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5 Places You Need to Build Your Cabin

This country is filled with underrated hidden gems. Here are just a few.

5 Places You Need to Build Your Cabin
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Sometimes you just need a break. There is nothing like a weekend getaway to the cabin. There are many perfect places across this country for you to get a cabin. Some are very popular, but others are not as well known. To those of you that wish I would keep these towns a secret, I apologize. To the rest, you're welcome.

Oak Hill, West Virginia

Surely you have seen pictures of the majestic New River Gorge Bridge that connect the West Virginia hills. In those cozy hills, just 15 minutes from both the bridge and Beckley, is a town called Oak Hill. From river rafting to some of the most beautiful hikes in the eastern United States, this place is an outdoorsman's dream. Also, if you like some good privacy, then there is no place like West Virginia to hide in the rolling hills. This is a great spot to build a log cabin, hang up some Faux Elk Antlers, and enjoy the woods.

Woodstock, New York

Located about 90 minutes from New York City, an hour south of Albany, and 3.5 hours from Boston and Philadelphia, Woodstock, New York is the perfect spot to escape the city. Relax next to the beautiful Ashokan Reservoir and then ride the longest zipline in North America. After a day in the mountains, head down to Tinker Street to shop, eat and listen to live music.

Grand Lake, Colorado

Few things can beat a beautiful lake in the rocky mountains. A week in Grand lake will leave you as high on life as the 8,369 elevation. With lots of older cabins, this is the perfect spot to take on a fixer-upper and make your dream cabin a reality. Many old cabins in Grand Lake would love some fresh carpet, new countertops, and some refinishing from cabinet painters in Denver to make your getaway spot as beautiful as the scenery that surrounds you.

Johnson City, Tennessee

It is no secret that Tennessee is home to some wonderful places and beautiful views. We know about places like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, but tucked away in the northeastern corner of Tennessee, Johnson City is a quiet gem that makes you feel at home. With an abundance of outdoor activities, you and the family will not run out of fun anytime soon.

Heber City, Utah

Maybe this one doesn’t fit the “underrated” category, but whether it does or not it needs to be on your bucket list. Located about 20 minutes from Park City, Heber City is the perfect place to be. After a beautiful day at Strawberry Reservoir, head over to Dairy Keen for a delicious burger. Don’t be surprised if you run into someone like Justin Bieber, Will Ferrell, or Tom Brady- all of which have been known to spend time in the area.

Shell Knob, Missouri

If you haven't ever been to Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, then pack the bags on go see it. This windy lake is surrounded by a dense population of trees and other unique natural structures. Shell Knob is a great spot to tuck yourself away in this beautiful area. Be sure to check out Joe Gunnel’s historical bus tour of the area. Kings River is also a must for kayaking, fishing, and camping. Also, if you happen to stop by Shell Knob Café, please order me some biscuits and gravy.

So, next time you have a chance to treat yourself, go breathe some fresh air in one of these wonderful locations.

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Chris Davenforth
Chris Davenforth
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