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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 wheelchair 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 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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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

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Hipcamper Jara
Jara H.
recommends this listing.
July 4th, 2022

The cabin was cozy and peaceful and very remote. Just the complete off grid getaway I needed. The hosts were very responsive and helpful and provided me everything I needed for a great stay. Plenty of hiking and things to check out on their beautiful land as well.

Hipcamper Christina

First hipcamp - won't be the last

Christina K.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2022

What a great experience from the peaceful drive along country roads to Jo and Chris' ranch to the beautiful vista from the porch of the cabin. Jo's directions were perfect, and their online description of the property is complete and accurate. It is a little walk to the cabin and it is uphill so plan accordingly and don't overpack like me LOL! The cabin and outhouse were clean, the cots were comfy, and there are so many places to explore right outside your door. My pup had a blast and is probably going to sleep for days. I definitely plan on returning for another weekend this fall at the Reformed Hunting Cabin.

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Hipcamper Rebecca

Stargazing, animal friendly

Rebecca B.
recommends this listing.
April 16th, 2022

With every turn of the country road, we knew it was going to be more secluded. After receiving a warm greeting by one of our hosts, we were directed to our parking spot. The map was super helpful in points of interests and hiking trails. He was very thoughtful in catering to our hobbies such as fishing and boating. We trekked up the hill to the site. I suggesting packing light as this was a moderate walk and I completely overpacked. Still worth the trip to the car for my telescope, as the skies were clear and no light pollution at all. The site offers basic amenities such as cookware, a few camping chairs, two worn heavy duty chairs for porch (or inside cabin, if preferred), cots, a swing, lanterns and the luxury of a compost toilet. We happened to stay during some stormy days. The wind was very strong, but we stayed cozy and dry inside the cabin. Our doggo had tons of room to roam off leash; the light up harness was a total win. There were coyotes in the distance, but no animals visited the campsite to bother our gear. This rustic cabin gave the perfect mix of primitive camping along with the upscale of real walls, windows and a door. We would recommend this site to any other fellow outdoor lovers.

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Hipcamper Mike

Will not stay here again

Mike K.
doesn't recommend this listing.
April 3rd, 2022

Unfortunately there were a few issues. mice feces all over surfaces, a window that blew open all night with 30’ weather. a neighboring fog that barked the entire night, and plates and silverware were left from previous renters unwashed. we let the host know and left a day early and they refused to refund us even after I had proof of pictures etc.

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Hipcamper Joanna
Response from Joanna, the Host, on April 7th, 2022

Hi Mike-we are so sorry that your stay with us did not meet expectations. We truly appreciate your feedback and are taking steps to improve the experience for future guests..

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Hipcamper Kristina

Peaceful and quiet

Kristina M.
recommends this listing.
March 23rd, 2022

Loved it here, and we hope to be back in the summer! Lots and lots of space to roam and you are far enough away from other campers to feel like it is private enough if they are around their site. If there is some sort of gear you might need, if is probably already here (camp stove, chairs, etc.). Loved feeling far away from everything for a few days, we wished we had more time so we are planning on being back to explore some more. Also, we
(humans and dogs) all drank from the spring on the last day because we ran out of water and we are all fine!

Hipcamper Jeremy

Camping with the cows

Jeremy S.
recommends this listing.
March 14th, 2022

The one thing I would note that isn’t highlighted enough is that you get to camp with cows! This hunting cabin is right in the middle of the cattle farm and the cows followed us around and even slept outside our cabin! It really added to the already amazing ambiance of this place. Also - toms of great hiking on the property, a gorgeous little drive from the gorge, and stunning views at every angle.

Other than that, I’ll let the other reviews do this place the justice it deserves. In short - you will not regret your stay here!

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Hipcamper Abarajith

Perfect get away

Abarajith V.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2021

Perfect get away with awesome hosts. Nice in night with star gazing

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah A.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2021

I absolutely loved our stay at the Reformed Hunting cabin. The rustic feel and views were absolutely stunning. And me and my significant other have now said it’s our place to return too. So magical.

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Hipcamper Ian

True gem.

Ian J.
recommends this listing.
June 16th, 2021

Wonderful experience, property is beautiful and the cabin is great. Had a great time exploring, cooking food, and reading with a great view. Would highly recommend.

Awards

Best of 2022 Kentucky
Finalist
Property
Kentucky Foothills Retreat
State
Kentucky
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site