There are as many cabins for hire in Pennsylvania as there are reasons people find to hire them. The state has a plethora of picturesque destinations, along the shores of Lake Erie, among the Blue Ridge Mountains and deep in the state park forests. The seasons bring fresh vistas with spring flowers, autumn foliage and winter wonderlands, perfect for a weekend getaway or day trip.

Disused railways have found new purpose as hiking trails, biking tracks and ski routes. Black bears, elks and other wild creatures still make their homes in the state.

The Old Order Amish have kept up their 18th century traditions, supported by local and international tourists. Many lifelong friendships have been kindled around campfires in Pennsylvania.

1. Cook Riverside Cabins, Pennsylvania

Cook Riverside Cabins, Pennsylvania
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There are 21 cabins to choose from at Cook Riverside Cabins. They range from four beds to twelve. The cabins are located in the heart of the Cook Forest State Park which is 8500 acres or wooded area, rolling hills and mountains. The log cabins have fireplaces and full kitchens, plus outdoor cooking options. There are Veteran and winter specials. During summer, cabins need to be rented weekly with check in on Saturdays. In other seasons, there is a two-night minimum stay required. Pets are welcome for an additional fee and are limited to two per cabin. The cabins are managed by Cook Forest Cabins.

115 Riverside Drive, Cooksburg, PA 16214, Phone: 800-680-0160

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2. Fair Winds in the Forest Cabins & Lodge

Fair Winds in the Forest Cabins & Lodge
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Also under the management of Cook Forest Cabins, there are seven cabins and a lodge, located near Clarington, between the Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Parks. The cabins sleep between 2 and 8 people and Cider House Lodge can accommodate up to 16 people, in four bedrooms and a loft area. Pets are allowed and there is a 20% discount in winter. There are several activities in the area, including half marathons, geocaching and county fairs. Trout season opens in mid-April. The Kids Fishing Derby, the Living History weekend, Festival of the Trees and Snowmen in the Forest are some of the region's annual events.

12860 Route 36, Clarington, Pennsylvania 15828, Phone: 814-744-8300

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3. Whispering Oaks Cabins, Pennsylvania

Whispering Oaks Cabins, Pennsylvania
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These cabins are also managed by Cook Forest Cabins. They are situated near Leeper, at the northern corner of the Cook Forest State Park. The park is a National Natural Monument and has been rated among America's top 50 parks. There are seven log cabins, sleeping between two and eight guests, which would include infants and children. They are pet friendly, subject to an additional fee and a limit of two per cabin. There are 47 miles of hiking trails and 24 miles of multi-purpose tracks in the park. The Sawmill Center for Arts is nearby.

2001, 2295 PA-36, Leeper, PA 16233, Phone: 814-744-8300

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4. Evergreen Cabins, Pennsylvania

Evergreen Cabins, Pennsylvania
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There are 9 cabins, all named after bears, on this wooded property near Cooksburg. They sleep between two and twelve people each and are situated far apart making them private and secluded. There is also a farmhouse built in 1896 which has five bedrooms and two full bathrooms and sleeps 12 people. Pets are permitted. The Mercantile shop on the premises sells gifts, groceries and clothing. It also serves pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and sundaes. The fishing season begins in spring. Trout and bass are among the species caught in the Clarion River.

13278 Route 36, 16217 Cooksburg, Pennsylvania, Phone: 800-561-6463

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5. MacBeth's Cabins and Country Store

MacBeth's Cabins and Country Store
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There have been MacBeth's cabins for 80 years and many have become second homes to families who return year after year. There are a total of 29 cabins, offering rustic lodging with creature comforts and the opportunity to fish from the porch. There are also camp sites available. The Country Store offers everything vacationers would need for camping and car repairs, as well as gifts, gas and groceries. The property is situated in northwest Pennsylvania, on the Clarion river and close to the Allegheny National Forest and the Forest Cathedral natural area.

15361 Route 36 PO Box 115, Cooksburg, PA 16217, Phone: 800-331-6319

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6. Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Wapiti Woods

Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Wapiti Woods
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This wooded retreat in the Pennsylvania Wilds offers accommodation for 36 people in 10 cabins. Five of the cabins are designed for romance. They sleep two people and each have a hot tub to relax in. The other cabins can sleep 4-6 people each and are separated by woodlands and streams. Groups are welcome. The site is in elk country, close to Benezette Township and the Sinnemahoning Creek. The walking trail along the old Buffalo and Western Railroad track runs through the area and there is a lumber museum nearby.

5186 River Road, Weedville, Pa 15868, Phone: 814-787-7525

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7. Aikens Cabins at Bear Meadows, Pennsylvania

Aikens Cabins at Bear Meadows, Pennsylvania
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There is an abundance of bears in Bear Meadows and they are likely to be seen near Aikens Cabins. The cabins are close together and all have two bedrooms, a living room and a full-fitted kitchen. Pets are allowed at an extra fee. The 80000 acre Rothrock State Forest is close by where blueberries grow wild round a 320 acre bog. There are several hiking trails in the steep mountain terrain. The Tussey Mountain Ski Resort and historic Boalsburg are close by. The cabins are conveniently situated for visiting State College and Pennsylvania State University.

400 Bear Meadows Rd, Boalsburg, PA 16827, Phone: 814-466-9299

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8. Amish Country Inns

Amish Country Inns
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This company operates two inns, a restaurant and two vacation home rentals in the historic town of Strasburg. It is Dutch Amish country. Thomas House was once a bus station and has been converted into a comfortable three-bedroom, three-bathroom holiday home with accommodation for 12 people. The elegant double-story Village Home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and sleeps 13. The houses are within walking distance of antique shops, galleries and other local attractions. Amish Country Inns runs The Olde Mill restaurant and a luxury spa which offers facial, manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments.

Strasburg, Lancaster County, PA, Phone: 717-768-3204

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9. Antler Shed Cabins, Pennsylvania

Antler Shed Cabins, Pennsylvania
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Elk and other wild creatures roam freely on this property which is in the heart of Pennsylvania's elk country. There are four cabins with 1-2 bedrooms, capable of accommodating 2-5 people each. The cabins are named after the life stages that elks go through. Raghorns have just started growing antlers; Spikes have a single antler; Monarchs have antlers that are 8' by 8'; and Imperials have antlers that are 7' by 7'. There are thousands of acres of forests and streams to explore in the area, several annual festivals and the PA Wilds Visitor Center.

27 Elk Country Road, Benezette, PA, 15821, Phone: 814-787-7327

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10. Barr None Lodge, Pennsylvania

Barr None Lodge, Pennsylvania
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Barr Top Rentals manages four properties in the valley of the Bennett Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek. Barr None Lodge is in a secluded, mountain top setting near Driftwood. The two-bedroom Cape Cod style home sleeps 8. Spring View Lodge is near Benezette township and sleeps 8, in three bedrooms. It is also situated on top of a hill. Camp Critter is set in two acres of wilderness, with mountain views and fishing on site. There is accommodation for 12 in the lodge. Bull Hollow Lodge is the quietest and most remote of the properties. The mountain top retreat sleeps 10.

PA Route 555, Phone: 724-549-3164

11. Beaver Creek Farm Cabins, Pennsylvania

Beaver Creek Farm Cabins, Pennsylvania
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Beaver Creek Farm Cabins, close to Strasburg, has been in business since 1966. A second generation is now running this family business. There are 10 cabins on the 35 acre property which have sleeping facilities for 2-4 people each.

Guests can fish in the pond or take long walks on the property and country roads. Amish neighbors often drive by in their horse-drawn buggies. There is a long tradition of weekly communal cookouts where guests meet each other. Many guests have become lifelong friends as they meet up year after year. There is no television or Wifi reception on the property, except at the pavilion. More info

2 Little Beaver Road, Strasburg, PA 17579, Phone: 717-687-7745

12. Black Bear Cabins

Black Bear Cabins
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Named after the black bears that roam the area, the cabins are located close to the Clarion River and the Cook Forest State Park, also known as Pennsylvania's Black Forest. There are four cabins which sleep between four and six people each. Scenic mountains and the forest's observation tower can be seen in the distance. Rocks found on the property have been used to demarcate the pathways. Check in is at the Gateway Lodges, a sister company, which has a restaurant on site and offers spa treatments and massages. The area is renowned for its historic towns, wineries and elk territory.

55 Blackbeary Lane, Cooksburg, PA 16217, Phone: 814-744-8017

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13. Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Loch Highlands

Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Loch Highlands
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There are seven cabins on this property which overlooks Lake Wallenpaupack. They are set apart on a hillside, in a pastoral setting. The cabins sleep between 4-6 people and are ideal for small families. Cabins are rented by the week, from Saturday to Saturday. Seasonal rates apply and Loch Highlands is closed between November and April. There is much to do on the property and many attractions close by. The open fields attract birds, butterflies and deer. Water sports are popular in the lake and there are two docks for launching rowing, sailing and motorized boats.

133 Ansley Road, Paupack, PA 18451, Phone: 570-857-0529

14. Miller's Store and Blackwell Rental Cottages, Pennsylvania

Miller's Store and Blackwell Rental Cottages, Pennsylvania
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There are four vacation rentals available through Miller's Store which is situated on the Mid State Trail, at the end of Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon. Ranger Station is an ideal base for small groups hunting in the area. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The Section House has three bedrooms and is situated on the Pine Creek Trail. Guests can watch cyclists and walkers going past from the front porch. Cottage on the Flat has two bedrooms and is situated on Babbs Creek, within site of the trail. There is a one-roomed apartment underneath the store which provides an opportunity to sleep in a real bed while on the trail.

730 Rt 414, Morris PA 16938, Phone: 570-353-2258

15. Pine Crest Cabins, Pennsylvania

Pine Crest Cabins, Pennsylvania
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There are three cabins and 75 campsites on this 100 acre property which is adjacent to the State Game Forest. The cabins can accommodate between 8 and 10 people each. There is much to see and do on the property and in the area. The Clarion River is popular with canoeists and fishermen and there are hiking, biking and horse riding trails on the property. There is a recreation area with facilities for playing softball, badminton and volleyball. The on-site amusement center has bumper boats and race tracks for cars. Pine Crest is open 7 days a week in summer and on weekends only, in spring and fall.

13425 Route 36 Clarington, PA 15828, Phone: 814-752-2200

16. Romantic Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Stone Crest Cabins

Romantic Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Stone Crest Cabins
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There are four properties available for rental on Turkey Ridge Lane, Leeper, close to Cook Forest. The Lodge has a loft and a full deck and is surrounded by mature oaks. There are eight double beds and one single in the double-story hilltop cabin. Riverview sleeps between 10 and 14 people in the basement, ground floor and loft. The large open plan gathering room has massive windows overlooking the river. Creekside has three bedrooms and a loft. The deck and the two-story wall of windows have views of the hemlock thicket and the creek. Wagon Wheel cabin is cozy and ideal for a romantic getaway.

Leeper PA 16233, Phone: 800-634-2495

17. Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Great Valley Cabins

Cabin Getaways in Pennsylvania: Great Valley Cabins
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This enterprise was established in 2014, near Wellsboro in the Pennsylvania Wilds. There are five cabins which sleep between 4 and 13 people. Each cabin has unique d├ęcor, with air conditioning, heating and ceiling fans. There are craft and other specialty shops in Wellsboro, as well as a range of restaurants. The Corning Museum of Glass, which chronicles 3500 years of the history of glass, is just over the border in New York. Also in upstate New York, in the Finger Lake area, there are more than 100 wineries and breweries.

5155 Route 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901, Phone: 814-433-6100

18. Cook Forest Top Hill Cabins, Pennsylvania

Cook Forest Top Hill Cabins, Pennsylvania
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There are 13 cabins on this 22 acre property. They can accommodate between two and eight people each. There are 30 miles of hiking trails in the nearby Cook Forest State Park with highlights such as the old growth forests and the Forest Cathedral. There are black bears, elk and white-tailed deer In the park. From the top of the 80 foot Fire Tower, visitors have uninterrupted views of the forest and the surrounding area. There is plenty of man-made entertainment for children, including go-karting, bumper boats and mini-golf. The Sawmill Art Center is also in the vicinity.

2808 Forest Rd, Cooksburg,PA, 16217, Phone: 800-531-1545

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