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Cedar Crest Lodge

A large luxury cabin located in the Ponca Wilderness Area

Cedar Crest Lodge

Cedar Crest Lodge is a luxury large rental cabin located in the Ponca Wilderness Area, ¼ mile from the Buffalo National River. You can get away from it all or stay connected with complimentary WiFi. It is not a traditional lodge –  you rent the entire place, not just a room! The lodge sleeps up to 20.

Cedar Crest Lodge is over 5,000 square feet in an open floor plan: main floor sunken living room with wood-burning fireplace, open kitchen, dining/meeting room with custom table seating 14, four master suites with a queen bed, and a separate sitting room with single sofa sleeper. Two upper suites have a unique ladder leading up to a large sleeping loft with two full-size beds. The back deck is over 800 square feet, with a bridge crossing over Adds Creek to a double fireplace pavilion.

The gourmet kitchen features a six-burner gas stove top, two commercial-size refrigerators, beverage cooler, separate ice maker, two freezer drawers, double convection ovens, warming drawer, microwave and dishwasher.  The kitchen is supplied with a coffeemaker, toaster, dishware, pots and pans, serving pieces and cleaning supplies.  A curved granite eating bar surrounds the kitchen with seating for 8. The dining room has a custom-made table which seats 14 and features a native stone fireplace. A 42” TV with satellite channels plus BluRay DVD player is located behind cabinetry for main floor viewing. Another is upstairs in the common area.

The second floor entertainment area is open to the living and dining room below. Multiple furniture groupings allow for a variety of activities; conversation, board games, TV viewing/gaming or small group interactions, 42” flat screen TV with satellite and local channels, a BluRay DVD player, XBox gaming system, two large leather sofas and a variety of board games, movies and XBox games ensures everyone’s preferences can be met. Two other furniture groupings give additional space for all activities.

Laundry room is just off the kitchen with a high-efficiency washer and dryer for your use. Cleaning supplies, brooms, mops and cleaning towels are provided. An outside door opens to the side driveway provides easy access for carrying in groceries or for guests needing fewer entry stairs. Located near the laundry room is a main floor powder room.

Outside a multiple level back deck connects to the bridge over Adds Creek and leads to the hillside stone pavilion with two outdoor fireplaces. A large propane grill is on the main deck making dining alfresco easy! Enjoy listening to the bubbling creek and watching the bats after a long day of canoeing or hiking! Adds Creek, which is a tributary to the Buffalo River passes under the deck bridge and stone stairs provide private access to the creek side patio.

Our driveway and parking area is motorcycle friendly. 

The lodge is the perfect place to hold your business retreats, family reunions, anniversary parties and weddings. Call us if you have questions about how we can accommodate your needs. Visit our Reservations page to check availability and rates.


  • WiFi (no cell service in the area)
  • Large back deck with gas grill
  • Two outdoor fireplaces in hillside pavilion
  • Stone creekside patio
  • Two 42” TVs satellite/local channels, BluRay players
  • Xbox Console, controllers
  • Central heat and air
  • Jacuzzi tubs in each master bath
  • Bed linens, towels, shampoo & soap provided
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Laundry room
  • Walking distance to Lost Valley Store and canoe rentals, Buffalo Outdoor Center, and Elk Education Center
“We love coming here with our cycling team every year for our spring training camp. Thank you so much!”


B.C. Minneapolis, MN

“There are no words to describe this place, It’s the place you could wake up everyday of your life in and be so happy.  I’ll be back!”



“Said our vows here at Cedar Crest! Beautiful place to marry.”


M & M

“Thank you for hosting our big group of biospeleologists!”


Cavers from 17 countries

“Beautiful and fun for the entire family.”


B. family

“Thank you for an awesome weekend. Always enjoy staying here.  See you next year.”


Memphis/Little Rock/NWA crew

“Very nice! Even prettier than pictures online!


A & M family

“Great way to celebrate graduation! So much fun to be here with friends and family!”


B. Frost

“So much fun! Went on 3 hikes, great meals by chaperones and thank you to our teacher, Mr. Rosser”


FHS Science Club

Packing List

  • Groceries
  • Specific outdoor equipment for activities
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water shoes
  • Head lamps for caving
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Field guides
  • Extra beach towels
  • Any alcohol beverages (dry county)

A deposit of 50% of total rental fee is required at time of booking. Fees may be paid in Cash, Check, Money Order or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover). Balance is due on or before check-in date. Reservations also require a signed rental agreement to be received within 10 days in order for us to continue holding the reservation. Your rental agreement will be emailed or mailed when we book your reservation. Please notify us if you do not receive your rental agreement, as it is crucial to your reservation.

We are completely pet-free to keep our lodge comfortable for guests with allergies. Please do not ask for an exception.


Click to open a VIRTUAL TOUR of Cedar Crest Lodge.

NOTE: Current furnishings are not shown in this original tour from 2002.
Numerous updates have been made to the lodge since this tour was created by the original owners.