Cave, rustic cabins, river access. Canoes and kayaks available for an additional fee. Cabin 5 has a flush toilet, running water, and an extension cord for power, though I highly recommend foregoing the power and using the kerosene lanterns. Beautiful ambiance.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Delightful cabin & location!
Our stay at the cabin was stellar! The outdoors was a blast to explore and the accommodations inside were perfect for the price and weather. Don’t expect a luxurious experience per se (no shower or air conditioning) but it’s perfect for a camping/glamping hybrid. HIGHLY recommend a visit to 40 acres and a cave!
Unique piece of america—wow.
This is what Hipcamp is all about! We would have never found this amazing place otherwise.
We (me, my partner, and our two dogs) arrived around 9 PM and Dori was happy to meet us in the dark (her mom usually helps with campers, but was on vacation, so Dori stepped in). She had a camp fire waiting--which was perfect after a 6 hour drive. Our dogs have a hard time getting along with other dogs sometimes, but Dori was super accommodating and penned her dogs so ours could explore. Dori assured us we could treat this property like it was ours, which made us feel extra comfortable. She gave us a quick history of the property—we were in awe. It's an abandoned resort built in the 1920s, complete with cave restaurant. Yea... a restaurant built into a cave. WHAT?!
The cabin was primitive, but that's exactly what we were looking for. Two rooms, four beds. A bathroom. Running water. It was super comfortable. Waking up to a rooster crowing with the view of expansive hills out one window and a close hillside with flowers out the other was just perfect.
Dori offered us her kayaks and even dropped us off at the starting point the next morning. The route was beautiful. The bluffs were awesome, and it was fun to "spot the cave." This was an unexpected part of the trip, and I'm so thankful for Dori's willingness.
Lake of the Ozarks State park is a beautiful 35-minute drive from Dori's place. Perfect for a quick trip to lots of hiking. They even rent boats, but we stuck to the trails. Dori provided all we needed to cook over the campfire, so we had steak and veggies for dinner when we returned. Yum! (The property is not far from a small town, so when we needed to run for groceries, it wasn't a bother.)
We explored the property the next day, and it felt like we were true explorers that had just come upon Shangri-La. The property is beautiful. The run-down cabins were really neat to explore. And the cave/restaurant—my goodness. You won't find anything like it anywhere else. They're in the process of taking all of the restaurant equipment out of the cave, but it was mostly gone. There is a door in the cave that leads to a tunnel you can climb through, and that leads you to the bluff. We weren't able to do this with the dogs, but we will next time we visit! Truly unique.
We can't wait to visit again!
We had a great time. We wanted to get away to a rustic secluded place to just enjoy our family. We hiked the property, toured the cave, checked out the river and drove about 45 minutes away to hike through a state park. We also enjoyed all the animals and we just felt at home. Dori was an excellent host and made sure we were taken care of. Thank you!!
The property and the experience exceeded our expectations of a weekend away from the everyday routine and a chance for our family to spend some quality time together. Cherie was a great host. She was overwhelmingly accommodating. The canoe trip down the river was a great way to spend several hours and cooling off in the river was nice. We felt at home and loved exploring the resort's buildings and caves. I would highly recommend Cherie and Dori's place if you're looking for a weekend getting back to a simpler way of life.
Fun, adventures, cozy, great people
What a great weekend getaway! Dori was so helpful and friendly. She made sure that we had the right directions and we found it easily.
The property is amazing and has some very interesting history. There’s plenty to explore and we were made to feel welcome to go and do anything as though it were ours.
The cabin was rustic but more than adequate. We cooked over an open fire and used my Coleman stove for heating water for coffee etc.
Roger, the river guide and property overseer, was so much fun. He told us all about the property and then took us on a kayak float down the river. It was almost like having our own personal guide to the area. He’s a real fun maker and our dog had a wonderful time playing with him and the other dogs around.
We really can’t recommend this off-the-wall oldtimey defunct resort enough. Five stars!
Unique “unplugged” adventure
My husband, teenage son and I enjoyed “unplugging” at 40 acres and a Cave. The quaint two bedroom cabin was a great place to sleep comfortably and the grounds are beautiful! We love Fern Cliff State Park and the setting of this old abandoned resort reminded us of Fern Cliff. Exploring the old “cave” restaurant was fun, and my boys caught plenty of fish in the pond on site. Of course there’s also a river for kayaking. The resident dog, Bandit was great and we enjoyed watching the chickens and ducks too!