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Picturesque Hilltop Site, hiking trails, beautiful view

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Hilltop Site includes a one room ‘cabin’ structure and provides a spectacular mountain view from both the outside fire pit area (firewood provided) and from inside the structure which has four large picture windows. To enhance their forest rejuvenation experience, guests may use this ‘cabin’ structure during their rental of this forest site or they may bring their own amenities for use on this site (see Notes in the Rates section below). Relaxation amenities located in the ‘cabin’ structure include a queen-sized bed as well as a full-sized futon. Four cots can also be set-up in the low-ceiling loft (accessible by pull-down stairs). This ‘cabin’ has some electricity and appliances (refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, hot plate and tv) if the guests would like to use them during their rental of this forest site. Right beside the ‘cabin’ is an outdoor hot shower (towels supplied) and portable toilet (serviced every 2 days). This ‘cabin’ structure is supplied with plates, cups, flatware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, and a coffee pot to enhance your relaxation while renting this site. There is also an outdoor propane grill and utensils for your use.

Our new utility building at the base of the hill has a modern toilet and shower room that is open 24/7 for your use. There are towels, shampoo and body wash which you are welcome to use.

The Hilltop Site is accessible by a 10 - 20 minute walk up an old logging road as no private vehicles are allowed on the retreat property. We do, however, transport your gear by our retreat vehicle upon arrival and at check out.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2017

Why Karen chose Adirondacks

The McKinley Retreat offers a unique Adirondack vacation rental nestled directly into the Adirondack forest approximately 30 minutes from the village of Lake Placid. Our rentals are designed to provide the privacy and tranquility you seek in a one-of-a-kind 'camping alternative' experience. This is a rustic, back to nature adventure, ideal if you are looking for a unique Adirondack vacation in the heart of the woods.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Au Sable Forks in Black Brook

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Portable Bathroom -
  • There is an outdoor portable toilet adjacent to the 'cabin' which was custom designed and built exclusively for the McKinley Retreat. This facility is serviced every 2 days to maintain freshness.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • There is a queen-sized bed and a fill-sized futon. Accommodations can be made for four cots in the low-ceiling loft sleeping area (accessible by pull-down stairs).
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
The McKinley Retreat offers miles of woodland hiking trails ranging from a gentle stroll to seriously steep terrain.


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Picturesque Hilltop Site, hiking trails, beautiful view
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful secluded cabin near Lake Placid

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot in the Adirondacks. Ideal for 4 people, the house has beautiful views and it is secluded. Everything is provided and is new, and Karen is an incredibly gracious hostess.

We had an amazing stay, and we look forward to going back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful! We stayed in the hilltop cabin, and the view from up there is gorgeous! The picture does not show it, but the back side of the cabin that faces the mountains/valley has several very large windows. The inside of the cabin was very clean and cozy, and much attention has been given to details. There is a fridge, stove, coffee pot, toaster oven, microwave and sink. The fire-pit outside the cabin was perfect! They had boxes of newspaper and kindling, and a large supply of logs. We roasted marshmellows while enjoying the stars and the view! The toilet and shower are attached to the cabin, and you walk outside the length of the cabin to get to them. This could be inconvenient if it was very cold or rainy, but I actually enjoyed the outdoor shower a lot! The owners are very friendly. The land has been in the family for decades, and there are two cabins and several campsites they make available for guests. I got the sense that they cared more about us enjoying the property than about making money. It was the prefect place to recover from a week of backpacking in the Adirondacks. I highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our two dogs wanted to get away and go camping for a few days. We had an amazing time here! Everything was really well thought out, even more than we could imagine! The outdoor kitchen was perfect and had everything we needed. The hiking trails were perfect for our dogs. We checked out the bigger cabin on our hike and plan on going up again with our friends! I would highly recommend the McKinley retreat!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything We Hoped For

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed for a long weekend in the Hill Top Cabin and it was simply wonderful. You're given all the privacy in the world and the view is just spectacular. Clear days and starry nights are just stunning. The cabin was rustic, clean, and has electricity. The outhouse and outdoor shower were also very clean and I never thought showering outdoors would ever be that stellar but it was sublime. The walk to the cabin was not difficult but it is, almost obviously, uphill. However, if you are unable to do so, the people there are very helpful and are happy to accommodate. There are plenty of trails onsite if you are looking to get some exercise as well! If you are looking for something off the beaten trail, the serenity of seclusion and the great outdoors in it's purest form, this place is for you.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint and quiet cabin with all the necessities

  • 5 of 5

We booked the forest cabin for a one night weekend getaway. It was just two of us and being from Manhattan, we didn't know what to expect and weren't too prepared for camping, but we had amazing stay as the Forest Cabin had everything we could possibly need. Despite no electricity or running water at the cabin, the main house is a short walk away where you could use a flushable toilet and shower. Everything was very clean and extremely organized, and the "kitchen" was well-equipped with a grill, sink, pots & pans, flatware, paper plates, etc. We had a cozy stay and awoke to only the sound of birds chirping. Karen was a great host - so sweet and accommodating. We plan on returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the forest cabin. It was a quiet get-away for just the two of us. The accommodations were well thought out. Everything we could possibly need was provided. The cabin was clean and cozy. The cabin is nestled amongst tall pine trees and was quite serene. We also enjoyed near-by Lake Placid and the top-notch restaurants close-by. We are planning to return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I look forward to having you back again soon.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Plattsburgh International
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Port Kent Ferry
Nearest Point of Interest
AuSable River
Nearest Point of Interest
Golf Course
Car: necessary

We are about 30 minutes from Lake Placid, site of two Winter Olympics. Explore the history of the region and the many local shops and restaurants which make up this beautiful place.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Au Sable Forks, New York

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £38.47

The Hilltop Site is a small designated real property forest site which rents for a 2-day minimum at $170/day. Each site is for the use of 2 people. Weekly and monthly discounts are available. McKinley Retreat does not maintain or rent residential property, although guests may use structures which may be present within the Hilltop Site (as described above) for their relaxation during the forest site rental period – or they may bring their own amenities.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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