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Greene County, Missouri
May 6, 2012
by Levi Combs
April 9, 2012
by Ben the Grate
March 5, 2002
The Hillside Cabin is the most rustic and secluded. It is surrounded by trees, but its balcony (complete with hot tub) offers a view over the old mill pond. Upstairs is a queen bed and a double bed, and downstairs is a fold-out couch and a fireplace. (Cabin can sleep up to 6).
The Whitaker Cabin is more contemporary and is located in the village of Ponca (population 43). There is a private bedroom on the first floor with a queen bed. In the loft are 2 double beds. In the living room is a fold-out couch along with a wood-burning stove. This cabin can sleep 8 and also has a hot tub.
My FAVORITE cabin is the Adds Creek Cottage. If I'm going to stay in Ponca, I stay here. It is a charming little cottage right on the creek just below the waterfall, which can be heard (and seen in winter) from the bubbly hot tub on the deck. The cottage is small, with a semi-private bedroom (double bed) and a fold-out couch in the living room. There is a gas-operated stove that looks like a woodburning stove, and the bathroom has a shower. This cabin sleeps 4, but is much more charming and romantic for 2. There is a full kitchen that has all the pots and pans and silverware you need to cook wonderful meals.
All three cabins are mercifully free from telephones and televisions, though they all have a small radio if you think you'd like to try your hand at finding a radio station that transmits up in these hills.
All the cabins are $80 per night for two people, and $5 more per person. Pets are welcome if they are pest-free.
Thankfully, Lost Valley now accepts Visa/MC, and they request at 50% deposit within 10 days of booking, and full refund is made if you cancel up to 10 days before you arrive.
In high season, they may have a 2 night minimum stay, but in low season they might waive this for you at the last minute. They MIGHT even cut you a deal on the room if you're a repeat guest, like me!
Coming into Ponca from Jasper, cross the Buffalo and turn RIGHT onto Road 43. You'll drive through the tiny hamlet of Ponca, and then at the far end you'll see Ponca General Store/Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging on the right. You'll see a very old gas pump out front. You check in at this store and they'll show you to your cabin.
Just tell them Ben from Dallas sent you, and they'll treat you right. You can also rent canoes and get shuttles from the friendly owners, and they are a WEALTH of advice about trails and history.
From journal Adventure in the Ozarks