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 or need a fishing guide, 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! He’ll take you to any of the nearby fishing hotspots, like; the Big Niangua River, the Pomme de Terre River, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Niangua, or Stockton Lake! Whether you fish for smallmouth or largemouth bass, channel cat, crappie, blue or flathead catfish, he will outfit and shuttle you where you want to go!

To the west, you might visit the boutiques, an antique shop, a meadery, a winery, or Lucas Oil Speedway. Hermitage is located about 15 miles west of us and features the restaurants Pomme de Rita and the Crappie Hole Bar and Grill!

To the east, you might go horseback riding at “Old Family Farm Trail Rides” (, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Bridal Cave, the Golden Rock Winery in Camdenton, and shop the Ozarkland Store across from the County Court House! Fifteen miles south on Highway 73, be sure to visit the Mennonite food store and the Niangua Furniture Store which is where we purchased all five of our cedar log bunk beds! If you’re looking for a great dinner and/or a round of golf, try the “Old Kinderhook Golf Resort!

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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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