Sometimes a hotel or resort just doesn’t cut it, especially if you want to avoid continually rubbing elbows with other travelers. If you seek more breathing room for your next vacation—a crowd-free place with access to wide-open spaces where you can roam free—consider getting away to a private cabin near a national or state park.
Many come with amenities that transform them into a home-away-from-home: Think full kitchen, in-unit laundry, private hot tub, wrap-around porch, forested backyard with access to hiking trails, and incredible views of mountains, forests, lakes, and streams. To book your next woodsy vacation rental, use the Search Vacation Rentals tab on Belweb to browse thousands of options. Below is a small sampling of what’s on offer.
Redwood National and State Parks: California
This charming riverfront retreat built in the 1920s sits right on the Smith River in Gasquet, California, surrounded by old-growth Douglas firs. The cabin, which sleeps four, provides a great springboard to explore the Northern California redwoods—but you might be tempted to linger longer around the home, where you’ll find a fireplace, deck with barbecue, a quiet beach with private access, and birds galore, like Osprey, Kingfishers and a resident Bald Eagle.
Blue Ridge Mountains: North Carolina
This 3-bedroom cabin just outside of Asheville is a custom-built cedar log home with all the bells and whistles for travelers seeking privacy and comfort. The cabin resides on a private 5-acre property with forest and mountain views and is stocked with hiking and birding guides, as well as a large children’s video library for those cozy nights indoors. It’s an ideal location for accessing the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway.
Yosemite National Park: California
This log cabin is literally inside the gates of Yosemite National Park. Surrounded by tall pine trees, the “Wildwood” log cabin home is a cozy home with a river rock fireplace and shaded decks. Its 3 bedrooms and 2 baths can accommodate up to 10 people. There’s even a piano, for musical nights that include family sing-alongs.
Grand Teton National Park: Wyoming
This rustic two-story cabin boasts spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range, so you may not want to leave the comfort of your private porch. Just over the border in Tetonia, Idaho, the home is a solid base for exploring Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. After a day of activity, come home to a quiet cabin with plenty of Western character and a deep-jetted Jacuzzi tub to soothe any aches from wilderness exploration.
Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado
This spacious cabin is situated on a half-acre property between Rocky Mountain National Park and downtown Estes Park. It can accommodate up to eight people, and features a wrap-around covered deck that offers views of not only the surrounding mountains, but of the deer and elk that visit the property almost daily. The seasonal shuttle into the park and town stops near the home—perfect for days when you prefer not to drive.
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Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming/Montana
The “Madison River Cabin” is a two-story log cabin that sits just 14 miles from the west gate of Yellowstone National Park. Mountain views wrap around the home, which sits at the base of a former ski hill surrounded by a quiet area that families will love exploring. It can accommodate up to six people.
The Smoky Mountains: Tennessee
Nature hugs the “Bearadise Cabin” in Gatlinburg. This 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom cabin boasts three decks that offer mountain views, rockers, a grill, and a large hot tub. The cabin is also a short drive to nearby waterfalls, reflective pools, and rivers known for swimming, wading, and frog hunting.
Starved Rock State Park: Illinois
This 2,800-square-foot log cabin-style home within the heart of Starved Rock, less than two hours from Chicago, is perfect for Midwestern families seeking some space and a respite in nature. It offers 3 bedrooms (including 2 bunk beds), 4 baths, and a deck that overlooks the river and woods.
Glacier National Park: Montana
“Glacier Ridge Cabin” is a 3-bedroom cabin with multiple decks offering mountain views. The rural setting is a quiet and beautiful respite, making it a relaxing place in which to nest after a full day of exploring Glacier National Park’s trails and rivers.
Shenandoah National Park: Virginia
The “Spotted Fawn Cabin” is a luxurious log cabin setting from which to explore Shenandoah National Park and drive the Skyline Parkway. Nestled in the forest, the 2,400-square-foot home boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a massive screened-in porch, and a loft area with 2 full-size futon bunk beds, if you’ve got kids in tow.
Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips.