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There’s no better way to enjoy time away from home this summer than spending a few nights in an adorable cabin. Whether you’re a peak-conquering mountaineer or a leisurely coastal wanderer, we’ve found the nine best cabins you can rent this summer for when you truly need to get away.
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas
The refurbished stone and wooden cabins in Petit Jean State Park are the perfect summer getaway. Set in the untamed Ozarks region of Arkansas, these cabins were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work relief program commissioned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that provided employment on environmental projects to millions of men during the Great Depression. The project put Arkansas’ first state park on the map after corps members built the rustic cabins, main lodge, trails, roads, and bridges around Petit Mountain.
Overlooking Cedar Creek Canyon, the accommodations serve as the perfect home base for exploring the rugged Ozarks region. Hiking trails showcase the area’s forests, streams, caves, and waterfalls, while Lake Bailey offers a peaceful sanctuary for boating, fishing, and kayaking. The onsite swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, and picnic areas huddled around the lodge create an inviting commonplace for guests to congregate and enjoy the scenery.
Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee
A quiet reserve lies hidden 70 miles west of Knoxville and offers a peaceful, wooded retreat to visitors who wish to escape the summer heat. The 11 CCC-constructed cabins encircle Byrd Lake and ensure privacy and tranquility amongst this rustic Tennessee setting. The Cumberland Mountain State Park cabins serve as a springboard for adventurers who seek to discover the park’s 1,720 acres of waterfalls, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing spots, rock climbing opportunities at Black Mountain, and the Jack Nicklaus golf course. The cabin’s modern amenities and onsite restaurant allow for the creature comforts expected from a vacation, while the surroundings promise to forge a deep connection between visitors and nature.
Black Mountain Cabin, New Hampshire
New England is famous for its mountainous terrain, so what better way to enjoy it than curling up in a remote cabin tucked away in White Mountains National Forest? Located just 15 miles outside the charming town of North Conway, the eight-person cabin is the only one of its kind. Black Mountain Cabin promotes getting back to basics with its wooden bunks, partitioned rooms, wood stove, and minimal amenities.
Visitors should bring their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, firewood, food, cooking and cleaning utensils, trash bags, toilet paper — anything you’d bring on a camping trip, minus the tent. The location in the stunning White Mountains includes a top-notch view of the notorious Mount Washington and an unbeatable location for hikers eager to tackle the region’s Presidential Range.
Deer Creek Cabin, Wyoming
Nestled in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the former Forest Service guard station-turned-cabin rental provides the basics along with some backwoods luxuries like hot water, electricity, and propane heating. The beauty of this place is the feeling of roughing it in the middle of nowhere even though the town of Alpine is just 13 miles away. The only space-sharing visitors are asked to do out here is with the Forest Service horses, which roam freely around the property. Cast a line into Greys River mere steps from the cabin door, or traverse a number of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails within close proximity to Deer Creek Cabin. If you’re up for a one-hour drive north, you’ll find yourself in the middle of Grand Teton National Park, where outdoor activities abound.
Mendocino Woodlands, California
If you’re ready to make up for lost time and gather a large group together for an outdoor adventure, the cabins at Mendocino Woodlands present an ideal setting. Set up for groups of 30 to 200, this nonprofit corporation offers several large cabin compounds with shared sleeping quarters and amenities. Tucked into a Redwood forest along northern California’s epic coastline, the outdoor environment inspires and motivates while the organization aims to preserve and educate. Days are spent hiking along shady trails, meandering through meadows, and splashing in the nearby swimming hole. The added bonus provided by the 70-year-old corporation is the opportunity for environmental education during your vacation!
Mueller State Park, Colorado
Wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, take note: Mueller State Park — with 5,000 acres of meadows, mountains, forests, and abundant wildlife — is a must-visit this summer. Located just outside the small mountain town of Divide, Colorado, and bound by soaring granite cliffs, Mueller is home to elk, mountain lions, and black bears who thrive in the alpine climate. The over 14,000-foot-tall Pike’s Peak is the focal point of the park, creating the ultimate backdrop for the countless photo opportunities. Visitors can enjoy front row views of Pike’s Peak, 55 miles of hiking trails, and all the natural glory within Mueller by staying in one of the park’s three cabins. The rustic abodes sit nestled in the forest and can accommodate groups of up to eight people. Heat, electricity, linens, towels and other basic furnishings are provided, but you’ll want to pack your own toiletries, food, and specialty kitchen equipment.
Hutchins Cottages, Maine
Acadia National Park is heralded as one of Maine’s most beautiful stretches of coastline — a lofty claim for any region along New England’s eastern shore. While there are abundant accommodation options in the well-known town of Bar Harbor, the smaller and less frequently-visited Southwest Harbor extends a more intimate experience to visitors keen on exploring not only the park, but also the quaint coastal towns surrounding it. Hutchins Cottages offers cozy dwellings on the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island with easy access to several of Acadia’s park entrances as well as the historic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and ferry to Islesboro or Little Cranberry Island.
Salted Roots, Alaska
Unruly nature and pristine beauty unite in Seward, Alaska, which prompted the husband-and-wife owners of Salted Roots to set up shop in this small port city on the Kenai Peninsula. Encompassed by mountains and salt water, Salted Roots sits on an acre of beachfront property and supplies the modern comforts of a hotel combined with the secluded vibes you’d expect from a wilderness retreat. These ultra-cool A-frames sit at the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, an outdoor playground chock full of unique hiking and kayaking experiences as well as wildlife viewing and glacier expeditions.
Roosevelt Stone Cottages, Texas
The desert meets the mountains and stream in Big Bend National Park, forming a unique ecosystem in southwestern Texas. The jagged Chisos Mountains are the main attraction, but the stargazing, river rafting on the Rio Grande River, birdwatching, and hiking keep visitors coming back time and time again. Apart from the Chisos Mountain Lodge, the five Roosevelt Stone Cottages are the only other accommodations in the national park. Built in the 1930s by the CCC, the cottages have undergone contemporary updates but still boast many historic features, like stone floors, purposefully dated décor, and vaulted ceilings. A party of six can comfortably sleep in one cottage and enjoy the wild and indigenous sights and sounds of Big Bend from the private porch.