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Have a Big Adventure at These Small Cabin Rentals in the U.S.

by Brittany Varano
Updated October 15, 2021

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You don’t need a big space to have a big adventure.

In fact, big adventure awaits at these exciting small cabins across the US, ready to be the perfect basecamp for exploring from the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in between. After all, they say it’s the little things in life that matter most, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to these epic tiny homes. While small cabins aren’t usually bigger than 400 or 500 square feet, don’t let their compact size fool you.

But one of the coolest things about these small cabin rentals is how well they show the artistry and architectural skill required to fit more living into less space. And aside from that, they’re perfectly sized to fit in the most hidden, spectacular places, and usually provide a front-row seat to some of the country’s most untouched destinations.

Get out your bucket list, because these larger-than-life small cabin rentals in the US are sure to inspire your wanderlust.

1. Modern Tiny Cabin 1

Modern Tiny Cabin 1
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Why you should stay: Farmhouse chic cabin 30 minutes from Austin near popular wineries and distilleries.

  • Location: Dripping Springs, TX
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $141/night

Nestled on a peaceful ranch resort, the Modern Tiny Cabin 1 is a southern gem with rustic elements, including plywood walls and towering ceilings. The hosts provide thoughtful touches like a fully stocked coffee corner with various brewing methods so you’ll always have a cup of joe no matter what type of coffee you prefer.

From the tiny cabin rental’s covered balcony, you’ll have great views of the rolling hills of the aptly named Hill Country. The ranch has a row of swinging benches plus a playground for the kids, and a spacious covered pavilion with picnic tables for all of the retreat’s guests.

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Follow ‘em: @WanderinStarFarms

2. Tiny Cabin in the Woods

Tiny Cabin in the Woods
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Why you should stay: Remote cabin near Munising in Michigan’s outdoorsy Upper Peninsula.

  • Location: Chatham, MI
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $99/night

This Tiny Cabin in the Woods is a charming little cottage not far from the striking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Although small, it boasts a full kitchen, lofted queen bed, and a small outdoor patio next to a fire pit. The small cabin rental is seriously small (160 square feet) but it has Wi-Fi and a small hot water heater – what else do you need?

“The Tiny Cabin in the Woods is the perfect “home base” for adventuring around the Upper Peninsula. We loved the coziness of it, the feeling of being deep in the woods, and the cows from the neighboring farm.”

Melissa
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3. Eagle’s Nest

Eagle’s Nest cabin
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Why you should stay: Wake up to river views at a knotty pine tiny cabin in western Virginia.

  • Location: Luray, VA
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $325/night

The Eagle’s Nest is a river oasis that offers guests tranquility out in the countryside. Travelers seeking a glamping experience will appreciate this tiny cabin’s roomy outdoor living spaces that include a screened-in porch, a small deck with a grill, and a fire pit — wood provided!

Guests are free to launch their kayaks and canoes from the neighboring boat launch, though you can rent nearby if needed. This tiny cabin rental is a great choice for people with mobility issue or in wheelchairs as the owners designed it with features like wide doors and minimal stairs. It’s also dog friendly, though there’s a $65 dog fee.

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4. Creekside Tiny Cabin

Creekside Tiny Cabin
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Why you should stay: New tinyhome on the water near Lost River State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park.

  • Location: Moorefield, WV
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

Treat yourself to a modern stay in nature at the Creekside Tiny Cabin. This airbnb has a cozy sleeping nook with a queen mattress and a spacious loft with two twin beds. Pleasant accents such as subway tiles, wooden surfaces, and large window panes create a stylish and relaxing environment for an otherwise active West Virginia vacation.

This tiny home has a little deck overlooking the surrounding woods furnished with plush chairs and a grill. On property, you’ll have several hiking trails, lawn games, board games, and other thoughtful touches. You don’t need to bring much; the home has firewood, kitchen basics, and linens. There’s even a tiny fridge for your after-hike beverage of choice.

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5. Yosemite Micro Cabin

Yosemite Micro Cabin
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Why you should stay: Minimalist micro cabin at a glamping resort with a pool and sauna near Yosemite.

  • Location: Ahwahnee, CA
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $89/night

The Yosemite micro cabin at Sierra Meadows is an excellent tiny cabin rental for travelers looking to explore the nearby national park and peaks and valleys of the Sierra Nevada. During your stay, you’ll have access to community amenities like bike rentals and dog-friendly walking trails.

Though tiny, each cabin is designed and stocked with most things guests need and want, like tall ceilings, a private front deck, and a memory foam queen bed. You’ll also have a mini-fridge, wireless charging station, and coffee and tiny corner in each home. You also get Wi-Fi and will likely have good cell service. Since there are dozens of rooms, it’s a great small cabin rental for groups traveling together.

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Follow ‘em: @Sierra_Meadows

6. Phoebe’s Nest Tiny Cabin 1

Phoebe’s Nest Tiny Cabin 1
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Why you should stay: Sleep steps from epic waterfall hiking trails in the Pisgah National Forest.

  • Location: Old Fort, NC
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $90/night

Like waterfalls? Rafting? Trying new microbreweries? Then escape to the untouched beauty of the Appalachian Mountains at Phoebe’s Nest Tiny Cabin 1. This cute wooden cabin features a small seating area and a covered front deck with a grill. There are five homes on the property that share a community barn where guests can whip up meals in the kitchen and freshen up in the spacious bathrooms.

The small cabin rental makes the most of its space with bunk beds, with a lofted twin bed above a convertible sofa that folds into a twin come nighttime. And though there’s not a full kitchen, you’ll have a small cooking nook with a mini-fridge and coffee machine to help jumpstart your day spent exploring in Pisgah National Forest.

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Follow ‘em: @IndigoNatureRetreat

7. Grow Cabin

Grow Cabin
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Why you should stay: Southwest-inspired tiny cabin in one of AZ’s coolest hippie towns.

  • Location: Sedona, AZ
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $255/night

Where it lacks in square footage, the Grow Cabin makes up with stunning interior design and quality amenities. It’s equipped with a full kitchen and bathroom, which is a rare feat for a tiny home. The lofted bedroom has a queen mattress, windows, and outlets, making it a cozy place to nod off at night.

The outdoor spaces around this tiny cabin rental are equally impressive and feature a fire pit and a massive porch with a hot tub, plush seating, yoga mats, and canyon views. Guests can also book add-on experiences like private yoga classes or in-room chocolate and wine to make the trip even more special.

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Follow ‘em: @TinyCampSedona

8. Tiny Cabin in the Woods

Tiny Cabin in the Woods
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Why you should stay: Off-the-grid tinyhome between the beaches of Pensacola and the scenic wilderness of Blackwater River State Park.

  • Location: Milton, FL
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $108/night

The Tiny Cabin in the Woods is an immaculately clean stay in a totally off-the-grid location. Its modern features scored serious points with reviewers and include exposed wooden beams, white shiplap walls, and stainless steel appliances. Oh, and you’ll have 20 acres for total privacy.

The yard is furnished with a stone fire circle, Adirondack chairs, and two gazebos with seating, so there are no shortage of places to kick back and relax.

“The tiny house is absolutely adorable, and super cozy! If you get the chance, definitely walk down to the creek, it’s very relaxing.”

Kalyn, New Orleans, LA
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9. Tiny Home Retreat

Tiny Home Retreat
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Why you should stay: Pet-friendly small cabin rental near epic mountain biking by Asheville.

  • Location: Hendersonville, NC
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $140/night

This tiny home retreat is a short 30-minute drive from Asheville and provides guests an opportunity to disconnect in nature. The industrial-style home has beautiful exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and black cabinetry, plus an abundance of natural light thanks to the sliding glass door and large windows. Other unique amenities include a wine fridge, a massive TV, and a lovely outdoor space.

This cute tinyhome rental is near Asheville, a region known for being a haven for outdoor adventures. Mountain biking is probably the most popular sport in the area, and in fact, one of the co-owners owns a mountain bike rental company. So hit them up before your arrival if you need some good recommendations for beginner-friendly (or advanced) trails.

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10. Theodore Overlook

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Why you should stay: Waterfront tiny home in a preserve on the Red River Gorge with fantastic hiking and a bubbling hot tub.

  • Location: Powell County, KY
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $165/night

Perched over a small ridge, the Theodore Overlook is an incredible tiny cabin in the Daniel Boone National Forest. To reach it, you’ll drive through the striking Nada Tunnel – a narrow cavern built during Kentucky’s logging era. This little gem with a surprisingly spacious interior awaits at the end of your journey.

There are two lofted queen beds, a dining table, and a kitchenette to make your stay a comfortable one. Outside, you’ll have a swinging bench, vibrant Roosevelt artwork, forest views, and easy access to adventures like hiking, biking, cave tours, climbing, and even paddling through an underground grotto.

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Follow ‘em: @RRGGetaways

11. Rustic Tiny Cabin

Rustic Tiny Cabin
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Why you should stay: Teeny-tiny cabin for a rustic camping adventure in the Adirondacks.

  • Location: North Creek, NY
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $110/night

When you think of a rustic tiny cabin in the woods, something like this cute Adirondack getaway probably comes to mind. With a wood construction and iron stove with a retro chimney, this small cabin rental embodies the New York mountain spirit. Inside, it’s rustic, charming, and comfortable, with a lofted sleeping space strung with lights and spread with sleeping pads – it’ll be like a flashback to your childhood camp-out days.

In the yard, guests get a hammock, fire pit, and Adirondack chairs for lounging next to the water. There’s no electricity or running water inside, but you can cook at the covered outdoor station and dine at the covered outdoor picnic table. Dogs are usually okay, but message the owner in advance to make sure.

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12. The Perch

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Why you should stay: A bohemian tiny cabin with bikes and kayaks, plus a lake within walking distance.

  • Location: Wellsville, PA
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $155/night

If you appreciate beautiful aesthetics and homey comforts, The Perch is a tiny home for you. Little details such as hanging house plants, a record player, and even a s’mores kit for nightly bonfires make this small cabin rental extra unique.

Outside, the wooden deck has a small seating area, dining table, and sun umbrella. When you’re not off splashing in the waters of the nearby lake, you can hang out and read in the sunshine, enjoy the views of the Conewago Mountains, play board games inside, or take a swing in the cozy hammock.

Follow ‘em: @GetawaySpaces

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13. Thoreau Cabin

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Why you should stay: Barn-inspired tiny cabin in a perfect spot just east of Seattle.

  • Location: Index, WA
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $174/night

The Thoreau Cabin takes farmhouse chic to a new level. Its curved, wooden ceilings pair well with the sparkling white surfaces and metal fixtures. The interior comprises a little living room beneath the main lofted sleeping space and a high-end bathroom with a walk-in shower. But there’s also a lofted twin bed in case you don’t want to share a space. It’s also in a great location, just east of Seattle in the Cascades Range. So you can have an urban or an outdoor adventure (or both).

“The cabin is a magical little oasis in the woods, perfect for a solo getaway for a few days. I loved reading on the porch swing, walking by the water, and listening to the river.”

Cat, San Francisco, CA

There are a few cabins on property, some of which have hot tubs. And if those two cabins aren’t booked, you’re welcome to go for a soak. Pups are also welcome with a fairly reasonable $20 pet fee.

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Follow ‘em: @IndexCabins

14. Bear Mt. Hideaway

Bear Mt. Hideaway cabin
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Why you should stay: Sleep in the wilderness in this tiny home less than 30 minutes from Anchorage.

  • Location: Peter’s Creek, AK
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $116/night

The Bear Mt. Hideaway is a haven for hikers seeking a convenient location close to Alaska’s largest city and stunning landscapes. It’s just down the road from Bear Mountain, Mirror Lake State Park, and a disc golf course, so there are plenty of things to do in the area.

Inside, this little cabin rental has posh amenities that include a plush queen bed, a lofted lounge space, and a kitchenette. This little cabin also features attractive knotty pine, a sliding farm door, and USB charging outlets in the bedroom (heck, it even has Wi-Fi.)

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