Escape summer's heat in this rustic log cabin and enjoy its modern amenities and dramatic vistas over a broad valley. Situated close to Jefferson National Forest with its hiking trails (9 miles), New River Campground for canoeing or tubing (12 miles), Grayson Highlands State Park (Mt. Rogers - 13 miles) and the VA Creeper Bike Trail (42 miles), the cabin provides a base for scenic trips to numerous festivals, antique shops and outdoor recreational opportunities if you have an itch to do so. Alternatively, you can rock on the front porch and absorb the ever-changing and spectacular views. The log cabin features a 2-story vaulted ceiling, dramatic fireplace and rough-hewn plank walls and ceiling in the living room. Local vintage antiques decorate the living room walls.
The cabin sleeps 10, but there are 2 extra bunks and a pull-out couch if needed.
Surrounded by pine forests and fields, you might see some deer and wild turkeys and hear owls. You are guaranteed to hear a chorus of birds and the swish of the wind through pine trees in the morning. Bring your hiking shoes and some good books to enjoy in this tranquil, beautiful setting.
Temperatures at the cabin's 4,000 feet elevation are typically about 10 degrees cooler than in lower-elevation Independence, VA, just 8 miles away. And Independence typically has 10-degree lower temperatures than lower-elevation Piedmont locations such as Charlotte, NC, some 124 miles to the south. Independence has a large grocery store, restaurants, park with swimming pool and tennis courts, and antiqueing if you decide to go exploring.
Explore the area from the cabin's central base:
o Jefferson National Forest (9 mi from cabin)
o Grayson Highlands State Park (13 mi)
o Grayson Recreation Park (9 mi) swimming, tennis courts, hiking
o Peach Bottom Falls (9 mi)
o Blue Ridge Parkway (25 mi)
o Shatley Springs Restaurant (31 mi)
o Hillsville Flea Market (36 mi)
o Virginia Creeper Bike Trail (42 mi)
o Library, churches, museum and gift shop in Independence (8 mi)
Enjoy festivities and activities in Independence:
o Farmer's Market (Wednesday 4-6 pm; Friday 9 am -1 pm; early May thru early October)
o Concerts in the historic Old Courthouse on some weekends in summer
o Jam Sessions featuring bluegrass music Wed 6 - 9 pm on Old Courthouse lawn
o July 4th Parade and Fireworks display includes craft and food tents, music
o Potty Princess Pageant and Fall Mountain Foliage Festival and Grand Privy Race in October
o Safe Halloween with music, bouncy houses, pony rides, haunted house
. . . and nearby festivities:
o Clogging and Blue Grass Music (Saturday nights at Flat Ridge Community Center)
o Fiddler's Convention in Galax, VA