Picture your ideal cabin in the woods. What do you see? Is it a simple log home tucked away in the wilderness? Is there a lake, a hiking trail or a local forest to explore? Whatever your vision, the view from the porch should be stunning. Here are a few of the best spots for cabin rentals across the U.S. Be sure to reserve one for your next camping trip.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Look out your cabin window to see a picturesque colorado landscape of rolling pine-covered hills and tall aspen groves. The cabin, which can comfortably fit six people, comes furnished with one twin bunk bed and one double bunk bed, a natural gas heater, and table and chairs. There's electricity available inside the cabin, but campers must cook all their food on the grill out front. However, if you're stuck in bad weather, the park allows you to cook inside on a small camp stove.
There are also yurts available that are furnished similarly to the cabins. There are also two large cabins, with a full kitchen and multiple rooms for parties of up to 30 people.
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Come witness the sheer majesty of the tallest, single-structured sand dune in North America. A 470-foot sand dune is surrounded by a diverse terrain of prairies, marsh, lakes and desert. At this geographically diverse state park there are two cabins for rent. Each one comes with a bunk bed and rollaway bed, electricity and air conditioning. With no kitchen, plan to cook outside over the fire pit, and enjoy your dinner on the small porch.
When you're not relaxing at the cabin, you can enjoy wildlife viewing such as birdwatching. You can also climb the dunes and explore on a number of hiking trails.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
If you want to rent a simple cabin to escape from your hectic life, this is the place for you. Choose from two sizes: 18-foot with twin-size bunk beds, or 24-foot with two sets of twin-size bunk beds. With one room, these cabins are just large enough for 4 to 6 people. You’ll do all your cooking and relaxing outside on the porch and around the fire pit. Any additional visitors can pitch a tent and stay outside, too.
Don't spend too much time at the cabin though. This state park is known for Burney Falls, a 100-foot waterfall, as well as hiking trails and water sports.
Black Rock Park
Ancient oaks stand guard over campers at this scenic park in Texas. The cabins, which look more like small modern homes, have air conditioning, heat and electricity. The cabin rentals can sleep up to five people, in four beds, but all cooking must be done outside on the grill or fire pit. With a waterfront view, these cabins are prime real estate in the Black Rock Park.
Kring Point State Park
Located just east of the Alexandria Bay, nearly every camper is privy to scenic views of the waterfront from their cabin. Bunk beds provide a comfortable place to sleep at night, and a fridge and microwave make it easy to cook and store food.
Without a stove, however, you'll do most of your cooking over the fire, which makes your cabin experience feel a bit more like traditional camping.
Big Arm State Park
The large yurts at this state park might as well be cabins. The one-room yurt has electricity, two fold out twin beds and a futon. Despite the amount of room inside each yurt, all cooking should be done on the provided grill.
Outside of your yurt, be sure to take in scenery along the shoreline, with mountains rising into the sky across Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Western U.S. A 2.5-mile hiking trail is ideal for an active afternoon, but don't forget to scuba dive or just relax on your yurt's large patio.
Lake Wapello State Park
Wooded hillsides and a serene lake set the scene for your relaxing vacation in a Lake Wapello State Park cabin rental. After hiking along the seven mile Lake Shore Trail, get some rest in your cedar-sided family cabin. Here you can cook dinner in the kitchen, take a shower, and then relax on the shores of Lake Wapello watching the stars poke through the night sky.
Robert H Treman State Park
The Enfield Glen gorge coupled with a rocky, green geography sets the scene for an adventurous weekend of cabin camping. With one room, and nothing other than beds, this is the perfect spot for minimalist explorers, who want to spend most of their time outside, cooking, exploring and relaxing at camp.
Flowing Lake County Park
A classic forest setting makes this beautiful park the ideal spot for your vacation cabin rental. With hiking, swimming, fishing and biking available, there's something for nearly everyone to do. The quaint cabins, with a stone foundation and wood siding, are idyllic, but have minimal amenities.
Though each cabin has electricity, you'll only find bunk beds and a table with chairs inside. Use your fire pit and grill to cook dinner and make s'mores, and try to reserve cabin FL-C1, which has a larger patio area for relaxing outside.
Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+.