Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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Arkansas may surprise you—or maybe not if you’ve visited before. Many natural wonders fill the state, from beautiful rivers, rolling mountains to even revitalizing hot springs. Amongst the vast forests and parks, many cabin rentals are strewn about. Ranging from simple and pure, to pampering and lavish, there’s something for every escape need. Cabins are abundant in Arkansas, and we’ve rounded up the ones we feel are highly rated, versatile and totally awesome.
Looking for your own private lodge? You found it. The cabin sits on stilts, projecting itself far into the tree line of the mountains. Inside is sleek, yet earthy, and high-end fixtures like rain showerheads and spa-like bathrooms take it all to the next level. Don’t even get us started on that unbelievable porch!
Beaver Lake is a large reservoir body of water in Arkansas, and it’s a summertime haven. This cabin sits right on the edge of this aquatic adventure territory, so launching kayaks, or simply a quick cool off, is just steps away. With impressive structuring, this is more than an average cabin—it’s quite lavish in many perspectives. And very beautiful of course.
The Back Porch is an A-frame cabin between Town Square and Blanchard Springs Cavern. It is available to rent for up to six people and has two queen-size beds and a sofa bed. The Airbnb hosts provide kitchen and bathroom basics, Roku TV, Wi-Fi, a propane grill, firewood, coffeemaker, cookware, linens, and towels. The property does not have direct creek access, but you can go to the closest swim hole, about 10 minutes away. Dogs are welcome with a $75 pet fee.
Wind down a wooden catwalk that extends to the treehouse cabin, which hangs amongst the native foliage. With branch railings that also extend to the overlooking porch and polished earthy interiors, it’s a luxurious yet “down to earth” dream. Spend nights watching the sunset from the bathtub with a view.
Like a breath of fresh air from the surrounding forest, we have this straight forward, gorgeous cabin. No gimmicks—just sheer beauty and that wonderful outdoor charm. Proximal to the Buffalo River, a wealth of wildlife may be spotted, and plenty of exploration awaits.
The riverfront location will likely be what sells potential guests—both sides of the river are part of the property, and tons of deck space cascades down to the water. While being a swimming and kayaking paradise, the terrain of the Ouachita Mountains beckons to be hiked. The home has a lovely bathhouse that blends with nature, in a rugged yet chic way.
Available to rent on Vrbo, this lakefront cabin has a kitchen and balcony with views of Moonlight Bay on Lake Hamilton. It is 1,000 square feet in size but feels spacious with the large couch, screened back porch, and fireplace. Cabin features include three smart TVs, Wi-Fi, and a coffee bar. You do not have direct access to the lake here, but there is a boat launch about five houses down.
To tuck yourselves away in the Ozark Mountains for the weekend or longer, book this cabin for up to six people. It has one bedroom with a queen-size bed and single bed, a common space with a single bed and sofa bed, and one bathroom. There is a private (seasonal) pool and hot tub onsite that guests can use. Other features of the rental are a full kitchen, fireplace, garage, and pet-friendly accommodation with a $25 pet fee.
For couples and small families, consider this Arkansas cabin in a beautiful mountainside setting for your next outdoorsy trip. It has a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a double bed in the living room in a location that is just four miles from the Hot Springs bathhouse row. The rental cabin has a fireplace, hanging bed, 250-square-foot deck with a hot tub, hammocks, fire pit, and grill.
With trees intertwined throughout, and used in raw form for the construction, the cabin, or treehouse, seems as if it just grew from the very ground beneath it. However, the small but efficient interior feels just like a lovely home, and the bottom level features open-air lounging space with a bundle of spots to relax.
We love this pick because it melds a brighter bohemian look with the traditional cabin vibe. Formerly, a historian and author called this place home, further enriching its roots. A huge bonus is that while feeling somewhat separated from the world, shops and restaurants are quite close by.
Located just minutes from Eureka Springs, is this quaint “pod” cabin, which sits amongst a small cluster of others. The curved roofline adds unique charm that can be seen throughout the interior of the precious dwelling. All the amenities are in place, from a small kitchen to a bathroom.
This is your family getaway pick, that can comfortably sleep 12 guests within the loft, rooms and adorable built-in bunk space. Game tables and so much room to recreate in the actual abode is phenomenal for get-togethers or a small reunion. And that’s not even delving into all the Ozark forest have to offer.
Up to six guests can stay in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin for a trip to Arkansas. It is a mountain cabin near Bethesda Lake, where you can enjoy kayaking (kayaks provided!), fishing, and swimming. The cabin is four miles from the city of Mena and five to 10 minutes from the Wolf Pen Gap west trailhead. There are king-size beds in each bedroom, plus a sofa bed in the common space.
Surrounded by the Ozark National Forest, the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trails, and Buffalo National River Headwaters, this primitive cabin sleeps six guests in Arkansas. It is a solar-powered cabin where guests use an outhouse and solar shower bag outside. The Airbnb is a budget-friendly, eco-friendly cabin that’s secluded and on an organic farm and that has a six-site campground for additional guests. It has wood bunks rather than beds and does not come with linens, blankets, or pillows. Bring your own supplies and cooking equipment!
If you love Christmas, this is the getaway for you, regardless of the time of year. Super rustic with lots of farmhouse accents like metal and old wood, the rental sits on an actual Christmas tree farm. When the cabin isn’t in use around the holidays, travelers can come to immerse in the world of tree farming. You better bet the interior is decked out in twinkling lights, snowman bedding and other magical accents.
Here’s a beautiful cabin where you can enjoy nature in a quiet, wooded setting. The studio-style cabin has a queen-size bed, a small kitchenette with a few small appliances, and a bathroom. There is a lovely front deck where you can have a meal outdoors or sit to listen to the birds. The cabin is near Lake Ouachita, Ouachita River, and the Caddo River. It is decorated with unique, local, and handmade décor. Perfect for couples, the rental comes with a smart TV, Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee and breakfast items, a fire pit, and grills.
Ideal for two guests, this Arkansas cabin is a rustic retreat with a waterfall trickling right outside the back door. It has a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a large screened porch for lounging. Prep your meals in the outdoor kitchen, cook out on the gas BBQ grill, and take a soak in the new hot tub. There are two cabins for rent next to each other on the property, and guests have access to the full 300-acre property along a mile of Roasting Ear Creek. Come here to disconnect from technology because there is no cell service or Wi-Fi.
If you enjoy fishing, this Arkansas cabin is a great choice. It is a one-bedroom cabin with a loft, kitchen, and patio along the riverfront. The master bedroom is downstairs, while the loft has two twin beds for kids and is accessible by a ladder. Amenities provided include a smart TV, air conditioning, and a BBQ grill. Many people come to this area for fishing in the White River, and the owners of the cabin live next door in case you need anything.