Winter in the Ozarks

Winter is generally a slower time here in the Ozarks. However, it’s perfect for hiking, campfires, & s’mores. The massive rocks and boulders that were covered by bushes during the Spring and Summer and suddenly opened up and amazing. Rates are slightly lower from Jan 1st to March 15th also! Since the cabin is not 100% booked during these times, if weather prohibits you to make your reservation, we can easily re-schedule the next best date for you. Call 870-428-5973 or email




Making Jasper home?

Are you planning a visit to look at real estate? Have you already visited and fell in love with the area enough that you want to make it home? Looking for a retirement home or just invest in property? I’m the owner of Rocking Chair Ridge cabin but I’m also a local realtor with Harp & Associates. Please let me know if I can help you in your search for the perfect home, cabin, or land. For many, like myself, once you visit the Ozarks, it’s hard to leave. It takes a hold of you like no other. While it offers so much, it also offers a simpler life full of beautiful scenery. That’s exactly what made me want to call this place home as well and I’ve never looked back.

Holly Erwin, cell 225-324-6270 or landline 870-428-5973



Plan to hike or float the Buffalo? Prepare for….

Prepare for the ticks! Ewww, I know, ticks make many of us immediately question every feeling of movement on our skin. The ticks are pretty bad this year, not sure why, I’ve heard it’s because we had a mild winter but I’m not sure if that’s the real reason. I’ve spoke to friends as far as northern Missouri who said it’s just as bad there also. However, that doesn’t have to spoil your visit to the Ozarks. There are precautions you can take to prepare and reduce or eliminate ticks. If you plan on hiking or even going by the river, or anywhere where there is low brush, you need to protect yourself. The best thing I’ve found is to use permethrin to treat your clothing and picaridin for your skin. You can find different brands of permethrin at stores like Wal Mart or Tractor Supply. Sawyer is a brand I use. When you spray your clothes/shoes/bag with it, it will remain treated for about a month, even through washing. It not only repels ticks (and other insects) but it kills them on contact. If you are wearing shorts, you should spray your legs with a repellent made for skin such as picaridin or deet. Also, if you are bringing your pet, please make sure they are protected too. The threat should be over later in the summer or early fall. If you rather a more hollistic option for repelling ticks/insects, you could try rose genanium essential oil. It’s good for dogs and people. A drop (not diluted) between shoulder blades of dogs and at the base of their tail, for people, a drop on each wrist, ankle, behind the knees and ears can really help keep them off of you.