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12 Best Places to Buy a Cabin in the US

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A cottage tucked away in the woods is the ultimate cozy retreat. Imagine trading noisy, honking cars for the soothing sound of rustling leaves and babbling brooks. Then mix the earthy scent of wood and wildflowers. If this sounds heavenly to you, you’re not alone. According to housing rental company Evolve, cabins have increased in popularity by 37 percent since 2021, making this type of property an excellent investment. To help potential second homeowners, the company recently released a report on the best places to buy a log cabin in the U.S.

“We look at destinations that benefit both investors and guests,” said Louis Olds, director of real estate at Evolve Travel + Leisure. “For investors, we identify locations with attractive returns and strong guest demand. For guests, we consider amenities, such as a fireplace or hot tub, that can overlook the mountains or lake shores as a perfect, cozy escape to a remote destination.”

So, without further ado, here are 12 of the best places to buy a cabin in the US and escape the stress of everyday life.


Gatlinburg, Tenn

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Known as the gateway to America’s most popular national park, the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a year-round playground for travelers seeking outdoor adventures. With miles of hiking trails winding through spectacular scenery, gorgeous mountain vistas, and access to family-friendly amenities and attractions, the destination draws vacationers from all over the country. No wonder cabins are in high demand here. Evolve estimates that homeowners can earn an average of $39,715 in annual income, with some earning as much as $105,000.



Hocking Hills, Ohio

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While Hocking Hills may not be a household name, this beautiful under-the-radar region southeast of Columbus, Ohio is a nature lover’s dream. As a result of Black Hand Sandstone weathering in the area, time has carved beautiful caves, waterfalls and canyons, making Hocking Hills an exciting hiking destination. Vacationers looking to relax amongst lush forests and scenic views will not be disappointed. And potential homeowners have plenty of choices, too. Homes range from small and cozy to sprawling multi-million dollar log cabins. And if you decide to rent your second home, you could earn nearly $40,000 a year, according to Evolve.



Fairbanks, Alaska

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Alaska evokes images of pristine nature, where wild animals roam undisturbed. And this is exactly what you will find in Fairbanks. The second-largest city in the state is a two-hour drive from Denali National Park and Preserve, home to six million acres of pristine wilderness, including North America’s tallest mountain. To maximize your experience (and that of your potential renter), focus your search on classic log cabins with direct access to the water (the Chena River flows through town) and amenities like fire pits and game rooms.



Bryson City, North Carolina

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As one of North Carolina’s most charming small towns, with a downtown filled with independent shops, restaurants and breweries, Bryson City is packed with character. Travelers come here primarily for access to natural treasures like the Great Smoky Mountains and Appalachian Trail, plus all the outdoor activities and scenic views that come with it. Cabins are a hot item here, and with an average asking price of less than $250,000, the area is perfect for new investors or those looking for an affordable vacation home.



Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Downtown Eureka Springs, with its Victorian buildings and winding streets, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But in addition to the unique architecture, the city also has a lot to offer nature lovers. Nestled between two rivers and in close proximity to three lakes, this Ozarks town treats cabin dwellers and renters to an endless list of year-round water activities, mountain trails, and idyllic views galore. Evolve estimates annual cap rates at 6.4 percent, which, combined with low median home values ​​($238,451), means you could make nearly $22,000 a year from your cabin in Eureka Springs.



More George, New York

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The Adirondacks is a four-season playground for New Yorkers, offering visitors a welcome break from city life. Known as the “Birthplace of the American Vacation,” Lake George has been the crown jewel of the region and the vacation destination of choice for generations of Americans since at least the 1800s. Swimming, hiking and water activities abound here, so investing in a remote cabin is a good idea. An investment here is worth it, especially when compared to other popular mountain destinations near New York City. With a strong cap rate (six percent) and relatively affordable homes ($351,712), Lake George is the perfect destination to own a cabin.

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Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota

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With hundreds of lakes, rivers, and dense forests, it’s no wonder Brainerd Lakes is known as “Minnesota’s playground” and is one of the best places in the US to own a vacation home. a top spot for golf enthusiasts. Get a cabin here and you can wake up to idyllic mountain or lake views, cool breezes and the sound of chirping birds. And if you’re looking for an investment property, Evolve suggests focusing your search on lakefront cabins with docks, cozy fireplaces, and game rooms.



Blue Ridge, Georgia

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About 90 miles north of Atlanta, this classic mountain town offers access to more than 100,000 acres of forest, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, vineyards, and breathtaking views you’ll never forget. The rolling hills outside of Blue Ridge are dotted with ranches, luxury lodges, and cabins, offering unique lodging and investment opportunities. To increase your earning potential, look for a cabin with large windows and beautiful vistas, and you could earn nearly $30,000 in annual income.



Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville is known as a top food destination with outstanding hospitality and historic architecture. Asheville is often ranked among the best cities in the US. But this North Carolina town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains also draws vacationers seeking outdoor adventures, endless epic hiking. Understandably, Asheville’s appeal with both types of travelers means even better rental potential for your cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Evolve’s top tip for buying a home here is to seek proximity to the center of town without compromising privacy, amenities, and beautiful natural surroundings.



Dover, Vermont

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Originally a summer vacation destination, Dover’s lush mountains, scenic lakes, and ponds kept visitors happy during the hot months until Mount Snow Resort was developed in the 1950s and the town also became a favorite of winter sports fans. And with epic fall foliage, Dover is now the ultimate four-season New England destination.

While cabins in the area don’t have a high cap rate — 3.9 percent — you could still earn more than $25,000 a year if you decide to rent out your property. To appeal to potential renters, make sure you offer proximity to Mount Snow as well as an array of entertaining amenities such as a fire pit, game room, and fireplace.



Livingston, Montana

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One visit to Livingston is enough to convince you to come and live here full time. The city of Montana is located on the banks of the Yellowstone River and is surrounded by spectacular scenery. With Yellowstone National Park nearby, the city’s vibrant arts scene, family-run restaurants, and laid-back atmosphere cater to those seeking a blend of urban conveniences and natural beauty.

To make the most of your second home here, choose a cabin with ample fishing, panoramic mountain views, and close proximity to Yellowstone.



Big Lake, Colorado

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Who can say no to majestic lake views against the towering peaks of the Rockies? Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural body of water, bustles with activity during the summer months. But winter brings another layer of fun to the lake’s scenic shores. Known as the snowmobile capital of Colorado (you can even snowmobile on city roads), visitors can also enjoy epic adventures when the temperature drops.