Pennsylvania has many options for earthy rustic living. Cabin rentals in Pennsylvania are located among some of the state’s most beautiful nature areas, situated in woodlands teeming with elk and other wildlife as well as near lakes, streams, and waterfalls. While some cabins are close to small towns, others located near urban centers, providing plenty of vacation options regardless of what kind of trip you’re looking for. Here are the top 7 places to find a cabin vacation rental in Pennsylvania.

1. Benezette

fall in the forest
Source: Flickr/Andy Arthur

Experience nature like you’ve never seen it before with a visit to elk country. In Benezette, free-roaming herds of elk are your neighbors when you choose one of the area‘s cozy wood cabins. After getting situated, stop by the Elk Country Visitor Center to learn all about local conservation efforts, and to enjoy a special multimedia presentation. The Center’s panoramic viewing windows give you access to wildlife plots, and you may see your first elk as you gaze out yonder. Elk tend to travel in herds, and you’ll want to snap pics of their movements. While there, the whole family can hop in a horse-drawn wagon for a scenic trail ride. If you don’t feel like cooking in the morning, The Benezett Store has an on-site restaurant serving breakfast Sunday through Saturday. You can pick up groceries there to take back to the cabin. For a change of pace spend a few hours tasting Pennsylvania wine at the Elk Mountain Winery, and bring some bottles home to enjoy with meals.

2. Ohiopyle

Ohiopyle State Park stream
Source: Flickr/Nicholas A. Tonelli

Ohiopyle is the destination for those who love the great outdoors and want to experience it at full blast. On any given weekend, the small number of locals are vastly outnumbered by streams of recreation seekers, and you’ll feel right at home in your rustic Ohiopyle vacation rental cabin. Most outdoor activities take place at the Ohiopyle State Park with its sloping mountains, winding nature trails, waterfalls, and rollicking rivers. With over 20,000 acres of nature territory to explore, you can see its magnificent sights while hiking, biking, or kayaking. During the warm months, go rock climbing at Brunner Run or Meadow Run. Guidance and tools are at the ready to assist climbers at all levels, including children. Family or group whitewater rafting down the Youghiogheny River is a heart-pumping thrill. On foot, discover woodland nature trails leading to quiet ponds, streams, fields filled with flowers, and wildlife. During the winter, the park becomes a snowy wonderland, and the skiing is awesome. Hit the slopes, or go cross country skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing, before heading home for hot chocolate by the fire.

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3. Erie

Lake Eire shoreline
Source: Flickr/Ken Lund

There‘s much to see and do when visiting this diverse area nestled near the great Lake Erie. Choose comfortable Erie wood cabins by the tranquil lake, or secure a rustic log cabin surrounded by green woodlands. One of the most beautiful places in the area is Presque Isle State Park. This National Natural Landmark is a local treasure and home to a slew of migrating birds, and endangered species. Open year-round popular activities include fishing, hiking, boating, and swimming. It’s also a favorite place to in-line skate or bike. Nearby water parks feature water-based rides, games and live performances. Other fun activities include the Erie Zoo, museums, sports and entertainment events at the Erie Insurance Arena.

4. Jim Thorpe

Overlooking the wooded hills
Source: Flickr/Ben Ferenchak

Named after Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe, this charming town is often called “Switzerland of America” because of its scenic hills, quaint buildings, and beautiful nature spots. The living here is easy-going, clean, and simple, and vacation cabins in this picturesque mountain town have the same vintage charm. Admirers of Thorpe can visit his monument located near Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. For a taste of what life was like in the past tour the three-story Asa Packer Mansion, and then hop aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a relaxing vintage train ride. The Old Jail Museum is worth seeing for intriguing historical tidbits.

5. Wellsboro

fishing with kids on the shore
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This once bustling industrial town is now a peaceful place to spend time rejuvenating in a quaint country cabin. Settle into your rustic slice of life, and head into town whenever you please. Spend languid days hanging out at Hills Creek State Park, enjoying sublime lakefront views from your seat on the beach. Inhale fresh country air, enjoy a picnic, swim, fish, or paddle in a kayak surrounded by woodlands and wildlife. Seasonal events to catch include the Laurel Festival, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Winter Festival, and the always charming Dickens of a Christmas Celebration.

6. Lancaster

Amish farmstead

Lancaster is famous for its Amish population, and you’ll get a taste of simple, rural living when staying in a Lancaster wood cabin. To learn more about the Amish lifestyle take a guided tour through Amish Village. The village includes a vintage farmhouse, barn, and one-room schoolhouse. Pick up a few Amish made delicacies at the Smokehouse Food Market. Bring the kids to Dutch Wonderland for amusement rides and fun activities. Seeing live performance shows at the American Music Theatre is a nice way to enjoy an evening out.

7. Hershey

Hershey Park
Source: Flickr/Michael Gray

Known as Chocolatetown USA, Hershey is a sweet getaway, ideal for relaxing and having fun any time of year. Choose a rustic log cabin for an authentic rural Pennsylvania experience, and enjoy the scenic drive into town for activities, restaurants, and shopping. Spend the whole day at the amazing Hersheypark enjoying the rides, live music, and strolling characters. During your park visit swing by ZooAmerica to gaze at well-kept animals in a natural setting. The Hershey Story museum is informative, and Hershey Gardens has a must-see butterfly exhibit. For a completely different experience take a beer tasting tour at Troegs Brewing Company, bring home a few bottles for further enjoyment.

 
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