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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to bring bed linens and towels?

No, we provide bed linens and towels.

What does fully equipped kitchen mean?

The kitchen is stocked with standard kitchen items: pots, pans, dishes, utensils, serving pieces, linens, basic dry goods.

Is there a grocery store nearby?

The Lost Valley store, just down from us, has many basic items or you may visit a grocery store in Jasper (approx. 17 miles away) or travel into Harrison where there is a Wal-Mart.

Is there phone service in lodge and cabin?

There is no cell service at the lodge or cabin. Local calls can be made free of charge. Only the lodge has a land line and the cabin does not have a phone. For long distance calls, you will need a prepaid calling card or virtual prepaid minutes. Go online from the lodge to att.com/prepaid or another long distance carrier to purchase minutes. To reach cell service you will need to go approx. 4 miles up Hwy 43 (to the top of the hill).

Is there internet service in lodge and cabin?

Yes, both the lodge and cabin have wireless internet.

Is firewood provided?

Firewood is provided on the deck of the lodge and on the patio of the cabin. Additional firewood can be found under the decks. In the lodge be sure to follow the directions provided to ensure flues are open.

What are local activities?

Elk watching, canoeing / kayaking, hiking, photography, picnicking, scenic drives. Visit our Area page for details.

Is maid service provided?

Maid is not provided. If you wish to have additional services provided please discuss your needs with us.

Alcohol beverages? Dry county?

You may bring your own alcoholic beverages, however Newton County is a dry county. Please put any glass bottles in the glass recycling containers provided.

Do you recycle?

Yes, we recycle. Everything is accepted – glass, all plastic, paper, metal, cardboard, Styrofoam.

How do I reserve canoes/kayaks? And how close are the river put-ins?

You can reserve canoes/kayaks through one of the local outfitters, such as Lost Valley Canoe, we do recommend making reservations well in advance. The closest put-ins are (in order): Ponca low water bridge, Steel Creek, Kyles Landing, Pruitt. The best time of the year to float the Upper Buffalo is April – June. The upper Buffalo is dependent on rainfall.

Do you have a hot tub?

There are indoor Jacuzzi tubs in lodge, and a outdoor hot tub at the cabin.

How close is the elk population to the lodge and cabin?

The elk population moves around the valley and can be found anywhere from the Ponca low water bridge, back along Hwy 43 to Boxley. At Boxley go left on Hwy 21, Elk can often be seen on either side of the road to the base of the hill.

How close is the lodge and cabin to the Buffalo River?

It is ¼ mile to the Ponca Access.

Can we have more than 2-3 people in the cabin?

No, that is our maximum since the cabin is just so small and cute.

Can just a room or two be rented in the lodge?

The lodge is rented as a one unit since it is a very open floor plan. There are other places in the area that do rent rooms.

Is catering available for meals?

Yes!  Our favorites are Low Gap Café just 4 miles away, or Boardwalk Café in Jasper 15 miles from us.

Is there reception space for events inside the lodge?

We do not have one large room for a reception. Groups of 30 can mingle inside but all others need to be hosted on the back deck.

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)

“Once again, spent our anniversary at this lovely cabin. This has been an annual refuge for us.  Your hospitality is unmatched.”

A & C

“We absolutely love your stay in your precious cabin!  The hot tub was thoroughly enjoyed after a long day of hiking. All of the amenities were fabulous compared to other places we have stayed.  We will definitely be back!”

A & K

“We love coming here with our cycling team every year for our spring training camp.  Thank you so much!”

B.C. Minneapolis, MN

“Another GREAT family reunion.  This is a beautiful place.”

R. Family

“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect wedding location. We will enjoy these memories for years to come and hope to return in the future! Thank you all!”

K & R

“Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality.  This is the best value of any cabin/hotel we have ever stayed in.”

D & K

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

FHS Science Club

“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!”


“We really love that we can cook here, the kitchen is well appointed for a small cabin.”

C & C

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

M & M