Little Niangua Nature Cabin

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Things To Do

Having Fun

There are lots of things to do during a vacation at Little Niangua Nature Cabin…hiking, wading and swimming, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, bird watching, reading and napping. If you want to do something else, 30 minutes in any direction from the cabin will give you lots of options for attractions and activities!

When you want to rent a kayak, call my neighbor, James Sexton at 760-936-6010. Like us, he’s right on the river and would love to see you on the river!

To the west, you might visit boutiques, antique shops, a meadery, winery, or Lucas Oil Speedway. Hermitage is located about 15 miles west of us and features Virginia’s Restaurant where you get lots of Ozark prepared food for the dollar!

To the east, you might go horseback riding at “Old Family Farm Trail Rides”, visit Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Bridal Cave, another winery or two, and shop…a lot! From Mennonite food and furniture, specialty boutiques, more antiques, thrift and consignment shops, all the way to outlet shopping, there’s a lot to do!

Dining options are a bit of a drive, but there is a range available! Our closest option is ”Palasota’s Place” right in Macks Creek. They do great BBQ! Celebrating a special occasion? “Old Kinderhook Golf Resort” might be just what you need! In Camdenton, just 30 minutes east, you will find a number of national fast-food chains but the local mom and pop joints are the best! You can try “Golden Rock Winery,” one of the Mexican restaurants, or any of the little diners.

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Palasota’s Place

Palasota’s is a local restaurant featuring locally grown beef entrees accompanied with local recipe sides, a variety of drinks including beer and wine. They specialize in their own prepared BBQ beef and pork sandwiches and plates. Visit them on Facebook, call at (573) 363-9937 or check them out at

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Bennett Spring Sate Park

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Bennett Spring State Park has beckoned fishermen, picnickers, campers and canoeists for several generations! The Spring is one of Missouri’s largest, with a daily flow of more than 100 million gallons and provides habitat for rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. The park also hosts a WPA era dining lodge and hiking trails. Be sure to bring your fly rod; daily trout tags are available at the park store!

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Be sure to visit the castle ruins and the 12th largest natural spring in the state on your visit. The state park features paved trails and many picnic sites among the bluff lookouts!

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Bridal Cave

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Yes, couples really do tie the knot in this cave, one of the most easily accessible and dramatic caves in our Cave State of Missouri. The temperature remains a constant 60° inside year round, so it’s a great activity, no matter what the weather!

Interpreter-led walks are available throughout the day and last about one hour. Their above-ground store showcases many geologic samples from both local and international locations. So, if you’re a budding rock jock, this cave is for you!

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Lucas Oil Speedway

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If you’re a racing fan, this multi-purpose racing park will provide the roar and the smoke that you love! Located in Wheatland, about 18 miles west of us, it features VIP Suites, a giant HD Jumbo Tron Screen, Go Kart Track for all ages, a large dirt track, and Lake Lucas, known as the only purpose-built drag boat racing lake in the world!

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Ballparks National in Macks Creek, MO

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Youth sports teams can access our diamonds for fast pitch softball and hardball.  They will soon also play on fields for lacrosse, football, field hockey and soccer! Visit the website for details regarding coach, parent and visitor amenities!

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Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife

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It’s no wonder that Wonders of Wildlife is abbreviated WOW! Conservation is the theme along the 1.5 miles of indoor trails, featuring one of the largest immersion aquariums in the country. Many interactive wildlife displays focus on conservation education. Tickets must be purchased online. Their website provides links to Ancient Ozarks Park and several other outdoor attractions in southwest Missouri!

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Golden Rock Winery

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Located in Camdenton, 20 miles east of us, the winery offers a place to relax with a choice of 30 red, white, fruit, and specialty local and international wines. They also serve appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, wraps, and desserts in their restaurant. Complimentary wine tastings are available!

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