Cobblestone is a great place to disconnect and reconnect! Our family loves going and enjoying the fun activities, river floats, games, pool and meeting people that come year after year. There is nothing fancy about it! You just need a swimsuit, shorts, tshirts and a cooler of beer! It’s great family fun. The family that owns and runs the lodge are wonderful as well as all of the staff.
This was our first visit but it will not be our last! There is nothing fancy about this place and that’s what we loved. You can be unplugged from everything, enjoy being with your family and meeting new people. My only regret is I wish we would have found it sooner. The food was great, everyone who works there is great. Lee and his family make it a great experience!!
Haven't been back to Cobblestone since I was 10 years old. Nothing has changed and that is how it should be! Incredible place to bring the kids, the floating is amazing and the staff couldn't be more accommodating and kind. Lee Jr. is doing an awesome job and great to see Lee Sr. and Nancy still doing the horse races and hay rides. We'll definitely be back again soon!
My husband's family just held their family reunions for about 55 people. The ages ranged from one year to more than 90. There was plenty for everyone to do for three days. Between the organized activities, our own planned activities, and the included food it was a good deal and a lot of fun.
Our family, a group of 13 just visited Cobblestone Lodge in Steelville the week after Memorial day. We have been there many many times in the past starting in 1991. The price includes 3 family style meals a day, many activities for kids and adults alike, a heated swimming pool, if the weather is cool and 2 float trips a day. As always, we had a very good time and will continue to return year after year. The place is full of rustic charm. It is very clean . The owners, Lee Layton, Jr. And his wife Kat, are very accommodating and will definitely welcome you! Terry Anderson
Family fun with kids under 10 with meals and entertainment included. Upon arriving we appreciated having a list and times of events. The first night we enjoyed playing air hockey and loved making smores by toasting marshmallows over a fire and squishing them between keebler stripe cookies... a great new way of doing smores. Breakfast the next morning was scheduled between 8 and 9. Upon arriving in the dining hall and finding our assigned seats we were brought french toast and bacon. Apples and bananas along with cereal and toast was also available as well as juice or milk and coffee. I wish instant oatmeal would also be available as an alternative. Day 2 was scrambled eggs with ham as well as biscuits and gravy. Day 3 was pamcakes and sausage. After breakfast, the kids liked playing on the playground equipment (swings, slides, teeter totters, rock digger, various climbing apparatus, and trampoline). My 3 year old loved the trampoline the best. We played billiards ($1) as well as Ms. PacMan ($.50) and the claw game for rubber ducky where everyone is a winner ($1). My 3 and 7 year olds and I enjoyed making poppers and targets during children programming time. They also liked the barrel train ride but wished it was longer. Afterwards, my 7 year old learned how to play Bocce Ball as well as shuffleboard and loves both. While there were planned tourneys, Bocce ball and shuffleboard equipment is always available for free as well as darts, archery, basketball, tether ball, and minigolf. Lunch was super with salad, moschitoli, and garlic bread. (Food along with drinks were waiting at our assigned table at 12 sharp along with tea for the adults and koolaid for the kids. Afterwards, coconut cream pie was brought around for dessert. Day 2 was salad, chicken and dumplings, biscuits, peas/carrots and peach cobler for dessert. Again, delicious. Day 1 dinner was ok being an outside cookout with hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, beans, chips, and tea, water, or koolaid, but the choc cupcakes were delicious. Day 2 dinner was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and jello cake. Evening entertainment included horseracing for the whole family, bingo, dodgeball for adults, card playing for adults, talent show, etc. But, I have heard that this changes....lots of people have been coming since they were youngsters and now bring their own children or own grandchildren. We had never been here before and all of the guests were friendly and we all felt right welcome at right at home. Kids loved making new friends and playing games as well as drawing with chalk on the concrete while adults played in a shuffleboard or bocce ball tourney. A small souvenier shop as well as need supplies available for purchase such as bandaids, toothpaste, etc is onsite as well.. There is also a washer and dryer available on site for a fee but we never used it. Rafting, canoe, and tube trips are included with equipment and life jackets privided (sign up early) but a 2 hour trip is maybe too long for a 3 and 7 year old so I look forward to doing this maybe next year...I wish there was a shorter trip and I wish they had fishing equipment where people could check out the equipment to use at the river access point. The pool with waterslide is absolutely wonderfull!!!!! The slide was my 7 year olds favorite thing about the trip. However, you do need to bring life jackets for kids...1/3 is 3 ft deep 1/3 is 5 ft deep, 1/3 is 8 ft deep and there is no lifeguard. Tables with umbrellas, chairs, and loungers around the pool. The main building sells ice cream bars, ice, drinks, and other snacks if you get the munchies during times other than the included breakfast, lunch, and dinner times. (You can pay or charge it to ur cabin) Two things I would voice the need for reflection from the owners would be 1) to have chairs at the end of the river access trail for people to simply sit and watch the river and maybe sunsets and 2) to have a designated smoking area or smoking guidelines for outside common areas. People were smoking in the pool area, around kids outside, and around the entrance to the main building which made it difficult to avoid. Also, while the cabins are non-smoking, when people smoke in the screened in porches the smoke smell carries into the cabins such as in adjacent units of the Hilltop Cabin. Maybe interested parties should ask for individual cabins where walls are not shared between units to avoid the smoke smell coming in the cabin rooms?? I would suggest that families bring swim towels, bath towels, and wash clothes from home. The towels in the bathroom are more like thin hand towels and only 1 is provided per person each day. We really enjoyed family time together and my kids cant wait to comeback. I would recommend this fir families with kids 10 and under most definetly! Thank you Lee (owner) and Cobblestone Lodge staff!…
My family booked a weekend stay here for a family reunion. Unfortunately for us this entire property was an accident waiting to happen for our almost 2 year old. All walkways around cabins are covered in tree roots and sharp rocks jutting out of the ground which inhibited allowing our child to walk anywhere without us having a death grip on his arm. ALL of the playground equipment was extremely outdated to the point that we were afraid he would get cut or worse on the rusting metal slides,etc. The kiddie pool is right near the adult pool with no barriers. As others have stated the putt putt course is a joke covered in gravel?! As we attempted to at least walk our toddler down to see the river my husband literally stepped on a baby copperhead snack that was laying at the entrance of the walking path. Another complaint considering this is a place that specializes in large groups and reunions is that all meals require you to sit at your designated family table which completely defeats the purpose of being able to socialize and visit with your relatives. My family sat at a corner table for every meal completely separated from the rest of our extended family which is something we could’ve just stayed home to do. The drink options were koolaid for the kids and unsweet tea in child sized cups for the adults. The food was not good, dried sliced chicken breasts the first night, and hamburgers dipped in bbq sauce with no buns on the next night. We opted to pick up food in town. The lodge area has several games, including pool, foosball, and shuffleboard. However they all cost money to play and several took our money and did not work. The cabins are furnished with the absolute bare minimum and do not offer a fridge or microwave which also made things difficult with a young child. We ended up leaving a day early bc we were so miserable. Overall this is most definitely a place for families with older children and those who don’t mind roughing it.…
We were to participate in many activities with our grandson for the very first time. Self paddled raft trip. He knows how to bail out a canoe. Also how to trust your life jacket when you tip over a canoe. We played horseshoes, darts, shot bow and arrows. He and grandma improved their skills at shooting pool and swimming in a pool. The staff is friendly and helpful. Food is served family style. Our bowls went back to the kitchen empty. Good home style food. Many extended family groups. One had 4 generations. Great place to relax or have fun.
Wow- We had a great time! It was non-stop fun and activities from the time we checked in until the time we left. My grandson is ten, and we were a little worried he would be bored and asking us for our phones, but he loved every second. The first day we took a raft and floated. The water was crystal clear and the river was cool and relaxing. That night we played games with the other families and had a blast. We ended the night with a viewing of Trolls inside the lodge. My grandson fell asleep watching, so we went to bed. The next day we opted to float on inner tubes and again, it was perfect. Before dinner, we tried our hand at archery and mini golf. After dinner, they had crafts and activities for the kids and the adults played trivia. They are jammed packed with activities for everyone and we were not bored for a second. That being said, I did have a couple of suggestions: 1. When we arrived we were not told anything about how the experience worked. We were not really greeted at all, and I felt like I was intruding by trying to get my key and check in. From the reviews, I expected to be welcomed like family, but that is not the case. You are given a key and basically have to figure out things on your own. For example, when we went to dinner, we went to the lodge at the appropriate time and followed the crowd in. We sat at a table and after a few minutes, the server asked if we could move to another table which had our names. If anyone had explained that on check in, we would not have had to been herded to our spot. If you are going there, look for name places on the tables and find yours. That will be your table the remainder of your stay. It would have been that easy for them to tell us. 2. Dinner was brought out and sat in front of us and we had no idea what we were being served. My parents are both from the "country", so I had an inkling, but it has been many years since I grew up on this food, and it would be nice to know what I am being served. A list of the menu for the week upon check in would be amazing. I grew up on catfish, and if I never see another catfish nugget in my life, I will be happy. Had I known that was the only option the first night, we would have driven to Cuba for dinner and not sat at the table not eating the main course. As it was, we sent my daughter to get pizza and ran over to the cabin to eat a slice between activities. We paid approximately $250/night for a cabin, activities and floats. This is very reasonable considering renting a raft in this area starts at $160. Our cabin was clean and comfortable. We had brought a cooler, and the lodge sold ice, so we were able to keep some sodas in there. No soda at dinner. Only tea, Kool-Aid, milk, coffee and water. My daughter also grabbed some snacks on her trip to Cuba and we had those if needed. I was very disappointed in the food, however I know that is based on personal preference and the price for staying is still exceptional if you consider all of the activities and leave out the food. I will gladly send for dinner if it means I will have a wonderful time with my family.…
We had our annual family trip to Cobblestone Lodge last week and all the kids, big and little, said it was the best trip we have ever had. Got in a couple of good floats on the river during the week when it wasn't crowded. With 6 teenagers the family style meals were great and everyone enjoyed the food at mealtime. The cabins we were in were all very clean and functional but we spent most of our time enjoying all the amenities and activities. If you like quaint and quiet places this is it. Even though the cabins are old they are well maintained. Since our family enjoys outdoor activities Cobblestone fits the bill for us perfectly. We already booked our stay for next year. I also want to compliment Lee and the entire Cobblestone team for making our stay very comfortable.