Hiking, Canoeing and an Amazing Underground Adventure in the Ozarks

Discover the pristine beauty of the Ozarks and learn about the region’s natural history through hikes, cave walks, canoeing adventures and a pontoon ride on an underground lake!
Rating (4.9)
Program No. 20269RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Set amidst thousands of acres of forest-covered hills, a pristine lake and near one of America’s most remarkable underground playgrounds, Trout Lodge is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise in the Ozarks. Join the outdoor staff to experience the natural history of the area on a hike, canoe Sunnen Lake and learn about aquatic ecology, try your hand at archery or riflery and take a pontoon ride on an underground lake. You can even learn about horses at the Triangle Y ranch and go for a ride. You’ll be amazed at all the activities so close!
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Voted one of America’s Top 100 Adventures, take a pontoon ride on the underground lake in the Bonne Terre Mine.
  • Venture out on a naturalist-led hike to a mud cave, then explore inside.
  • Visit a local winery to sample local wines, try line dancing with ranch staff and enjoy a campfire under the stars!

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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