Log cabins are magical places. Remote and rustic, often surrounded by trees, they provide a cozy retreat from the stresses of daily life.
Although early versions built by American colonists were drafty and uncomfortable, over the years the log cabin has become a symbol of American resilience in the rugged wilderness. These days, you’ll find many that were lovingly built by hand and even tailored to specific interests and activities.
While they certainly aren’t fussy or pretentious, today’s log cabins are outfitted with the creature comforts sought by buyers who aren’t keen to hike to an outhouse when nature calls. They’re also further proof vacation homes aren’t just for the richest 1%—everyday working folks can afford a retreat of their very own.
With affordability in mind, we chopped through the thicket of log cabin listings across America to find 10 that were priced below $300,000. They’re sure to inspire you to pack a bag and head into the great outdoors.
56965 McKenzie Hwy, McKenzie Bridge, OR
River view charmer: Built in 1950, this two-bedroom red cabin sits on just under a half-acre in the woods. The property also includes a large shop and laundry room, one-car garage, wood shed, and private deck overlooking a river.
95 Dewey Dr, Ellijay, GA
Cabin with amenities: You’ll find this two-bedroom cabin just across the road from the Coosawattee River. Built in 2000, it offers over 1,100 square feet of living space and is situated on a secluded 1.63-acre lot. If you decide to leave its cozy confines, there’s a recreation center just up the road with an indoor heated pool, fitness facility, and game room.
25 Bull Pine Rd, Idaho City, ID
Gated in the pines: Located in a gated community less than an hour outside Boise, this cabin is situated on just over an acre of woods. Built in 1980, the four-bedroom cabin has a covered, wraparound deck on both the upper and lower levels. The community’s roads are maintained year-round and surrounded by pristine, public land for communing with nature.
1150 Burnett Station Rd, Seymour, TN
Wooded bliss: Built in 1982, this roomy cabin has two bedrooms and a loft in its 2,400 square feet of living space. The open floor plan features a wood-burning fireplace, cathedral ceiling in the living room, a large kitchen with island, and tons of natural light. Outside, the home sits on a large, level yard and has a charming front porch made for lounging.
38010 Highway 12 W, Lolo, MT
At one with nature: Completely modernized inside, this cabin built in 1946 was designed to exist in harmony with its spectacular surroundings. A cool one-bedroom cabin, it features vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, custom doors, and a wood-burning fireplace. It sits on a lot just under a full acre that’s a short distance from the Lolo Hot Springs resort.
1543 Miners Lake, Ely, MN
Family fishing: Located on Miners Lake, this three-bedroom cabin boasts water views from inside and outside the home, including the large deck out back. The 1-acre property also comes with a 260-square-foot bunkhouse and 185 feet of shoreline. The Trezona Trail runs alongside the property and offers hiking, cross-country skiing, and access to snowmobile trails.
Slate Mills Rd, Sperryville, VA
Old Rag Mountain retreat: Sitting atop a gentle hill, this log cabin from the 1700s was imported from Pennsylvania in 2002. It now sits on a 3-acre lot with views of Old Rag Mountain. Awaiting a buyer with a taste for history, it features a stone foundation and three floors with a total of 2,058 square feet of living space.
878 Viridian Ln, Fairbanks, AK
Sled dogs’ delight: Located just a quick walk from the Alaska Dog Mushers Association, this mahogany cabin sits on nearly an acre, which is plenty of room for your sled dogs to run and play. Built in 1982, the two-bedroom cabin is kept warm and cozy thanks to two Toyo stoves.
13370 Highway 167, New Brockton, AL
Grand living: Far from a little house in the woods, this six-bedroom cabin offers more than 3,300 square feet of living space. There’s a basement apartment with separate access as well as a large workshop. Built in 1979, the main house offers gorgeous views, a private balcony, skylights, two fireplaces, a great mezzanine, and an oversize deck for entertaining.
1421 Zermatt Dr, Pine Mountain Club, CA
Forest charmer: Recently updated, this 900-square-foot cabin from 1979 is situated on a quarter-acre in the forest. The roof of the two-bedroom abode was constructed of cedar shake, but it has a fiberglass underlay to protect the home from fire.