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This re-purposed hunting cabin sits high on a grassy knoll overlooking our 370-acre cattle ranch in the foothills of Appalachia. The cabin is about a 0.25 mile hike with a 200 foot elevation change. If you are riding horseback it is a 1.2 mile ride from the stables to the cabin. The cabin has a lovely front porch with beautiful views, a picnic table, swing, hitching post, se

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This re-purposed hunting cabin sits high on a grassy knoll overlooking our 370-acre cattle ranch in the foothills of Appalachia. The cabin is about a 0.25 mile hike with a 200 foot elevation change. If you are riding horseback it is a 1.2 mile ride from the stables to the cabin. The cabin has a lovely front porch with beautiful views, a picnic table, swing, hitching post, self composting toilet and gray water system.  The cabin, with its rustic vibe, dutch oven and oil lamps has a true pioneer feel. Open the gate to the next paddock, and climb up on the point for an even more spectacular vista of the Laurel Creek valley. Hike our trail over to the rock tower and arch at the entrance of the holler. Our host is happy to show you waterfalls, rock houses, rock cliffs , and other points of interest on the property but we also encourage you to go exploring on your own!  While you shouldn't plan on cell reception here, we do have wifi at the main farmhouse that you are welcome to use, which is about a mile drive or 20 minute walk from the cabin.  A nearby spring has an old bathtub in it if you need to get washed up or just want to cool off. Yatesville lake is only 15 minutes away, and Paintsville lake is 30 minutes away. Your host is on-site, but keeps true farmers hours, so you will generally not see him after dark. We are happy to give you privacy, or show you around the ranch depending on your interests. Lots of interesting flora, fauna, and rock cliffs to be seen on our property. 

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Joanna a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out

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Biking

A round trip on gentle sloping paved roads from one side of the ranch to the other is 3.5 miles. This can be extended by bikin...Read more

Hiking

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Bordered on one side by Blaine Creek and having the Left Fork of Laurel run through the ranch, there is good canoeing in spring...Read more

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Hipcamper Kyle

A true gem in the foothills

Kyle S.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2020

There is so much to say about this amazing retreat, but it’s best to experience it for yourself! Joanna and Chris were incredibly helpful and welcoming, and it’s clear that they want Hipcampers to enjoy their land as much as they do.

The cabin will surely bring a smile to your face. Its panoramic views kept our necks turning the entire weekend. Outfitted with everything you may need or have forgotten, they have done an amazing job making this feel like home during your stay.

We visited in May and the wildlife was booming and healthy on the ranch. Meeting the horses and cows was a treat, and the bird songs never got old. Be prepared for some curious carpenter bees and if they’re in season, regular tick checks!

There’s tons of hiking to be done on the ranch. Chris has done an awesome job mapping things out and maintaining trails to enjoy some of the natural features hidden among the trees! We can’t wait to be back to explore the rest of the property. We’re thankful for Joanne and Chris, and the beautiful experience they’ve chosen to share!

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Hipcamper Mary

Off the grid living at its finest!

Mary G.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2020

Absolutely incredible and exceeded all of our expectations!! Chris, Johanna and Elizabeth were fantastic hosts. We went on a couple of gorgeous hikes up the mountains. The blind overlooks a beautiful view of the mountains. We were lucky enough to have a thunderstorm happen at night and it was stunning. Thank you to our hosts! We will be back!

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Hipcamper Ash
Ash H.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2020

Loved this place. Beautiful landscape. Thank you

Hipcamper Michael

Perfect weekend getaway

Michael B.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous! The hunting cabin is the perfect getaway. Perfectly slept two and an Aussie. We hiked all of the well marked trails to arches, pastures, and stunning views perfectly capturing the never ending hills of Eastern Kentucky. There’s a creek to play in and fish as well! Cots, pans, wood, almost everything you need but forgot at home is provided on site. I cannot recommend this place enough! The sunset was gorgeous and there’s almost no light pollution so stay gazing was incredible! If you’re hesitating, don’t. We will most certainly be back! Thank you so much Chris and Joanna!

View from the deck of the cabin. Sunset from the top of the hill at the beginning of the Arch trail.
Hipcamper Josie

Book this cabin!

Josie H.
recommends this listing.
September 14th, 2020

This place is an absolute gem. We had the most amazing time here. The views are incredible and there are plenty of hiking trails from the cabin. Joanna was so helpful and sweet. We will be coming back!

Hipcamper Conner

A gem in eastern kentucky

Conner B.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2020

This was an absolutely incredible stay the amount of space you have to hike and explore is amazing. The views from the cabin area are enough to make you say to yourself “this isn’t the last time I will be coming here” it’s peaceful and quiet and the cabin was perfect and clean. If you need to disappear and reconnect I highly advise if this spot and the hosts were amazing.

Hipcamper Jen

Solitude & adventure await

Jen G.
recommends this listing.
September 29th, 2020

What a unique stay! The "reformed cabin" is on top of a hill that overlooks absolutely gorgeous pasture and woods. I really appreciated the property map given to me at check-in and the clearly established trails on the land!

The shack itself was slightly rougher than I'd anticipated but that's probably more me than them. I shared the room with at least one very active mouse (and its poop) and some wasps . A small herd of cattle visited a few times, knocking over the heavy duty cast iron cookware set-up in their curiosity. The cows were adorable and peaceful if slightly intimidating in size and number, and I later learned that they aren't supposed to be in that pasture. I consider it a lucky added benefit that they visited me :) This is a spot where the animals and insects run the joint, and we're just the visitors!

It stormed briefly while I was staying there, which sounded amazing under the metal roof, and the moon was full, glowing so bright over the land that my city-dwelling brain first wondered if it was a streetlamp!

I appreciated all the thoughtful touches the hosts left for guests - wasp spray, cleaning wipes, cookware & various supplies, a couple books etc. The oil lamps were a real pleasure to burn after sunset.

A visit from the cows :)BYO hammock! The cabin's porch is perfect for lounging. Looking down toward the cabin (hidden by a tree here) on one of the established hiking trails through the land.View of sunrise from a cabin window!
Hipcamper Steven
Steven T.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2020

Wonderful place to camp. We chose to use the cabin as more of a storage unit for our stuff and sleep in a tent outside, which was great. Plenty of space to move around, beautiful landscape and local hiking, nice fire pit for cooking, and the hosts were very accommodating and friendly.

Hipcamper Melissa

Bring extra socks ;-)

Melissa P.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2020

When I read the reviews for this reformed hunting cabin, I couldn't figure out how this experience consistently knocked so many people's socks off. So I made my way there with reasonable expectations of a relaxing weekend in a cool little spot. By the time I'd arrived, the drive alone was enough to make me feel that my weekend was already well spent. You drive gently winding roads, surrounded by peaceful beauty. The October colors were a nice bonus. When I arrived, the greeting I received from Joanna, Chris, Katherine (hope I spelled that right!), and Chris's visiting sister was so warm, I almost asked if I could join them for dinner. I could have talked to them for hours. Joanna gave me a few farm fresh eggs that completely upgraded Saturday morning's breakfast, and Katherine loaded one of the bicycles up and dropped it near the cabin for my use. I then made my way to the cabin. With Katherine's guidance, I parked at the bottom of the hill that leads to the cabin. I loaded my gear on my back and trekked up the ~.25 mile hill (a decent little workout). As you see that cabin peek at you from over the hill, you start to feel those socks come off. This is one of those places that a picture will never capture and these words will never adequately convey. You have to feel feelings. This place gives you a feeling. I think that several reviews itemize all the touches of this rustic gem, so I will stick with the broad strokes. This is a place that will wow you with its exquisite 360 view of a dynamic landscape, it will charm you with its rustic grit mixed with hospitable love, and it will continuously renew your interest with hiking trails, biking paths, wildlife - and if you're lucky, a riveting but passing thunderstorm. Yes, my socks too are off. Thank you Joanna, Chris, and Katherine, for sharing your special place.

My farm fresh eggs, compliments of JoannaSunday morning visitors :-)Reformed Hunting CabinOne slice of the 360 degree view
Property
Kentucky Foothills Retreat
State
Kentucky
Country
United States
$50/night
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