Big Cedar Lodge named Travel + Leisure’s Number One Resort in the Midwest

Travel + Leisure

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around the world. Hotels and resorts are rated on their facilities, rooms, location, service, food and drink and overall value, and then ranked in the World’s Best Awards.

In 2016, Big Cedar Lodge in southwest Missouri was named the Number One Resort in the eleven-state Midwest region. Perched high in the Ozark Mountains and overlooking 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, the family-friendly Bass Pro Shops resort is a destination for families from across the country who love the outdoors. With 4,600 acres of reserve land, Big Cedar Lodge offers horseback riding, hiking, biking, championship golf and world-class fishing. Amenities and offerings have been expanded and refined throughout their nearly 30-year history, and now offer a truly first-rate resort experience.

There is plenty to do for the less adventurous, including the 18,000-square-foot spa with saunas, steam rooms, fireplaces, private
open-air showers and a candle-lit grotto pool. Guests can embark on a sunset cruise on Lady Liberty, a 65-foot luxury yacht, while enjoying live music and hors d’oeuvres.


With friendly Ozarks hospitality and unmatched attention to detail, the resort features a collection of lodges, cottages and cabins rooted in rustic elegance, complete with modern comforts and amenities. The resort offers three restaurants, world-class spa, five swimming pools and dynamic land and water adventures, including hiking, bass fishing, water skiing and much more.


Nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a 10,000-acre nature lover’s paradise. Owned and operated by the not-for-profit Dogwood Canyon Foundation, Dogwood Canyon offers miles of streams that flow through spectacular limestone canyon wilderness, and the pristine natural environment provides for an array of activities and wildlife sightings. The Nature & Conservation Center offers interactive learning with hands-on plant and animal demonstrations. This center connects to an immersive two-story tree house with a swinging bridge.


Top of the Rock is a nature-based heritage preserve and majestic extension of the resort experience at Big Cedar Lodge. A true celebration of the land, animals, and people that came before us, Top of the Rock honors the alluring landscape and rich history of southwest Missouri. The preserve offers guided adventures through ancient limestone canyons, remarkable restaurants with aweinspiring views, and at the heart of it all, a 35,000-square-foot history museum featuring the foremost collection of Native American art and artifacts ever assembled.


Big Cedar Lodge is home to two world-class golf facilities that offer a rich golf experience to attract visitors from across the nation. Already acclaimed as the region’s top golf course, Buffalo Ridge Springs is a championship course that has been transformed by the guiding hands of conservationist Johnny Morris and renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio.

Top of the Rock features the first-ever par-3 course to be included in a PGA TOUR event, a true celebration of nature, the Ozarks, and the game of golf. The experience includes a Jack Nicklaus 9-Hole Signature Course and an Arnold Palmer Driving Range. Two new courses are currently being constructed at Big Cedar Lodge – an 18-hole course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and a family-friendly short course designed by Gary Player.


Set to open in 2017, Big Cedar’s Activity Center will feature a state-of-the-art arcade, ropes course, underwater-themed bowling alley, Kids’ Adventure Club, restaurant and bar, and NASCAR-themed electric go-kart track. The all-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in nearby Springfield, Missouri will be one of the largest, most immersive conservation attractions in the world. The 315,000-square-foot adventure inspires visitors to enjoy, love, and conserve the great outdoors and is connected to the flagship Bass Pro Shops “Granddaddy” store.

Big Cedar Lodge located in southwest Missouri near Branson, a beautiful drive less than four hours away. To book your wilderness adventure, or for more information about Big Cedar Lodge, you can visit or call 1-800-225-6343.