With its bustling cities, lovely outdoor recreation areas, and friendly Midwestern atmosphere, Indiana is a great spot for an active vacation. Here, you can spend your days paddling in Lake Michigan, hiking around waterfalls, or working on your fly-fishing technique. A variety of activities await, whether you’re traveling in the middle of the summer or the dead of winter. If you have your heart set on Indiana cabin rentals, start your search in these beautiful locations. Each spot features a variety of properties ranging from tiny cabins in the woods to spectacular, sprawling log homes that can hold large groups.

1. Nashville

Nashville
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Immerse yourself in Indiana’s great artistic tradition in Nashville, a small town that lies at the heart of the Brown County Art Colony. Local vacation rentals sit close to the Brown County Art Gallery, where you can see work by artists from across Indiana. When you’re ready to head outdoors, head for T.C. Steele State Historic Park to hike five different trails, wander through historic gardens, and explore the House of the Singing Winds. For adventure vacations, look for cabins near Brown County State Park, which serves as a four-season playground. In the winter, try ice fishing and snowshoeing. When the snow melts, climb to the top of the fire tower, swim in the pool, and take your mountain bike down heart-pounding trails.

2. French Lick

French Lick
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Stay near the beautiful Hoosier National Forest in French Lick. On the outskirts of this small resort community, cabins sit in the center of forested lots, offering privacy and wildlife-viewing opportunities. If you’re visiting on summer break, see the national forest from the French Lick Scenic Railway, or book a horseback tour into the hills. On hot days, Patoka Lake is a popular spot for swimming and water skiing. The lake is also a great spot to find log cabins with excellent water access and beautiful sunsets. The nearby Paoli Peak is a winter hot spot; head there to try skiing and snowboarding.

3. Georgia

Georgia
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Cabin rentals in Georgia provide everything you need for a laid-back getaway: peace and quiet, expansive wilderness, and a variety of outdoor activities. The community is lightly populated, so you’re more likely to see a deer than another person. Spend your days exploring the Hoosier National Forest; with more than 260 miles of trails, the forest offers hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the warmer months, as well as snowshoeing in the winter. If you’re an angler, bring your tackle box and head to Half Moon Lake, Beaver Creek, or the east fork of the White River. A short drive north, take a boat ride through the underground Bluespring Caverns for a once-in-a-lifetime caving experience.

4. Madison

Madison
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Kick back in a riverfront log cabin in the historic town of Madison. With its enviable position on the Ohio River, this lovely community provides year-round fishing and boating. Outside of town, hike through the rolling hills or try rock climbing on the limestone bluffs. In nearby Clifty Falls State Park, you can explore a waterfall and hike the intense Trail #2. Madison is at its most beautiful in the fall when the town’s trees come alive with red and orange leaves. For the best views, drive or bike the Ohio River Scenic Byway. Other popular activities include the Indiana Wine Trail and the self-guided Underground Railroad driving tour.

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5. Park

Park
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Park, with its rural location and light population, is a great place to get off the beaten path. The countryside around this unincorporated community features rolling farm fields and dense forests, so you can choose cabins with extensive views or quiet wooded settings. From local vacation rentals, it’s a short drive to Plummer Creek, Ore Branch, or Richland Creek for fishing. To the west, the large White River offers numerous opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. About 20 miles south, Greenwood Lake provides waterfront cabins and plenty of space for water skiing and swimming.

6. Brookville

Brookville
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Enjoy the small-town community and excellent outdoor opportunities in Brookville, which sits in the southeastern corner of Indiana. Start your search for cabins just north of town, near Brookville Lake. This large reservoir buzzes with activity in the summer; rent a boat and learn how to wakeboard, or get a workout with a kayak rental. Sport fishing is popular in the warmer months, and in the winter, you can cut a hole in the frozen surface and try ice fishing. At Mounds State Recreation Area, hike a variety of easy and moderate trails, or challenge yourself on the rugged Wolf Creek Trail. Autumn in Brookville brings lovely views of fall colors and pleasant temperatures.

7. Mentone

Mentone
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Experience Indiana farm country in Mentone. Cabins near this friendly community offer endless views of fields and crops, as well as long country roads that are perfect for walking and biking. In town, explore Yellow Creek, enjoy sunny summer days in Mentzer Memorial Park, and make sure to check out the World’s Largest Egg statue. A short drive away, Palestine Lake brings in local anglers; bring your gear to catch bluegill, white crappie, and largemouth bass. A boat launch at the lake enables easy kayak and motorboat access.

 
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