Spend Time Outdoors at Big Cedar Lodge
Johnny Morris made it his mission to preserve the land as he developed Big Cedar Lodge. We are happy to offer a variety of nature excursions and tours to showcase the beautiful land and represent the rich history. Get a closer view of nature and experience the natural beauty of the Ozarks at Big Cedar.
Table Rock Lake Tour (Goin’ Jessi)
Step aboard the Goin’ Jessi, an exact replica of a 1934 Chris Craft, named after Waylon Jenning’s wife, Jessi. The Goin’ Jessi will take you on an hour-long cruise of Table Rock Lake.
- Seats six comfortably
- Complimentary Champagne for guests over 21
- To book your ride on the Goin’ Jessi, contact Guest Services at 1-800-225-6343
Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail
Experience the unforgettable two and a half mile journey on an electric cart as you explore the Top of the Rock Lost Canyon and Nature Trail. This dramatic trail was created to highlight stunning rock formations, waterfalls and views of Table Rock Lake. Don’t forget to stop at the Bat Bar for a fresh glass of lemonade.
Your experience will begin at the Top of the Rock Welcome Center. Carts hold up to four people. You must be 18 years or older to operate. This tour lasts approximately 40-50 minutes.
- Daily Hours 9:00 AM – One Hour Before Sunset
- Adults $28 + Tax
Children (Ages 4-11) $12 + Tax
Children 3 and Under Free
- Top of the Rock Scenic Nature Walk Schedule ›
Private Wildlife Tours
Find yourself in an off-trail adventure with one of our private wildlife tours at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Offered year round, with limited availability, this guided trip brings you to the heart of Dogwood Canyon with a view of the park from backcountry logging roads, only seen on this private tour or by horseback. Tours can accommodate 1-3 people.
Wildlife Tram Tours
Take a ride on the wild side on our open-air tram to explore the beauty of Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. This informative, two-hour tour winds through the canyon floor with views of towering bluffs and waterfalls. You’ll stop at the 1800s Hope Wedding Chapel, Thunder Falls Crossing to feed the fish and the Glory Hole, a pool with magnificent blue-green water. As you cross the Arkansas border, you’ll encounter American bison, elk, whitetail deer and Texas longhorn.
View Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in style on a modern segway. After a brief session, you’ll take on a 90-minute guided tour, learning the history of the park and viewing the park’s most breathtaking sites. You’ll even make a stop to feed the beautiful rainbow trout along the way.
Cathedral of Nature
After a sinkhole opened at Top of the Rock Ozark Heritage Preserve in May 2015, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris went deep into a national treasure hunt that might reveal a hidden, secret passageway and massive cave system underneath.
By the Numbers:
Referred to as the Cathedral of Nature™ today, excavation crews have removed 1.2 million yards of earth and 82,600 loads of dirt and rock, in the hopes of discovering a passageway to connect the system and reveal a new wonder.
- Surface Width: Originally 70 feet wide, now 350 feet wide.
- Surface Length: Originally 100 feet long, now 600 feet long.
- Depth: Originally 40 feet deep, now 200 feet deep.
Crews will continue to work in search of a new connection, though Morris is pleased with the amazing findings already revealed.