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"Yurt" Offers Alternative Camping Experience at Pomme de Terre

HICKORY COUNTY, Mo. -- A new lodging option is now available at Pomme de Terre state park. It's called a Yurt, and there are only three of them at state parks. The other two are located at Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
HICKORY COUNTY, Mo. -- A new lodging option is now available at Pomme de Terre state park.

It's called a Yurt, and there are only three of them at state parks. The other two are located at Lake of the Ozarks State Park.

If you like to rough it while camping, or you prefer a cabin, it makes an easy compromise, because the Yurt is somewhere in between.

"It's a circular structure with a fabric cover, much like a tent, but it also has a wood structure inside that makes it strong and weather tight," says Dave Herigon, the Natural Resource Manager: at Pomme de Terre State Park.

He says the Yurt has grown in popularity over the years, and this year the Pomme de Terre state park decided to offer one.

"We were wanting to offer a little bit of a different experience on the lake down here, there's really nothing like it at this time."

Herigon says Yurts came from nomadic tribes, and it is somewhere in between a cabin and a tent.

"Much like a cabin, the Yurt that we have, it has a futon bed, a futon bunk bed, it has a dorm size refrigerator, a microwave, and the best feature this time of year -- air conditioning, and it also has heat for in the winter."
So if you're planning on doing some camping, it's open all year round.

"It's going to allow you some great views of the lake down here, you'll have a lot of solitude, a lot of quiet."

And the yurt creates an alternative camping experience.

"Some of the people that don't normally camp, don't really want to rough it that much, and don't want to buy all the equipment and everything."

The Yurt sleeps a maximum of six people.

It's $50 a night plus tax to rent Sunday through Thursday, $55 plus tax on Friday, Saturday, and holidays.

It is accessible for those with disabilities, and you still need to bring water and the usual camping gear.
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