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The Best Choice Among Recreational Destinations in Missouri

Top of the Rock is a premier attraction in the Big Cedar Lodge family of outdoor destinations. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Ozark Mountains and legendary Table Rock Lake, Top of the Rock features the world-class Top of the Rock Golf Course, Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum. Top of the Rock also features the “End of the Trail” All-American Wine Cellar, 3 restaurants, a Golf Pro Shop, and the spectacular Chapel of the Ozarks and Civil War era cabin.

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Top of the Rock is steeped in Missouri’s legendary history and natural beauty. Bass Pro Shops embodies the philosophy: caring about the land and water breeds a fierce desire to sustain it. John L. “Johnny” Morris, founder of Big Cedar Lodge and Bass Pro Shops, and his team of craftsmen unearthed Top of the Rock, using the natural landscape as a guide. Every detail at the Top of the Rock pays homage to the Ozarks history. Craftsmen have seamlessly blended natural formations with manmade structures.

Inspiring people to appreciate the history of a place is the key to preserving it for future generations. As with his many other conservation projects, Morris fueled building Top of the Rock with a passion for the Ozarks that has brewed throughout his life. A family friend, Dr. Graham Clark, former president of College of the Ozarks, was the original owner of the land that is now home to Top of Rock. As a young man, Morris went spelunking in a vast cave and hunted mushrooms on the property. Years later as part of his goal to sustain and share the Ozarks history, he acquired the land. As with his signature Big Cedar Lodge retreat, natural elements have guided every aspect of the design, resulting in a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experience.