodge, swimming pool and stable to the buildings creating Devil’s Pool Ranch Resort.
The White River was dammed to form Table Rock Lake in 1958, setting the stage for the Ozarks’ premier wilderness resort, Big Cedar Lodge. Following Bass Pro Shops’ acquisition of the building in 1987, founder Johnny Morris restored the Simmons and Worman buildings to their original prominence.
When you visit Big Cedar Lodge today, you will see, taste and feel the inspiration of the Osage Indians. Just look over in to Devil’s Pool and you can feel days of yesteryear come to life. If you listen closely, you’ll hear the stomping of dancing feet from past parties with Harry & Dorothy at the Worman house.
Over the years, the Big Cedar Lodge hotel has been owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Shriners Hospital for Children®, and the Ford Motors Credit Company.
Originally Opened: 1921
612 Devil’s Pool Road
Ridgedale, MO 65739
Historic Hotels of America toll-free reservations number (800) 678-8946
The Jazz Age, 1919 ~ 1928
Big Cedar’s main grounds can be a busy place – but you’d never know it from the quiet comfort of your own lodge or cabin. Big Cedar, a heritage resort in Missouri, offers specialty lodging accommodations evident in the traditions of quality that is the hallmark of its founder.
Learn more about the History of Big Cedar Lodge.