The lodge can accom-
modate up to 20 overnight
guests (8 doubles and 4
singles). in an open floor
plan of 4 suites and 2
sleeping lofts----4 queen,
4 full and 4 single beds. It has 4-1/2 baths - full bath in each suite and a
powder room near the great room.The lodge is also available for small weddings,special
events and day rental for
business or personal

Lodge Rental
$950 per night
with a 2 night minimum
Discounts are available for
stays of 4 nights or more
State and local taxes apply

Weddings/Special Events
Cedar Crest Lodge is the perfect setting for small weddings and family events up to 80 guests.  Additional $1500 fee applies and $500
security deposit.

Please call for more info
and special offers.

Reservation and
Cancellation Policy

A 50% deposit is required to
confirm reservations with a signed rental agreement.  The deposit must be received within 10 days of booking. We accept checks, VISA or Mastercard by phone or mail. There is a $25 cancellation fee prior to 60 days of reservation date.  If cancellation is less than 60 days and not rebooked,
you will be refunded 50% of your deposit.


Map & Directions

"Our sincerest thanks for
your hospitality and
kindness.It is a true blessing
to stay at Cedar Crest Lodge
and appreciate it's many
amazing "beauties" and
"wonders". Words do not
adequately give justice to the
architectural design and
attention to beautiful decor-
ating detail. It's uniqueness is

Karen & John Heller

"We have been fortunate to
spend five relaxing nights
here in your beautiful lodge.
You have done an amazing
job-from the grandness of the
building to the smallest
interesting details. What a

the Kieklak's
Fayetteville, AR

Cedar Crest Lodge
Come stay with us for a one-of-a-kind experience in luxury lodging in the heart of elk country.  We are the perfect setting for your family vacation, wedding, special event, or business retreat.  We are located on Highway 43 in Ponca, Arkansas.

You rent the entire lodge so your group can stay together under one roof.  The lodge is a merger between luxury and nature in a blend of native stone, cedar timbers and fine hardwoods and provides the comforts of home.

Cedar Crest Lodge has an open 6,000 square foot floor plan and can accommodate up to 20 overnight guests.  There are four master suites each with a bedroom with a queen bed, separate sitting room with a single sleeper sofa, Jacuzzi tub, and screened in porch. 

The two upper suites have a
unique step ladder up to a
sleeping loft that has 2 full
size beds and a single fold
out bed. 


Great room/sunken living room with wood-burning fireplace

Gourmet kitchen with top-quality appliances and granite breakfast bar that seats 8. Dishware, cookware & food staples provided

Formal Dining Room seats with large custom table

Bed and bath linens provided

Entertainment area with flat-screen TV with satellite, DVD player, X-Box console and two large leather sofas for comfortable viewing.

Wireless internet throughout property

Library area with adult and children books and board games

Screened-in porches - upper ones with hammocks

Multi-level large back deck bridging over Add's Creek to hillside pavillon with twin fireplaces. 

Private creekside patio.

Gas grill on deck

Twin outdoor fireplaces
in pavillon

Private access to Add's Creek

Horse shoe pit and croquet
on lawn

Phone:  (870) 861-5700 or (479) 236-5022
GPS:  36.026665,-93.365205  Map & Directions
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Cedar Crest Lodge

Ponca and Nearby Destinations:

Note that the times and distances listed in italics after the GPS coordinates are from Cedar Crest Lodge
Ponca Elk Education Center (in Ponca)  (870) 861-2432   
GPS:  36.02215, -93.36141  (.4 miles, 1 min
AGFC elk education center, nationally recognized facility
Open daily 10 - 4:30 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Boxley Valley Elk Herd (Highway 43 & 21)      Web
GPS:  35.97717, -93.40219  (5.1 miles, 9 mins)

Home of Arkansas' famous elk herd, arguably the most viewable in the southern US. Mornings and evenings, fall rut exceptional.
Lost Valley Hiking Trail  (3 miles south of Ponca on 43)   
GPS:  36.00297, -93.37295  (2.2 miles, 4 mins)

NPS  The most popular hiking trail in the upper Buffalo River area. Barrier free stretch, suitable for families. Eden Falls, native american shelter, waterfall in cave, outstanding spring wildflowers.
Smith Creek Preserve (3 mi. south of Church on 21)   Web
GPS:  35.93548, -93.38612  (8.6 miles, 16 mins
Nature Conservency, hiking trail 500 ft. descent in 1 mile. Two track road, hiking trail, very scenic spring fed creek with outstanding spring wildflower show. Popular with photographers.  Remote.
Hawksbill Crag  (6 miles up Cave Mtn. road)    Map
GPS:  35.88816, -93.4698  (13.5 miles, 32 mins)

Popular 3 mile round trip with 200 ft elevation change. Most photographed Arkansas Landmark. Trail can be rough, a few seasonal creeks.
Centerpoint Trailhead (5 miles north of Ponca on 43)    Map   
GPS:  36.09222, -93.334693    (6.4 miles,12 mins)

This trailhead is popular with hikers and horsemen. It is one of two ways to famous Hemmed In Hollow, the dangerous Goat Trail, Sneeds Creek Trail, and Granny Henderson's cabin. Big elevation changes, not for out of shape hikers. 1,000 ft descent. For most, this is an all day hike requiring frequent rest stops.

Nearby Towns:

Jasper  (16 mles from Ponca on Hwy 74)  20 minutes
GPS:  36.00835, -93.18635  (14.9 miles, 22 mins)

Quaint village of 500, offering places to eat including the Boardwalk Cafe, and the Cliff House Inn (6 miles south on Highway 7). A few shops to visit featuring local artists and offering local curiosities.
Harrison  (26 miles north of Ponca on 43)   35-45 minutes
GPS:  36.23026, -93.10802  (26.2 miles, 34 mins)

Harrison is a small town of 12,000 that offers many services not available at Ponca or Jasper. Most businesses are north of the square, 40 minutes or more away from Ponca. For emergency car repairs it would be the closest destination.

Day Trips:

Branson, MO (56 miles north of Ponca, 70 mins)
GPS:  36.64465, -93.22709  (56.3 miles, 70 mins)

Nationally famous entertainment destination on par with Nashville, TN. A popular day trip with local visitors to see national acts, and old time country entertainment.
Eureka Springs, AR (50 miles west of Ponca, about 1 hour)
GPS:  36.39489, -93.74231  (52.2 miles, 77 mins)

This is Arkansas' Victorian Village, built on a mountain with multiple springs and gardens city-wide. A must-see small town with too many attractions to mention. An outstanding day trip to a town with many art galleries, unique shops, other attractions.
Great Room at Cedar Crest Lodge

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Buffalo National River
Upper River Area

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Bathroom with Stained Glass
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